DA 55-300 vs DA* 300 f4

Started Sep 16, 2013 | Discussions thread
jf_tea Senior Member • Posts: 1,118
DA 55-300 vs K 200 and Panasonic 100-300

The DA55-300 might be quite good... But when it was at 200mm, my K 200mm F/4, at F/4 or F/5.6, was so much sharper than the DA55-300, especially in the corners. It was a revelation. Of course, the K 200mm is MF, which is less convenient.

The competition... More recent lenses are surprising. I tried the Panasonic 100-300mm (Micro Four-Thirds) zoom... And, a few weeks later, I came to the conclusion that my DA55-300 was not satisfying. Maybe I had a bad copy? Well, it was not de-centered. But, it was so far behind the MFT 100-300 (at same equivalent 35mm FL, such as 300mm or 450mm).

DXOMark is very good with all those tests and measurements.  But, I would rather trust the users who have a DA*300, if they can compare their DA*300 with a DA55-300.

All in all, the DA55-300 could be a good choice, because, getting a really better lens is a lot of $, and, probably a few more Kg of glass.

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