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

Started Apr 16, 2014 | Questions thread
OP Mrik Regular Member • Posts: 126
Re: Gear advice needed (Zoom lens in the 50 to 200-300mm range )

Msroberts wrote:

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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Well if ever I found (in france) the Kit version of the 55-300, then the sigma 50-300 apo macro which is around 170€ will be equivalent budget wise. But it still has the macro ablility as an advantage...

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Pentax K-5 II Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM Pentax smc D-FA 100mm F2.8 Macro WR Pentax smc DA 35mm F2.4 AL Pentax smc DA 50mm F1.8 +1 more
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