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    Default Does this lens have Quick Shift feature?

    Does the Pentax DA 18-55 AL 1 (i.e. Version 1 of the kit lens) have the Quick Shift feature? I saw it advertised here and notice the seller hasn't included the letter 'L' in the lens designation. Seller is yet to get back to me.

    I will have two copies of the original K-x kit lens (DA L 18-55) with plastic mounts shipped to me within the next few days. Am wondering if I should pick up a DA 18-55 with quick shift feature. How often do you need to use this feature on a relatively wide angle lens? Is it really that useful?

    Won't simply flicking the focus switch to M position briefly and changing focus do instead - assuming this feature won't be used often?

    Also, Is the AL II version much better than the AL 1?

    Your individual experiences and comments will help me to decide.
    Last edited by sircam; 14th January 2010 at 05:43 PM.

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    Default Re: Does this lens have Quick Shift feature?

    I suggest you save your money. DAL is the same optical design as DAII, less the quick shift.
    I don't think you will miss quick shift much on the kit lens. The DOF is not exactly shallow so you won't mis-focus that often.

    If you have it, you can use it, if you don't, don't worry about it.
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