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08-19-2011, 07:28 PM   #1
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looking at used lens what is the differnce between a DA an a DA L

08-19-2011, 07:46 PM   #2
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Joke: The J in FAJ means Junk, the L in DAL means Lousy.

Actuality: These budget lens lines have exactly the same optics as the non-J and non-L lenses, but with the DAL's they have:

* no lens hood, and
* a plastic (polycarbomate = Lexan) mount, and
* no quick-shift focusing, for quickly transitioning from AF to MF
* and a much lower price

They're still damn good lenses.
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In addition to what has been mentioned above, the DA can be bought as a stand alone; the DA-L is part of a kit (comes in the same box as the camera) or purchased in the used market. For the 18-55mm, the earlier versions of the DAL 18-55 is based on the DA18-55 AL-I. Newer versions (K10 or K20 and up) is based on the AL-II which has an improved optics.
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