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Pentax SMC DA 300mm f/4 ED [IF] SDM

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Reviews and Problems with Pentax SMC DA 300mm f/4 ED [IF] SDM

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Overall 10
10

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metaphiston, pentaxforums.com
4 weeks ago
  • Excerpt: And it is. Sharp, colourful, so much detail which you appreciate even more when you start to pull apart the raw and do post-processing - it really holds up. Aberrations of all sorts are excellently controlled.
  • Pros: reach, image quality, build quality
  • Cons: size, weight, lens hood
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Overall 9
9.0

User Review

cps1959, pentaxforums.com
15 January 2015
  • Excerpt: just took it out this morning and had a little play with my K-3 to see how sharp it was and test the autofocus.
  • Pros: Sharpness, ability to crop and still retain sharpness
  • Cons: Autofocus can hunt a little in low light.
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Overall 9
9.0

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Aboudd, pentaxforums.com
7 January 2015
  • Excerpt: Extremely well built, superb fit and finish. Color and contrast on the lens fit the bill for me, I haven't noticed any serious CA at all. Fit, finish and the design of the lens are superb. Weight is substantial at about 37 ounces and the lens is a tad over 7" long and with internal focus does not extend, a good thing. It is easy to handled and the balance of the lens on the K-3 is just right. I like the tripod collar configuration with the removable foot in particular.
  • Pros: Build, optical quality, feel in hand
  • Cons: Stupid lens shade, should be built in
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Overall 10
10

User Review

GeneV, pentaxforums.com
6 January 2015
  • Excerpt: Like another reviewer, I had been pretty happy with my 55-300. I purchased this lens with the 1.4 converter for birding. I don't know if I will look at my 55-300 photos the same. This lens puts my nature shots in another league.
  • Pros: Very sharp, well built, silent focus, reasonably compact
  • Cons: On the heavy side
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Overall 9
9.0

User Review

Pepe Guitarra, pentaxforums.com
24 November 2014
  • Excerpt: I purchased this lens brand new because I wanted the 1-yr warranty. As it turned out, I love it. The AF is very silent, I almost thought it was broken, but it is so fast and quiet. Colors are Pentax typical. Very sharp. It is only an f4, so it is not the fastest lens, so using a 1.4x TC may not be a bad thing with good light, but I normally do not use it. Wide open is sharp, so I only use it that way. In case of low light and/or with TC, the AF hunts a bit.
  • Pros: Silent AF, colors, sharp
  • Cons: AF hunts in low light or stopped down (same thing)- Tripod mount is too small.
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Overall 10
10

User Review

Rob Shepter, pentaxforums.com
22 October 2014
  • Excerpt: I bought this a few weeks ago to complement my stable, amassed over more than 20 years as an amateur and professional Pentax user.
  • Pros: Sharpness, heft, solid feel, speed of focus, near silence of focus
  • Cons: None
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Overall 10
10

Love the lens

GOST, Amazon
13 October 2014
  • Summary: Quick Focus. Sharp even with my Kenco multiplier attached. Love the lens.
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Overall 9
9.0

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joakim, pentaxforums.com
15 July 2014
  • Excerpt: I upgraded to this lens from a DA 55-300 an I will never look back to that lens again. Sometime I do have problems with the lens finding objects that are out of focus at the moment but then the quick shift helps me out. This is also the first SDM-lens I own and I love the silent mechanism!
  • Pros: The lens is sharp, produces a nice bokeh and has a nice quality feeling of metal to it.
  • Cons: The autofocus could be faster and more accurate
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Overall 10
10

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carlosodze, pentaxforums.com
18 May 2014
  • Excerpt: I spotted a used deal and i couldn't resiste, my wildlife photography inmediatly got better after this.
  • Pros: Sharp, contrast, colors, resolution,bokeh (in general IQ), weather sealed, quiet AF
  • Cons: AF hunts sometimes,
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Overall 10
10

User Review

spartan, pentaxforums.com
9 May 2014
  • Excerpt: This lens really surprised me. it is light weight for what it is, Nice to look at great to hold. Images are great.
  • Pros: sharpness, contrast, build quality
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