Reviews and Problems with Pentax SMC DA 300mm f/4 ED [IF] SDM
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I agree with all the other reviews that the lens ...
Stephen C. Whalen, Amazon
15 June 2015
Summary: I agree with all the other reviews that the lens provides sharp/excellent photos - my reason for 4 stars instead of 5 is because the lens seems to hunt a lot when focusing on a target with other objects in the focal plane (I shoot at f4) - that may just be typical of the lens or a defect in the one...
Summary: I've had this lens for just over a month now and it's everything everyone says. Excellent Glass, Accurate Focus, f4. Ok its not a 2.8 but for the money you wont find anything close. This is a serious lens and at just over $1k its worth every penny. One nice touch is the removable tripod mount.
Summary: This is without a doubt the sharpest and nicest lens I have ever owned, and I have been in photography for 54 years, and owned a lot of lenses. The build quality is superb. The bukeh is soft, dreamy and buttery. The focus is smooth and silent.
Summary: I have a large collection of old and new Pentax lenses. I don't shoot with this 300 often, but it has great image quality. It's about 25% bigger than the 200mm and the contrast, sharpness and lack of CA is superior on the 300. Highly recommended
Summary: I love this lens! Pentax is well known for making high quality DSLRs and lenses. This is a great lens for taking photos of birds, particularly when paired with the outstanding Pentax K-3 camera. For this combination both the lens and camera are fully weather sealed which was important to me.
Summary: Well worth the money if you can afford it. Paired with a 77mm Marumi DHG CPL it performs wonders. Recommend buying the filter together with the lens and installing at time zero. Prevents heartache later. A bit of practice to get used to the system before taking to the field might come in handy.
Summary: This is an emergency replacement for the same model lens that quit on me. So, it is functioning fine, but I am not totally happy that the older one failed. The older one, after several years of heavy use, suffered a failure of the diaphragm control.
Summary: I purchased this lens used (for about $1,000). Pretty pricey for 8 pieces of glass in a metal tube, right? Well, while yes, very expensive, it is far cheaper compared to it's Nikon or Canon counterparts. While Pentax and Canon (and Probably Nikon as well) all offer zooms (possibly primes also?