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02-10-2010, 08:53 AM   #1
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DA L 55-300 kit or DA 55-300?

I can purchase the K-x for $450 with the 18-55 and purchase a DA 55-300 separately or I can purchase the K-x 2-lens kit for 650. Budgetwise, I can hold off on the 55-300 a little while, but I am taking a trip early summer to Yellowstone and will purchase a long telephoto by then regardless. Haven't decided on cheaper Sigma, Tamron, getting the DA L in the kit for, essentially $200 or purchasing a new or used DA 55-300.

I understand the optics in the two Pentax lenses are the same with the DA being built better and with the focus overide. Being a newbie I'm just not sure if that's worth the extra money over the $200 lens kit version. For that matter, if I go cheap, I'm not sure between the Tamron, Sigma or Pentax kit lens offerings themselves, but that may be another question.

Any thoughts or recommendations?

02-10-2010, 09:47 AM   #2
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Used DA 55-300mm usually cost around $300..and that is used!
If you get the kit DA-L, it would only take you back $200..and that is new.
You can also sell it too for around $230-$250.
It would be a better investment to get the kit and be done with the thinking or worrying of getting a tele-zoom lens.
If you are not happy with it, then you can sell it later.
02-10-2010, 09:54 AM   #3
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QuoteOriginally posted by ncrecordkeeper Quote
Being a newbie I'm just not sure if that's worth the extra money over the $200 lens kit version.
It's not, not at all.

The K-x + high-end 2 lens kit is an absolute steal. If you're interested in the K-x, and the 55-300, go buy it right now. You won't be disappointed!
02-10-2010, 10:04 AM   #4

Well you have come to the right place... I will attempt to confuse even more!

With a yellowstone trip on the horizon... there is even another option.

But first... I have the tamron 70-300 and now the DAL 55-300 that came with the kit you are looking at.

Here are a couple of shots I just posted in another thread... the blue eyed goose down the page a bit is mine

Between the DA 55-300 and the DAL 55-300 I would opt for the cheaper kit version. I would not spend the money on the metal mount and quick shift. My tamron 70-300 is a good lens IMHO, but the purple fringing drove me nuts... If you want a used copy of that one let me know! Mine will be for sale when I get it back...

Now as to the yellowstone trip... the real answer to me would be to get the $650 kit and with the 150 bucks you save on the DAL vs DA lens, I would start my Lens Saving Account (LSA) to get a Sigma 10-20 or if you are a really good saver, a DA 12-24.

Many of those scenes in Yellowstone are about the Wide, sweeping vistas....

I am enjoying my Kx and DAL 55-300... It is a very usable and light lens.

02-10-2010, 03:12 PM   #5
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I lucked out and got a kit with the DA 55-300. Which apparently is better the the DAL. Tho I didn't pay a DA premium, if i had to choose saving $200 vs the DA I'd save the $200

The DAL is also weather resistant (at least in the DAL 50-200 lens), and THAT would be a plus. Tho the kx isn't, someday one will upgrade the body, so its best to choose your lens with that in mind.
02-11-2010, 07:44 PM   #6
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No DA L is weather sealed. You're thinking of the WR version.
02-11-2010, 10:15 PM   #7
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Actually I used the words weather resistant which was on the box of the 50-200 in a 2 lens kit. I opted for the 55-300 DA and the sales man ask why I wouldn't take the weather resistant one?
Knowing that the DA 55-300 was worth more then the 50-200 I said that the k-x wasn't weather resistant anyways..the K-7 was tho..
am i wrong??
02-12-2010, 12:30 PM   #8
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Hmm. The K-7 is indeed weather resistant and the K-x not. But I'm really surpised the DA L 50-200 box would claim it was weather resistant. Are you *sure* about that? I suspect the salesman was showing you the "DA 50-200 WR" box instead of the "DA L 50-200 " box.


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