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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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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

red5isalive, pentaxforums.com
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.
  • Pros: Focus Range,
  • Cons: Focus, maybe not that bright
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

mtux, pentaxforums.com
3 July 2014
  • Excerpt: I found it a really nice consumer long zoom. it's range is very good going from 55mm up to 300mm and the size is just fine.
  • Pros: Sharpness (for a consumer zoom), Weight, Price
  • Cons: Noisy and Slow AF, MFD
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Overall 7
7.0

User Review

pentaxkid, pentaxforums.com
8 June 2014
  • Excerpt: Good lens for a person on a budget.
  • Pros: Good for a budget
  • Cons: Not sharp enough for me
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

jab2980, pentaxforums.com
12 May 2014
  • 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
  • Cons: Loud autofocus, plastic mount
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

GateCityRadio, pentaxforums.com
27 March 2014
  • 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
  • Cons: rather slow, cheap build
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

rightangle, pentaxforums.com
21 March 2014
  • 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.
  • Pros: Sharp , Portable, Range, Manual Focus Override
  • Cons: Loud Autofocus, Bokeh, Loose Focus Ring
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

mike7fa, pentaxforums.com
26 January 2014
  • Pros: Sharp, good contrast and color
  • Cons: Noisy and slow AF on my K10D
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

saper, pentaxforums.com
27 December 2013
  • Excerpt: I used this lens mostly for wildlife and quite rarely for portraits and landscapes. The lens is relatively cheap and is probably most compact 300mm lens I ever seen. Sharpness is not perfect but it worth lens price, especially when compared to old Pentax zooms like 100-300 and 80-320. My sample bought as new had some hood slosh. Second sample that I reviewed at shop had much worse CA than mine.
  • Pros: Cheap, compact, easy handling
  • Cons: Hood slosh, good 300mm IQ only at F8
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

mourya, pentaxforums.com
28 November 2013
  • 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.
  • Pros: zoom range, colors
  • Cons: auto focus
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Overall 8
8.0

Good "tele-zoom"

Carlos den Hartog, Amazon
18 August 2013
  • 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.
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