Pentax smc DA 55-300mm F4.0-5.8 ED

Announced Jan 23, 2008 •
Telephoto zoom lens | Pentax KAF
iudex
 
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This lens is great considering it´s price tag. Very lightweight with long reach, ideal for nature or wildlife when travelling light. Sufficiently sharp (though not extraordinary), resistance to flare, bit softer at the tele end. Not very fast, but solid course of the lens speed: f4 from 55 to 107mm, f4,5 from 110 to 190mm and f5,6 from 210mm; f5,8 only at the very end. So the best for portraits (shallow DOF) is to shoot at 190mm at f4,5, where the outcome is very decent.

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robbo d
 
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Value for money for a kit lens, this is about as good as it gets. Very sharp in the centre, even to 300mm. Have taken some very nice bird shots and the colour rendition is very true. Bit of fall of to the edges, which for wildlife and portraits is generally fine or even an advantage. It would take a very nice lens to bump this out of my aps-c camera bag, but that lens would also be hell of an expensive piece of kit. Highly recommended and if your buying a Pentax kit, a no brainer. Problems: A ...

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xmeda
 
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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 ...

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belliac
 
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Very good at good lens for all purposes. Good construction. Lack of resolution at long end above 230mm. Need a tripod at long end.

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