after the DA 55-300... which lens is "better" ?

Started Jan 24, 2014 | Questions thread
OP jf_tea Senior Member • Posts: 1,093
Re: after the DA 55-300... which lens is "better" ?

Holger Bargen wrote:

Dear jf_tea,

I own the 55-300 for my private Equipment. First I was very satisfied with it and I still think that it is a very nice lens if you Keep in mind what it costs.

Then I tried to use it for a Task at my Job and found that it is not sharp enough - especially to the edges it is not good enough. In my Job I found the 60-250mm lens as a very reliable lens with a very good quality.

Later on I found that DxO offers a correction module for this lens and for camera lens combination of a lot of Pentax cameras. This correction works very fine. I do not know if the lens togehter with this correction would be good enough for my Needs at my Job - but for my private Needs I am more than satisfied with this combination.

Maybe this could be a solution for you, too.

For my private Equipment I have two very good non-AF lenses within the rang of this lens if I Need high-end sharpness: The Tamron 180 mm f=2.5 and the Pentax A* 300. If you cann efford the DA 300mm it would be an excelent lens for you. The Sigma lenses seems to be to bulky for me.

Best regards


Hi Holger,

Thanks for your advice. I agree that there is a difference between Private and Job uses. The expectations and cost should match with the importance of the task.

About DxO correction module, I use LR4 and I think that the Development tool in LR4 already has a good section about Lens Profile and correction.

Myself too, I have some longer MF lenses, two 200mm. The Pentax SMC 200/4 and a Takumar S-M-C 200/4. Both are quite sharp. But, I find MF very frustrating when trying to capture wildlife images. I'm not one of the more experienced photographers who grew up using MF

I thought about using a AF teleconverter with the SMC 200/4, but, those AF TC are difficult to find.

thanks for your input !


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