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The high performance DA* 300mm ED (IF) lens incorporates an SDM system which creates a smoother, quieter auto focus.
Featuring a Quick-shift Focus System, switching from auto focus to manual is instantaneous. Weather and dust resistant, it's the perfect lens for extreme weather conditions.
Developed specifically for PENTAX digital SLRs, the DA* 300mm ED (IF) SDM lens has PENTAX SP coating which protects the exposed lens elements, and a focal length equivalent to 450mm in the 35mm format.
It is a prime lens of high quality. Quiet, fast, focus, overall smooth. Everything you would expect for the price. This is a great birding and outdoor lens. The low light usage is limited but logical considering the focal length vs diameter.
This lens is simply the best lens I have ever owned. The clarity and accurate focus is overwhelming. The motor is whisper silent. It is expensive and I really had to think a long time before purchasing a lens that cost more than my first car but worth the money indeed.
Living in Western Colorado, I try to get out as often as possible to photograph wildlife. In just a couple of weeks time I have captured the wild horses of the Little Book Cliffs and the bald eagles that have returned to the valley to fish the small streams and rivers. This lens has done a beautiful job of capturing the various wildlife on the western slope. By using the 300mm, I didn't have to get too close to the wild horses, thus disturbing them. I am really enjoying the clarity that this lens produces.
This is a great lens. The build quality is superb and the focus and silky smooth. The removable tripod mount is well thought out and the lens handles very well.
I don't often write reviews for the photo gear I have purchased, but this lens DESERVED a review, and a very high praise one at that. I am primarily a wildlife photographer so I needed a high quality lens that would get me up close to the action without interfering with the wildlife. I primarily photograph marine mammals so it was very important that I could hand-hold the lens that I purchased since having a tripod on a boat is absolutely useless. While this lens is a bit on the heavy side, it small enough that I can easily carry it around on a boat or on hikes without it being too much of a burden (although I do recommend investing in one of those nifty Cotton Carriers if you will be doing a lot of walking around with this thing). This lens takes absolutely stunning images. The photos are tack-sharp, very nice bokeh, and wonderful clarity. Even when I crop in 100% or even 200% the photos still look fantastic. In short, I am very impressed. The only cons of this lens is the weight (it is a bit heavy, but it will help build muscles ;) ), the auto focus is slower than I would like sometimes however it is still very fast, and the hood can be a real pain to get on and off. Otherwise this lens is all aces and I've attached a photo to prove it.
I bought this lens for my trip to Alaska. Wow! I'm so glad I did. I have attached some photo's from this trip. The bears and whales are right up front with this lens.
good use with SDM macro tube(i use kenko 1.5and remove all lenses), so that i can use this as a macro lens, 1:2 ratio. high performance, from about 0.4m-5m. useful range!
This lens is great! Fast auto focus, sharp and accurate. The lens is heavy, but what would you expect in a weather sealed, 300mm lens. You can really reach out and get that impossible shot with this one.
Been using a sigma 170-500 non hsm lens. Finally got the combination right with this purchase. Staying in AUH, donot get many choices for Pentax. Thanks adorama for having such a good variety for pentax.
As I write this review, I'm looking at a image of a Lanner Falcon (native to the middle-east and a favorite of the Arab shieks) in my photo browser that I took on 8/22 at the Cinti. Zoo. The bird show keeper brought out three birds for members of my photo club to shoot. Wish you could see the detail in the feathers of this beautiful bird. I'm still getting used to the lens on my K20D. I used a bushhawk shoulder stock and shot @ 125 to 180th and between F4.5 and 8 (ISO 400). They weren't quiet as sharp as the birds on my backyard feeder, but those were shot on a weighted-down tripod using a cable release. The zoo shots were very good and the bokeh was wonderful! I'm looking forward to using this lens on a tripod at the zoo soon. Well worth the investment. By the way, just sold my older FA* 300MM Pentax [...] for 89% of what I paid for it six years ago! Pentax rocks!