Reviews and Problems with Pentax smc DA 55-300mm F4-5.8 ED
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11 July 2014
Excerpt: I bought this zoom lens 3 years ago and still love it. It was in my first trip with my old K110D, and I must say I had no idea about zooms. I was looking for a 300mm as my goal was to use it in race tracks, and outdoors to take pictures of race cars. Once in NYC we've found that shop and well, I ended up buying it.
Excerpt: You really can't beat the value for what this zoom can do. I normally have a strange prejudice against zooms, but have no issues using this is my only long lens when I go out on hikes. Others have said that the IQ and sharpness suffer when shooting wider than f/8... I'll let the images speak for themselves. Besides that, the manual focus isn't the smoothest, the AF is kinda loud - esp if its hunting for an object that is hard to focus on.
Pros: Great bokeh possible, low price, great sharpness
Excerpt: This is a pretty good lens, It can actually produce some pleasing bokeh if you know where to find it. I bought it so I could have the complete range from 18mm all the way to 300mm just in case I needed it. It's cheap and sort of feels cheap but the glass is very good for the price, it has great color and contrast. I highly recommend this lens if you are on a budget.
Pros: Great color/contrast, fairly sharp, good range
Excerpt: My quick take. The lens is light, small with great range. It is very well made with two exceptions; the cheap thin hood and the loose focus ring. Some purple fringing and aberrations, but not a big deal. Focus can be fast, but sometimes it can go through the whole range causing you to miss moving objects like birds ( oh if only it had a shorter focus throw and a DC motor!). Manual focus is fine despite the loose ring. Manual override after focus lock is a great feature.
Pentax 55-300mm f/4-5.8 ED SMC DA review by kiwijono
8 February 2014
Summary: My version is actually the DA-L variant which is largely the same (identical optically) except for having a plastic mount and not coming with a hood. I might as well start out by saying - I like this lens. I got this in a K-x kit and so far I have taken a lot more keepers with this lens than I ever did with the 18-55 kit lens. Also have some older lenses like Super Tak 200 f4 (which I like) but keep coming back to this lens for its shear convenience with decent IQ.
Pros: plenty sharp, not heavy, surprisingly rugged
Pentax 55-300mm f/4-5.8 ED SMC DA review by kh1234567890
30 January 2014
Summary: The 55-300 feels bulky, heavy and since fully extended with the hood on it hits some 23cm in length it also feels long. Not being into birding, this matters to me - it is hard not to be conspicuous with this lens on your camera. AF can be noisy and slow but that is the price you pay for a long spin on the focus ring which actually makes it possible to accurately focus manually (no damping of course because of the AF).