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07-15-2012, 06:48 PM   #16
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I have the DA55-100 and use the quickshift all the time, it allows you to miss less shots because it does have a noisy and slow autofocus, but has very good image quality, unlike so many xx-300 zooms that lose IQ in the long end. I would really miss that quickshift if I didn't have it. I've used the lens several times in a downpour with an Opteka rain sleeve, it works, but I still wish it was WR. I agree with the suggestions to buy the kit with a DA18-135, that's what I'm planning.


I have the 100 Macro WR and it also has a metal body, it may be the only metal body that's not a limited.
Thanks for pointing that out. The two DA* lenses that I have seen were not metal bodies and I made the incorrect assumption (and you know what they say about those) that none of them were. Thanks for clarifying!

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Unlike the Limiteds, the DFA 100 WR is not *all* metal. The inner barrel and hood are plastic. It's still a beautiful, crisp, tactile joy of a lens though
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Here's a comparison of the DA 18-135 and 55-300mm in their common ranges. The 55-300 does have slightly better sharpness and slightly less fringing, but you'll have to view at 100% to see the very minor differences. https://picasaweb.google.com/bonhommed/18135Vs55300?authkey=Gv1sRgCO7y5LGM3-rKEA#
The 55-300 hunts for focus far too often, I can't imagine having one without quick-shift. The 18-135 has smoother bokeh than the 55-300 and mechanically it's in a different league due to quick & silent AF, WR, more solid construction. Pretty good for a superzoom.

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Just a couple minor points:

It's 50-200, not 55-200. Had one. Sold it when I got the much better 55-300 (which I ultimately sold when I got the 150-500 and had the 70-200).

Plastic lasts (almost) forever. Been around for years, will be around a million more...

There are camera condoms for the occasional bad weather that may make true WR not as important.

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Thanks everyone! I appreciate all the help! I look forward to joining the Pentax DLSR community. ^_^
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A little late, but just to reinforce many of the other comments, I dumped the DAL 18-55 that came with my Kr for a Sigma 17-70. I did not like the IQ of the 18-55. OTOH, I really like the DAL 55-300 and have gotten some very good shots with it. I do wish I had the DA version with the quick shift and metal mount, but not enough to pay a couple hundred $$ more. Also, when I was a film shooter I only shot MF and even now most of my lenses don't have AF, so I am very comfortable operating in MF mode and do most of my shooting with AF off.

I would like to add an 18-135WR to my kit for those times when I can only carry one lens. The 17-70 doesn't have as much reach as I often want and the 55-300 is to long for a lot of shots.
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QuoteOriginally posted by audiobomber Quote
The 55-300 hunts for focus far too often, I can't imagine having one without quick-shift. The 18-135 has smoother bokeh than the 55-300 and mechanically it's in a different league due to quick & silent AF, WR, more solid construction. Pretty good for a superzoom.
I just ordered the K-30 with the 18-135, I'm happy to hear about the bokeh, I really didn't expect that. I think the bokeh of the 55-300 is pretty good. Thanks for that info!
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I just ordered the K-30 with the 18-135, I'm happy to hear about the bokeh, I really didn't expect that. I think the bokeh of the 55-300 is pretty good. Thanks for that info!
The 55-300mm can melt the background into a sheet of colour because of its long focal length, but at similar focal lengths, the 18-135 bokeh is smoother, probably as a result of the rounded aperture blades.

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QuoteOriginally posted by audiobomber Quote
The 55-300mm can melt the background into a sheet of colour because of its long focal length, but at similar focal lengths, the 18-135 bokeh is smoother, probably as a result of the rounded aperture blades.
awesome, can't wait to get it
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Yeah. I got it with the 18-135. So far so good with the lens but the camera I've found an issue with the 18-135 and the lamp.
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