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11-05-2009, 06:13 AM   #16
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First impressions are that it is at least as sharp as my old 18-55 DA I which was pretty darned sharp, especially for a kit. I do like the thinner rubber grip surface. It doesn't look quite as bulky and just looks a bit classier. And I had to run it under the sink just for giggles.

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what are the differences as far as performance compared to the kit lens that came on my k10d?
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what are the differences as far as performance compared to the kit lens that came on my k10d?
It is internally the same as the DAII, just WR treatment with coatings and seals. Performance should be the same, and that is what I've seen compared to my version 1 DA18-55. No noticable difference to my poor eyes.
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what are the differences as far as performance compared to the kit lens that came on my k10d?
Assuming your K10D came with the original as opposed to the version II, then you might want to browse/search for discussions of this topic that occurred when the version II first came out (with the introduction of the K20D). I'd say differences are subtle, but noticeable. Most importantly - and I think this is why the lens was redesigned in the first place - the version II is clearly sharper to my eyes in the corners stopped, especially at the wide end and in the middle of the focal length range. Meaning for landscape use (eg, 28mm and f/8), it produces noticeably better results. Aside from that, as I've said before not enough optical difference to be worth upgrading over. The weather resistance of the WR version, on the other hand, could be worth spending the money on, especially when it's so cheap.

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