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xmeda
xmeda Contributing Member • Posts: 759
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Small but long - that is the DA55-300. Very useful lens, small and light to carry, but provides good images. 55-135mm range is good even wide open. 135-230mm needs to be stopped down a bit. 230-300mm wants F8 to be OK. Focus screw is long on this lens, which results in slow AF when all range from 1.4m to infinity runs. On the other hand during shooting this is not problem as AF can be very fast when focusing distance changes only by smaller increments. For example 8m>5m or 2m>3m or 10-15m it refocuses very fast. So even air-show is not a problem.

Problems:

Six-bladed aperture, which is sometimes visible in bokeh.

 xmeda's gear list:xmeda's gear list
Casio QV-R40 Casio Exilim EX-Z110 Olympus XZ-1 Pentax K20D Pentax K-5 +20 more
Pentax smc DA 55-300mm F4.0-5.8 ED
Telephoto zoom lens • Pentax KAF • 21720
Announced: Jan 23, 2008
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