Pentax smc DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL WR

Announced May 20, 2009 •
Zoom lens | Pentax KAF | PTX 21880
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I have a k5 that seemed to miss focus a lot.  I came across a beal on a k50 I couldn't pass up on so bought that.  It seemed to focus better with the 18-55 WR.  This evening I was playing around (inside, low light) and was very disappointed in the image results.  I compared them to my small sensor compact xz-2.  The xz-2 looked better.  I tried manual focus on the k50 and was able to get much better shots.   Is the focus control, or logic, in the lens or the camera body? I've been thinking...
Tim Streater
By: Tim Streater (Jun 30, 2013)
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I know what the differences are between DA and DAL, but in the case of the 18-55 WR it seems to cause a large difference in price. Is the quick-shift focus mechanism so complex that removing it allows a big price drop? Or is this large price difference just a marketing ploy. But why would Pentax be pushing people in that direction? Any insights appreciated. --Tim
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