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10-31-2012, 02:02 AM   #1
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K-30 vs K-x with DA55-300mm lens, and 18-55WR versus DA L version??

Just ordered a K-30 with an 18-55WR lens, should have it by Saturday.
Have anyone used a DA55-300mm lens on both the K-x and K-30, and how do they compare, especially regarding auto focus speed?

I would also like to know what your take is on the 18-55mm WR lens versus the DA L 18-55mm, as the DA L I got with my K-x is so bad I would not even try to sell it to someone else

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QuoteOriginally posted by altopiet Quote
I would also like to know what your take is on the 18-55mm WR lens versus the DA L 18-55mm, as the DA L I got with my K-x is so bad I would not even try to sell it to someone else
Optically they are identical, the only difference is in the construction of the body.
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QuoteOriginally posted by elliott Quote
Optically they are identical, the only difference is in the construction of the body.
Thanks elliot, perhaps my luck will change and the copy I get will be a good one
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There are two versions of the 18-55 kit lens (optically different, one is older one newer) and then one also comes in DA and DA-L and WR. The differences include different filter thread size, quick shift, metal vs. plastic mount,.. So there are basically 4 'versions' of this lens:


SMC Pentax-DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL Reviews - DA Zoom Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database
SMC Pentax-DA L 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL Reviews - DA L Zoom Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database
SMC Pentax-DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL II Reviews - DA Zoom Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database
SMC Pentax-DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL WR Reviews - DA Zoom Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database

You can see the differences between the DA-L and the WR in there. So yes, optically the same, but better in other ways.
You can check all the lenses in the lens review section
The 55-300 will be a lot of fun to use on your new camera, enjoy

Edit: Also, it is important that the lens is also WR, because the system is only WR if both the camera and the lens are.

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QuoteOriginally posted by altopiet Quote
as the DA L I got with my K-x is so bad I would not even try to sell it to someone else
Your copy must have been dropped or thrown against a concrete wall or something, or maybe you've been using a bad UV filter on it My DAL 18-55 has been really excellent and still remains one of my favorite lenses. It works so well with the K-x. I won't hear a word against it !!! To me it even works better than my WR or AL II versions of the 18-55.
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Thanks Na Horuk, I'll make a plan to have a home made seal around the mount area if I use some of my old lenses in bad weather.

@rwar, When I got my K-x, the DA L 18-55 and 50-200mm was included, and at that stage everybody said that the 18-55 was good for a kit lens, and the 50-200 not so good. In my case it was the opposite, I received a brilliant copy of the 50-200, but most probably the worst copy of the 18-55, and believe me I tried everything, debug AF adjustments etc, I even take it out every once in a while, as the only other wide angle lens option I have is the FA28-80. It will really be interesting to see what the WR version of the 18-55 can do, and I will be delighted if it is as good as you say. If it is, I'll probably have it on my K-x as backup, and the DA 55-300 on the K-30, even if it is not WR. I actually wanted a K-30 body only, but the place where I bought it had a deal, with the 18-55WR included for the same price as the body only, so no complaints. I just hope the 55-300 (which I like a lot) would focus a bit faster on the K-30, as I use it quite a lot for my son's sport, and some birding, and on the K-x it sometimes struggle to achieve focus especially in low light

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QuoteOriginally posted by altopiet Quote
In my case it was the opposite, I received a brilliant copy of the 50-200, but most probably the worst copy of the 18-55,
This is interesting isn't it. I've heard lots of people like the 50-200, but lots of people think it's totally mediocre. Same story with the DAL 18-55.

There seems so much variation in people's experiences of lenses, especially kit lenses (almost from any brand, in fact). The kit lenses always get a bad rep.

I'd used both the AL II and the WR on the K200D before I got the K-x with the DAL 18-55, and straight away I found it was visibly a better lens. It also meters more accurately than, for example, my Tamron 17-50, which underexposes all the damn time. So while the Tamron may be optically a better lens, often I will leave the Tamron at home and just take the DAL out with the K-x.

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