Reviews and Problems with Pentax smc DA 55-300mm F4-5.8 ED
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Soft, soft, soft
13 December 2014
Summary: As an amateur nature photographer on a budget, I had high expectations on this lens, after all, it is a Pentax, right? The reviews were positive, even comparing it with the DA 55-300 in image quality, minus the weather resistant feature. Same optics, but plastic make, nothing could go wrong.
I spent a good deal of time photographing a Norman Koran sine test ...
4 September 2014
Summary: I spent a good deal of time photographing a Norman Koran sine test image at different focal lengths and apertures and real world images. I expected the lens to at least match the performance of my ancient 1971 Vivitar 400mm lens since lens design and coatings have changed much in that interval.
Summary: Hi I bought this lens hoping that I was going to get a walk around lens. The autofocus on it is too hesitant. I wouldn't recommend it for someone who is looking for a lens to shoot in the streets.
Summary: First of all, no, this is not a bad lens. I love Pentax lenses. However, you can get a better Pentax lens for a lot cheaper. I currently have the FA J 75-300mm (made originally for 35mm cameras, but works great with digital). I bought the DA lens thinking it would be an upgrade.
Summary: I received two bad copies of this lens ordering from Amazon. The first wouldn't focus even in bright light/high contrast; it would sit there seeking forever and decide on a very blurry shot. This wouldn't have been so bad, but the manual focus ring is pretty touchy, especially when at 300mm.