Reviews and Problems with Pentax smc DA 55-300mm F4-5.8 ED
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3 weeks ago
Excerpt: I bought this lens along with K-X used. With my k-x this was an OK lens.. i tried to get rid of it many times. Basically because, it was very difficult to focus and at longest reach it was soft. But, then swapped my k-x with k-30. With better iso management, i am starting to love this lens. Still, the AF issue is there, but i am loving the colors and it is a breeze to take candid shots of people.
A good performer, but for the price it should have a stronger mount
Marktwain10 "Marktwain10", Amazon
19 September 2013
Summary: This lens can deliver nice sharp photos, even at 300mm and wide open, with minimal chromatic aberration. It is a great portrait lens around 85-135mm too, and is also good at 55mm. My copy has no zoom creep and is solid when mounted on my K30. It is rather noisy when focusing, and sounds a little bit like an electric drill. In comparison to a screw-driven Minolta 100-200 f4.5 zoom I used to own, the autofocus seems nearly as fast (and the Minolta is known to be quick).
Summary: I already took a lot a pictures with the 55-300 and image quality is good. For amateur photography it is quite good; I expected it to "hunt" focus far more than it has done. Just in some very specific situation It hunted for a short while, but it always got focus at the end. Worth the money.
Summary: Results with the lens are quite clear. It's supposed to have the same optics as its twice the price alternate, but it is not as durable in construction. The trade off in price is worth it to me.
Summary: This is a great lens for the money. Just be aware it has a plastic mount and don't drop it! It's a good sharp lens with a long reach so use fast shutter speeds or some support when you can. I would buy this again!
Excerpt: Having just bought the K-5 IIs to see if it improves image quality over my "other" D-SLR, which is 18 Mp, BTW, I went for th 55-300 as a more practical "starter lens" for wildlife and general shots. My very first day was not at all disapointing for this lens, giving me some much sharper images than my more expensive D-SLR and "big" 150-400 lens. Apart from initial test shots, my first 3 shots outddors bagged me 3 very useable Nuthatch pic's.
Pros: Light, well built and "tight", sharp, versatile, not a bad price.
Excerpt: I picked up this lens used as a companion to the 18-55WR kit lens. The ideas was that I could travel with two lenses and be able to cover almost anything. I got to test this lens extensively last month at the Chobe National Park in Botswana. Our flying club went there with four aircraft and 16 people so luggage was extremely limited. The 55-300mm range is very usable. Some other people with zooms from 70 or 80mm just couldn't go wide enough on some shots.