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03-25-2009, 11:35 PM   #1
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AL II Lens vs. AL I Lens

I want to know what exactly is the difference between a AL II Lens and an AL I Lens

As in a Pentax DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL II Lens

The reason I'm asking this is because I have a Pentax *ist DS camera with a Pentax DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL I kit Lens and am probably going to be upgrading to a K20D but I"m not sure if the Pentax DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL II Lens will have better image quality. If not, then I'll just buy the body only and a 18-250mm DA lens instead.

Is the Pentax DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL II Lens worth the extra $$ if I already have the other?

03-26-2009, 12:51 AM   #2
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The answer is ... I

The newer version is better but not that much better. The money saved by buying the K20 body only could go towards a better lens.
The kit lenses are methadone and the better lenses are the heroin. Collecting kit lenses would make you an LBA sufferer who is in treatment.

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03-26-2009, 01:05 AM   #3
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I'm pretty sure there is no AL I
There 's AL and there's AL II released together with K20D, supposedly with slightly higher resolution to match the K20D's higher Mpix.

If you only pay a small amount extra for the AL II package, and sell the AL to recoup a few dollars, I think it's worth doing it. But not worth paying full price for the AL II itself.

Good luck with your purchase.
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Next time use the search button. A comparison thread here:

03-26-2009, 01:27 AM   #5
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get the body only and go for some Tamron or sigma F2.8 lenses, they are better than the kit lens
03-26-2009, 09:42 PM   #6
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thank you for the comparison, it was worth reading.

In hindsight though, if I had used the search button you wouldn't have had the opportunity to advertise your wonderful comparison to newcomers.

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