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    18-55mm Kit Lens

    Does anyone know if the kit lens supplied with the K2000 is the same as the model that was packaged with the K20D? Some reviews refer to the K2000 kit lens as a lightweight lens with a plastic mounting plate. Thanks for your help.
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    Re: 18-55mm Kit Lens

    Hi Gary...I would imagine that they are the same lens. However, I haven't heard anything about a "plastic" mounting lens. Hopefully, someone will jump in here soon that has more info than me. I have 2 18-55's and neither are "lightweight". Mine came with my *ist DL's.
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    Re: 18-55mm Kit Lens

    Quote Originally Posted by Stephensong
    Does anyone know if the kit lens supplied with the K2000 is the same as the model that was packaged with the K20D? Some reviews refer to the K2000 kit lens as a lightweight lens with a plastic mounting plate. Thanks for your help.
    The K2000D's kit lens is indeed "built" around the K20D's/K200D's. But they aren't 100% identical.

    K2000D's kit: PENTAX SMC PENTAX-DAL 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 lens.
    K20D/K200D kit: PENTAX SMC PENTAX-DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL II lens.

    The DAL lens does have a plastic lens mount, re-engineered optical design, plus other "adjustments", to make the lens as lightweight and cheap to manufacture as possible – including removal of the MF distance-scale. I would imagine image quality to be a bit poorer as well, I've read already several people complaining of softness versus the DA AL II.

    In the end the DAL is only a few grams lighter in weight, I would personally go with the DA AL II.

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    Re: 18-55mm Kit Lens

    If I just ordered a K20D this morning and it states that it ships with a Pentax 18-55mm lens which do you think it will ship with?

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    Re: 18-55mm Kit Lens

    Quote Originally Posted by Stephensong
    If I just ordered a K20D this morning and it states that it ships with a Pentax 18-55mm lens which do you think it will ship with?

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    If it was a reputable seller, then that would almost certainly be the AL II version, since it was designed to complement the K20D's 14.6 MP resolution. Larger pixel-resolution sensors require lenses that can keep up with the MP's. So if you got a K20D use the best lenses you can afford, or you may end up with soft photos if the sensor out-resolves the lens.

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    Re: 18-55mm Kit Lens

    Thanks, I will call them tomorrow and ask.
    Gary - Displaced New Yorker
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    Re: 18-55mm Kit Lens

    I still have my kit lens, but I don't use it much, but I was going through some old photos, this one is a little on the soft side, but I thought the shot was good, so I'm posting.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails 18-55mm Kit Lens-benz_web.jpg  
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    Sigma 10-20mm F4-5,6 EX DC, Pentax smc P-DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 - Pentax DA 50mm f/1.4 - Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 - Sigma APO 70-200mm f2.8 EX DG HSM Macro -Pentax AF 540 FGZ - Gary Fong "Lightshpere" (cloud & clear)


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    Re: 18-55mm Kit Lens

    That shot is really cool Snapac....is that an HDR?

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    Re: 18-55mm Kit Lens

    Quote Originally Posted by BlueRob
    That shot is really cool Snapac....is that an HDR?
    Thank, and yes it's HDR
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    Re: 18-55mm Kit Lens

    Quote Originally Posted by Snapac
    Thank, and yes it's HDR
    Great! Hope to see more of your work soon.

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    Re: 18-55mm Kit Lens

    Quote Originally Posted by BlueRob
    Great! Hope to see more of your work soon.
    here's another one
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    Sigma 10-20mm F4-5,6 EX DC, Pentax smc P-DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 - Pentax DA 50mm f/1.4 - Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 - Sigma APO 70-200mm f2.8 EX DG HSM Macro -Pentax AF 540 FGZ - Gary Fong "Lightshpere" (cloud & clear)


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