Gear advice needed (Zoom lens in the 50 to 200-300mm range )

Started Apr 16, 2014 | Questions thread
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Msroberts Contributing Member • Posts: 708
Re: Gear advice needed (Zoom lens in the 50 to 200-300mm range )

The Pentax DA 55-300 is very, very good. And if you're on a budget, track down the DA-L 55-300 — it's the "kit" version of the DA 55-300, having a plastic lens mount and no quick-shift focus feature but optically identical to the more expensive DA version. It's supposed to be sold only with a camera kit, but plenty of dealers split up the body and lens with these kits and sell them separately. I got one from a known camera retailer on eBay for $179.00 new.

Absolutely astonishing value for money.

Here's a shot from this January, 150mm, hand held at 1/45 second (thank you anti-shake!)

In the full-size image you can see amazing detail in the feathers.

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