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11-27-2010, 08:01 PM   #1
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How necesarry is autofocus on 55-200 lenses?

So I'll most likely be picking up a Pentax K-x around Christmas. Trying to decide whether I want to pick up a kit with a 55-200 lense in it. My dad has an old ME and if I'm informed correctly I should be able to use his 55-200 lense. As it's old I don't think it has autofocus. Would it be worth spending the extra to pick up a kit with the 55-200 lense in it?


I ask because money is somewhat of a concern to me. Just started and job and I need to save up for a car, but now that I have money I can finally buy a camera (something which I've wanted for some time.) I've seen kits with both lenses between 580-630 (depending on color) and single lense kits for 480 or so.

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You can use it . When you will move the focus ring , and you half press the shutter button , When the lens will be on focus, the camera will beep
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Is it fine forgoing the lens that comes in the kit?
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Many people only have manual-focus lenses.

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Thanks. I'll probably just pick up a basic kit then. It'll save me some money which will be nice. Now to decide whether I was orange or white.

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If funds are limited, they are limited. Try it with the old manual one for now.

If it does not work you can get the DA55-300 at a later stage; the total will be more expensive, but you get a lens that is considered better than the DA50-200
You might also find that you don't have a real need for that tele in which case you have saved yourself some money.

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You will find that the camera will ask you for a focal length when you switch it on with that old lens; this is for shake reduction. As this is a zoom and you can only enter one value I would switch SR off (but I don't have a manual zoom); there are some discussions going on which value is the correct one so search this forum.
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