Reviews and Problems with Pentax smc DA Star 300mm F4 ED SDM
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RGV Birder, B&H Photo
25 August 2014
Excerpt: I bought this lens to use in wildlfe photography and sports. Matched with the new Pentax 1.4 teleconverter, the combination delivers excellent results on my K-3. The SDM auto focus is fast and accurate and the image quality is as good as it gets. I have been using a Sigma 50-500 for bird photography but this lens with the tc produces an equivalent focal length of 420mm, but is light enough for hand-held photos or use on a monopod. It is a very versatile lens.
Pros: Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Rugged, Strong Construction
Excerpt: This lens is simply the best lens I have ever owned. The clarity and accurate focus is overwhelming. The motor is whisper silent. It is expensive and I really had to think a long time before purchasing a lens that cost more than my first car but worth the money indeed.
Pros: Consistent Output, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Whisper quiet
Excerpt: I bought this lens for my Pentax K-50, to take pictures of wildlife on our trip to Alaska this summer. Have taken some pictures of a nesting pair of bald eagles near my home in Georgia. The pictures have been great. The lens is well worth the price.
Excerpt: My first shots with this lens were handheld moon photos. The detail is amazing, my family was asking where I found those moon shots and they were surprised when I told them I took them. I have also been shooting wildlife and I am very impressed with the speed to focus, but more so the silence of the motor. If you did not see the image change you may not know it has focused. I was surprised by the size and weight of this lens, it is rather heavy.
Pros: Fast / accurate auto-focus, Strong Construction
Excerpt: Over the past few years shooting Pentax, I've tried quite a few lenses to find what suits me best. I've ended up with most of my lenses now being in the top end of the line with the DA* and DFA macro. The DA*300 is simply superb. The IQ coupled with my K-5IIs is nothing less than stunning. This lens is one of those things you buy for a lifetime and am very happy that I've now added it to my gear.
Excerpt: This is my wildlife and sports photography lens. It is the equivelent of 450mm on an APC-C camera such as the Pentax K3. What makes this lens great is it's built quality, light weight and most of all the optical quality. The images are extremly sharp and constrasty.
Pros: Consistent Output, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Image quality, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
Excerpt: This is my first DA* prime lens and I am very happy to own and use it. I've only had it one day, and after using mostly a zoom lens for some time now, there is a bit of a learning curve with this lens ... but that's not a steep curve and once you're past it ... WOW! Super quiet! Super sharp! Just an awesome lens!
Pros: Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Sharp, Strong Construction