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

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Overall 9
9.0

User Review

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

User Review

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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Overall 10
10

Awesome

Donna Headlee, Amazon
28 April 2014
  • Summary: This is a great lens, sharp, clear. Highly recommended for animal photography. Auto focuses quick lye and very sharply and easy to switch to manual focus.
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Overall 10
10

The best of the best

Amazon Customer "Photo Buff", Amazon
23 April 2014
  • 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. The focus is internal so the length of the lens does not change as you focus. Yes, it is an expensive piece of glass, but worth every penny. I wish Pentax made a lens of this quality in 400mm or 500mm.
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Overall 10
10

Most excellent

Matt Hollingsworth, Amazon
20 February 2014
  • 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.
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Overall 9
9.0

User Review

Dr. Evil, pentaxforums.com
17 January 2014
  • Excerpt: Fine compact, well built tele lens- razor sharp, on bodies under k-5IIs aperture only determines depth of field (and exposure parameters, of course)- couldn't notice it's effect on sharpness.
  • Pros: Sharpness, quick shift, compact
  • Cons: price, SDM- AF speed might be better
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Overall 10
10

Super sharp images!

John J. Healey, Amazon
30 December 2013
  • 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. The DA*300 is light enough to carry into the field without having to use a tripod, and the images are super sharp.
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10

User Review

steveUsername, pentaxforums.com
23 December 2013
  • Excerpt: i can hand hold mine just but usually use a mono pod i have had mine for about 2 years and never had a problem.i have a lowepro dryzone 220 backpack which holds my 300mm ,200mm2.8,50-135mm2.8.100mm2.8 macro old 18mmfisheye.k3 with battery grip,k511s with battery grip af ftz 540 flash after market ring flash.
  • Pros: light sharp ,weather sealed.small
  • Cons: still looking
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10

User Review

RobG, pentaxforums.com
5 December 2013
  • Excerpt: These are simply first impressions because I only got the lens yesterday, but it's certainly the best Pentax lens I have so far. I was surprised to find how fiddly the hood is to reverse - never had a challenge with the DA55-300. The trick is to ignore the alignment dots when reversing it. The lens can be used hand held, but it's quite heavy, which adds a bit to the risk of camera shake.
  • Pros: Sharpness, lack of flare, bokeh, quick shift
  • Cons: Fiddly to reverse hood, hunts sometimes
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