Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home
 

Reply
Show Printable Version Search this Thread
09-11-2009, 08:24 AM   #1
New Member




Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Northern Ireland
Posts: 12
Big price differences on 18-55mm lens

Hi,
I bought a K20D body and wish to buy a Pentax SMC DA 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 AL II Lens but the prices I see give me concern. From various places they are available from 50 to way over 100. I would be very grateful for some advice on how to select one, what's the realistic price ?. Tks

09-11-2009, 08:35 AM   #2
Pentaxian
bdery's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Quebec city, Canada
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 5,831
Why didn't you buy the kit lens with your camera? It would have been cheaper.

There are three versions of that lens. Version 1 is pretty good. Version II (labeled as such) is even better. Version 3 is weatherproof and has the same optics as version II. That might explain the differences.

But if you're going to purchase a lens like this, but not as a kit, there are better lenses that could be purchased for just a little more money, such as the Pentax 16-45 (if you can find it), the 17-70, or the Sigma 17-70.
09-11-2009, 08:41 AM   #3
New Member




Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Northern Ireland
Posts: 12
Original Poster
I got a good price on used one and I had some older lenses I wanted to try out first. Thanks for that I will look at the others you recommend.
09-11-2009, 09:28 AM   #4
Veteran Member




Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Ste-Anne des Plaines, Qc., Canada
Posts: 2,014
Check with Chris at SRS Microsystem. They are a Pentax Pro center, so you get a two year warranty, and first class service. If you register with "Pentax User" forum and let them know you're a member, you will have free delivery on top of that.

09-11-2009, 01:55 PM   #5
New Member




Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Northern Ireland
Posts: 12
Original Poster
Tks Yves, that's good info it was one of the ones on my list.
09-13-2009, 06:28 PM   #6
Veteran Member
code4code5's Avatar

Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Denver, CO
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 438
QuoteOriginally posted by bdery Quote
Why didn't you buy the kit lens with your camera? It would have been cheaper.

There are three versions of that lens. Version 1 is pretty good. Version II (labeled as such) is even better. Version 3 is weatherproof and has the same optics as version II. That might explain the differences.

But if you're going to purchase a lens like this, but not as a kit, there are better lenses that could be purchased for just a little more money, such as the Pentax 16-45 (if you can find it), the 17-70, or the Sigma 17-70.
To muddy the waters even further, there's also the DA-L lens varient as well. It has the same optical formula as the II and WR versions but has a plastic lens mount to save weight. It also does not include the Quick Shift focus system found on other DA lenses.

These can typically be found very cheap, and the trade-offs are minimal in the grand scheme of things.
Reply

Bookmarks
  • Submit Thread to Facebook Facebook
  • Submit Thread to Twitter Twitter
  • Submit Thread to Digg Digg
Tags - Make this thread easier to find by adding keywords to it!
18-55mm, camera, lens, pentax help, photography, price
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
BIG price DROP on K-7 today IN CANADA :) .. Jack Simpson Pentax Price Watch 5 10-17-2010 05:33 PM
lens series differences bessa66 Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 3 06-14-2009 09:05 AM
Prices differences on essentially the same lens? nah Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 4 11-28-2008 12:26 PM
18-55MM -Fair Price? Rmpjr7 Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 7 03-22-2008 01:03 PM



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 11:32 AM. | See also: NikonForums.com, CanonForums.com part of our network of photo forums!
  • Red (Default)
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Dark
  • Dark Yellow
  • Dark Blue
  • Old Red
  • Old Green
  • Old Gray
  • Dial-Up Style
Hello! It's great to see you back on the forum! Have you considered joining the community?
register
Creating a FREE ACCOUNT takes under a minute, removes ads, and lets you post! [Dismiss]
Top