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Pentax smc DA 55-300mm F4-5.8 ED

From the standard to the long shot, the smc PENTAX DA 55-300mm F Read more

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Reviews and Problems with Pentax smc DA 55-300mm F4-5.8 ED

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Overall 5
5.0

User Review

Rob Shepter, pentaxforums.com
22 October 2014
  • Excerpt: I bought this lens, new, around December 2012, instead of the DA 50-200mm that I went to the shop to buy, after the guy in the shop advised me that this lens was sharper throughout the range.
  • Pros: Light weight, good reach
  • Cons: Sharpness, slow AF, noisy AF, poor lens hood design
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Overall 6
6.0

LOUD

J. Willey, Amazon
4 October 2014
  • Summary: Nice lens. Smooth zoom. Construction looks and feels solid. Good image quality for a long zoom. This lens is VERY loud. I almost returned it due to the noise alone but I decided not to when considering cost, quality and other lens in this price range. I use it on a pentax k3 and the auto focus seems to hunt a little more than I would expect but not bad. In general I like it and it is a good buy.
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Overall 6
6.0

Sharp and fast, but does not focus close.

Glenn A. Martinez "Glenn Martinez Olomana Gar..., Amazon
18 August 2014
  • Summary: It is well made and VERY sharp. Wish it had a fast lens and wish it did 18 to 300. That would make it the perfect all round lens. I sent it back because it can only focus about 5 to 6 feet away from the object. Bought a lens that focused within 13 inches, but alas, it is not a Pentax and not weatherproof. And almost as sharp.
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Overall 6
6.0

the lens is OK

Ben, Amazon
10 February 2014
  • Summary: I bought the lens because it was weather resistant but the lens was just not up to par when it came to sharpness it's just an average lens especially at 300 millimetres which was the most important for me
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Overall 6
6.0

User Review

Joojoo2010, pentaxforums.com
22 September 2013
  • Excerpt: I am not totallyhappy sharpness of this lens
  • Pros: Colors,zoom range,weight,size
  • Cons: Price high,not sharp enough, someapertues not good
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Overall 6
6.0

I was happy with it, until it broke

Kayb64, Amazon
7 October 2012
  • Summary: I was quite happy with my Pentax 55-300 lens until I had it in a padded camera backpack, the backpack slipped off my shoulders and landed on the ground and when I opened it, my lens was barely hanging onto the body of my KX. Lo and behold, I found the lens mount ring was made of PLASTIC, not metal, and it had broken. I checked my other Pentax digital lenses and my old film lenses too, and none of them had the cheap plastic lens mount ring.
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Overall 5
5.0

User Review

KX5, pentaxforums.com
18 May 2012
  • Excerpt: Maybe i had a bad copy but i was not satisfied with this lens for the main reason AF was so noisy!
  • Pros: Not expensive
  • Cons: soft @300mm, AF hunt in low light, AF noisy
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Overall 6
6.0

User Review

gsalmins, pentaxforums.com
20 March 2011
  • Excerpt: I've had this lens for over a year and have always had relatively disappointing results. IQ has been mediocre at pretty well all settings. Looking at reviews of the lens on this forum and elsewhere, I doubted my results, attributing the poor IQ to camera shake, field conditions and so on. So I placed my K-7 with the 55 - 300 on a tripod and tried again. The results were not very different.
  • Pros: Light, compact, has quick shift, storable lens shade
  • Cons: IQ
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Overall 6
6.0

Light weight 55-300mm Zoom

Pirich, epinions.com
20 April 2010
  • Summary: Well made and easy to use. Crossing the full focus range is very slow. Will not do near-field use.
  • Pros: Well made, light weight, smooth zoom, good images.
  • Cons: Poor focus speed, must have distance to subject.
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Overall 6
6.0

Good value, but LOUD!!!

Stacie L. Helsing "stacielc", Amazon
1 November 2009
  • Summary: Takes fine images, but the focus mechanism is so loud you'd scare anything resembling wildlife away. It is a great value for sure, but too loud for my tastes.
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