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12-19-2009, 12:57 PM   #1
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K200D kit lens vs K-x kit lens

I've decided to upgrade my K200D to a K-x, but I was wondering if there is a difference between the kit lenses. Does the K-x kit lens use the optics from the kit lens that came with the k200d, or the one that came with the k20d?

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the DA L lenses should be optically the same as the DA 18-55 and the DA 50-200. However, the lens mount is made of plastic, and the quick shift mechanism is removed, to reduce weight and cost. Hence the DA L(ightweight) mark.
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I didn't think the 18-55 had quick shift.
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Only the "L" versions of the kit lenses lack quick shift. All of the regular DA lenses have it (except the 18-250, since Tamron made it).

So the different versions of the 18-55 are:

DA 18-55 (kit lens for *ist series, K100D/K110D, and I think K10D)
DA 18-55 II (kit lens for K20D, K200D, and K-7) - improved opticals over original
DA L 18-55 (kit lens for K-m and K-x) - same optics as the version II
DA 18-55 WR - weather sealed version II lens

the original 18-55 is long discontinued; all currently available versions use the improved "II" optics. All but the "L" version have quick shift, metal mounts, and hoods.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Marc Sabatella Quote
DA L 18-55 (kit lens for K-m and K-x) - same optics as the version II

the original 18-55 is long discontinued; all currently available versions use the improved "II" optics. All but the "L" version have quick shift, metal mounts, and hoods.
Was the 18-55 version II introduced before the K-m? Do all K-m owners have the version II lens?
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See my reply above. There are only the versions I listed, no others. You either have the original 18-55, the 18-55 II, the 18-55 L, or the 18-55 WR - there are no other options. If it doesn't say "II", "L", or "WR" somewhere on the lens, it's the original; otherwise, it's the one it says it is. And as I also specifically said above, the kit lens originally sold with the K-m was the "L" version. Which isn't to say some dealers might not have chosen to instead package the camera with one of the other versions. But it says which version it is right on the lens.
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My K200D came with the original 18-55 which means that it might be a good idea to get the new kit lens concidering it uses the improved optics. I was always impressed by the kit lens. It gave great results, even though it is a bit slow. Personally though I always thought Pentax should have made the 16-45 mm lens the kit lens. It's still pretty cheap here in norway and would really have been a great kit lens.

Been thinking about getting the 18-55 WR lens for my K200D. I live in stavanger and we get a lot of rain most of the year, so it would be useful to have lying around for bad days.
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