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10-24-2011, 01:19 PM   #1
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Using Pentax 18-55 AL II with K7

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A soon-to-be pentax user looking to get a K20D, but also considering a K7 if the price is right. Already inherited a Pentax 18-55 AL II lens, will this do the job with a K7 or would I need to invest in a 'meatier' lens so to speak?

Any advice is well received!

10-24-2011, 01:53 PM   #2
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The Pentax Pentax 18-55 AL II lens is a kit lens, with no WR and more plastic than the other 18-55mm kit lenses, but it is the same optics, meaning same IQ. Generaly the 18-55mm kit lens is regarded by many as one of the better kit lenses across all brands.

Yes it will work fine withe K-7.

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10-24-2011, 01:54 PM   #3
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If you want more than just average IQ I'd get something in addition to the kit lens. Here are some options to consider:
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10-24-2011, 08:55 PM   #4
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Actually, the 18-55 II is no more plastic than any other variant. Only rhe DA L version is more plastic - in particular, a plastic mount.

10-25-2011, 06:06 AM   #5
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Yeh, I've read that the AL 2 was a better/less plastic build than its predecessor. But really, I have nothing to compare the al 2 with. I guess Ill get myself a camera and yest out the lens for a while before investing in anything else.

Thanks for all the help though. Great to know there are so many enthusiastic and helpful folks out there.

10-25-2011, 12:42 PM   #6
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There's been a lot of great images taken with that lens.
10-25-2011, 09:03 PM   #7
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QuoteOriginally posted by tezahad Quote
Yeh, I've read that the AL 2 was a better/less plastic build than its predecessor.
No, it's not *less* plastic than the original. Just not any *more* plastic. It's completely indistinguishable from the original except for the II designation. But the L version is noticeably less well built than either of those (on account of the plastic mount and lack of quick shift), and the WR version noticeably better than any of the others. We're not talking huge differences, though.

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