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08-18-2010, 01:49 AM   #1
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The Green Ring

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Hopefully a simple question but does the green ring on pentax lenses actually mean anything? Only reason I ask is that store photos I've seen of the DA 55-300mm sold separately seem to have the green ring, but when it's included as a kit lens it seems to have a grey ring.

Are these different lenses or are they the same?

08-18-2010, 03:17 AM   #2
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Pentax DA lenses have green rings, while Pentax DA L lenses have grey ones. It's just a decoration, though!

The functional difference between DA and DA L lenses is that DA L lenses do not feature quick-shift focus adjustment or a distance scale on the focusing ring, and they have plastic mounts rather than metal ones.

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Hi Adam,

Thanks for the info, it all makes sense now! Strange I never noticed the extra "L". The DA version seems to be twice as expensive as the DA L, so unless the image quality is also worse it seems (at least to me) you're paying a lot for minor(???) features.

I can't see the lack of a distance scale on the focusing ring being a big issue, but is the lack of metal mounts and quick-shift focus adjustments a deal breaker for some people? Or am I missing something (I'm pretty new to all this).
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Ok, after having done a bit more research I didn't realise the DA L was only available in kits.

So I guess my only real question is, if you did have the choice between a DA L 55-300mm and a DA 55-300mm that costs twice as much, which would you go for?

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I have the DA 55-300 and use quick-shift focus often. The L does not come with a lens hood either, AFAIK.
I also prefer metal mounts so yes, I think the non L is worth the 300.00+
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QuoteOriginally posted by Stiv Quote
Hi Adam,

Thanks for the info, it all makes sense now! Strange I never noticed the extra "L". The DA version seems to be twice as expensive as the DA L, so unless the image quality is also worse it seems (at least to me) you're paying a lot for minor(???) features.

I can't see the lack of a distance scale on the focusing ring being a big issue, but is the lack of metal mounts and quick-shift focus adjustments a deal breaker for some people? Or am I missing something (I'm pretty new to all this).

I don't think I would call the lack of a $50 hood, lack of quick shift, and a plastic mount, Minor features. People use such lenses for ever and are perfectly happy with them but the differences Are significant.

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Just to muddy the water a bit, my Pentax-A* 200mm F2.8 ED has got a green ring around the hood, but that's just there for cool good looks.
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Thanks everyone for your comments, it has helped me a lot! I didn't realise the lens hood was also a feature of the DA. Even so, I'm fairly budget concious at the moment after blowing all my money on a K7 so the DA L is still on the cards.

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