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07-30-2012, 07:23 AM   #1
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Can anyone tell me if there's a discernable difference in quality/performance between the 18-55 mm kit lens that came with my KX and the 18-55 mm kit lens that comes with the new K30 or are they virtually the same (other than my kit lens being white in color)?

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They are optically the same. The one that comes with the K-30 is the AL II while yours is the DAL. The main difference is the AL II has a metal mount and supports quick shift.
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QuoteOriginally posted by JinDesu Quote
They are optically the same. The one that comes with the K-30 is the AL II while yours is the DAL. The main difference is the AL II has a metal mount and supports quick shift.
Actually the K30 kit is the same DA L that came with the K-x.
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QuoteOriginally posted by boriscleto Quote
Actually the K30 kit is the same DA L that came with the K-x.
Oh - woops, I must be thinking of the lens on the k-5. I know one of the 18-55s I played with at B&H had quick shift, which is not available on the DAL.

Thanks for correcting me.

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Thanks JinDesu and boriscleto for your responses. I was asking because I'm deciding on whether to get the white K30 with- or without the kit lens. If they are virtually the same, then I can save myself 50 bucks and will get only the white body. Too bad they don't offer the 18-55 mm WR lens as a package.
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I'd get the 18-135WR kit, personally.
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QuoteOriginally posted by deadwolfbones Quote
I'd get the 18-135WR kit, personally.
I would double agree with this - it is an additional $300, but it gives you a WR kit that has more reach than your 18-55, silent motor, and quick shift.
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QuoteOriginally posted by JinDesu Quote
I would double agree with this - it is an additional $300, but it gives you a WR kit that has more reach than your 18-55, silent motor, and quick shift.
Newbie here..What is quick shift and why would I want it?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Indopunk Quote
Newbie here..What is quick shift and why would I want it?
Quick shift is a technology on the Pentax lenses (and there is a similar tech for Canon/Nikon lenses) that allow you to manually adjust the focus even while on autofocus mode.

For example, your DAL 18-55 on the k-x, if you are in autofocus mode, any attempts to rotate the focus ring will result in a nice grinding sound as you are turning the in-camera motor. Quick shift uses a clutch mechanism that allows you to turn the focus ring and disengage the autofocus motor - making it easier and preventing damage to the in body motor.

Reasons why you would use quick shift:

In low-light situations where the camera can do micro adjustments to get AF lock, but is having a tough time with the major adjustments - you can quick shift the lens to about the right focus zone, and the camera can take over from there.

In situations where you want to microadjust the focus on your own without switching to manual mode - like macro shots.

In situations where (less applicable for the DC motor of the 18-135) the lens going through it's full range of focus will generate a nice amount of noise from the screw-drive.
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QuoteOriginally posted by JinDesu Quote
Quick shift is a technology on the Pentax lenses (and there is a similar tech for Canon/Nikon lenses) that allow you to manually adjust the focus even while on autofocus mode.

For example, your DAL 18-55 on the k-x, if you are in autofocus mode, any attempts to rotate the focus ring will result in a nice grinding sound as you are turning the in-camera motor. Quick shift uses a clutch mechanism that allows you to turn the focus ring and disengage the autofocus motor - making it easier and preventing damage to the in body motor.

Reasons why you would use quick shift:

In low-light situations where the camera can do micro adjustments to get AF lock, but is having a tough time with the major adjustments - you can quick shift the lens to about the right focus zone, and the camera can take over from there.

In situations where you want to microadjust the focus on your own without switching to manual mode - like macro shots.

In situations where (less applicable for the DC motor of the 18-135) the lens going through it's full range of focus will generate a nice amount of noise from the screw-drive.

Thanks for enlightening me on this. I can think of many situations in the past where the Quick Shift feature could have come in handy. Definitely something to consider. They don't sell the K30/18-135 mm WR with the white body though.
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