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• The versatile DA 55-300mm ED zoom lens offers an extreme telephoto zoom range, perfect for those moderate to long shots. ED elements compensate for chromatic aberration, while the Pentax SP coating which protects the exposed lens elements. Developed specifically for Pentax digital SLRs, the DA 55-300mm ED zoom has a focal length equivalent to 82.5mm to 450mm in the 35mm format.
The Pentax 55-300mm is commonly used for Landscape/scenery, Sports/action, Wildlife photos and more.The Pentax 55-300mm is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast among others.The Pentax 55-300mm is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Pentax 55-300mm: Consistent output, Durable, Easily interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice bokeh, Rugged and Strong construction
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Excellent sharpness and contrast
This is a surprisingly excellent lens, given the low cost. I rarely give a 5 star rating, but this very light and sharp Pentax lens deserves one, especially given its cost. Unlike most longer telephoto zooms, it remains sharp and quite contrasty when viewed at full 300mm extension and also quite sharp at the shorter focal lengths. I bought this lens to replace a Tamron 70-300 LiD, which is quite OK for the money but whose sharpness fades beyond 180 or 200 mm. I can find no faults with this n...View full Review
This is a surprisingly excellent lens, given the low cost. I rarely give a 5 star rating, but this very light and sharp Pentax lens deserves one, especially given its cost. Unlike most longer telephoto zooms, it remains sharp and quite contrasty when viewed at full 300mm extension and also quite sharp at the shorter focal lengths. I bought this lens to replace a Tamron 70-300 LiD, which is quite OK for the money but whose sharpness fades beyond 180 or 200 mm. I can find no faults with this newest Pentax. Its optical quality really is very good and the build seems robust while remaining lightweight.
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My other Pentax 55-300mm lens bit the dust when it hit the deck at the marina. The WR was my replacement choice to go on my K20D because I'm often out on or near salt water, rain and wind. So far it's proved to be bit sharper than my previous lens, and passed the salt water test after being doused by heavy spray over the bow of our observation boat at a recent regatta. A few good wipedowns, lens cleaning and body cleaning with Qtips and all is well. Focus is still slow and hunts occasionally, but better than my previous 55-300. It's not L glass, but great for the money. I like it. I was surprised that an order of this value was delivered without requiring a signature. Fortunately, I was home to get it when it was delivered. It could have easily been stolen if left at the door and we weren't here to take it.
Very impressed by crispness of image and range of this lens.
The lens is very solidly constructed and functions well. Thus far, I have conducted several "tests" with it, and it appears to do most of what I want it to do. It does appear somewhat limited if the main application is wildlife photography, particularly if the subject is not very large, and far away. On the other hand, the next step up is MUCH more expensive. I'd categorize it as a good general purpose medium to semi-long telephoto lens. The lens occasionally searches during autofocusing, but I think that is not a problem with the lens, but the particular set of points that my K5 is using for the autofocus.
So far I've taken bird & butterfly photos. Love the soft bokeh behind crisp details. The hunting isn't so bad as many report but I guess it depends how you are using it. For less than $250 US you would be hard pressed to find a lens with better quality in this zoom range.
I use this for bird photography and video. Very pleased with performance.
First off I purchased the Pentax k-5lls and absolutely love it. I didn't however want to invest a ton in lenses and had planned on purchasing the Sigma 18-250 macro as my walk around lens and then purchase some primes. I decided to also purchase the Pentax DA 55-300 just to compare with the Sigma and verify it was as good as reviews were saying. Well, I will say the Sigma is a very, very good lens, however for my needs the Pentax is the better choice and here is why. First the Sigma is very quick to focus and extremely quiet. The Pentax is also quick to focus, but unlike the Sigma it is very loud when focusing. While both take very sharp pictures for a zoom the Pentax edges out the Sigma when it comes to the amount of noise in images taken in low light, high ISO situations. Also the Sigma images are a bit darker even though I used the same setting for both lenses. The final thing that pushed me to keep the Pentax and return the Sigma is that I noticed when I was taking the pictures the Sigma images were quite a bit smaller at the same focal distance (in this case 250mm). When I compared them later in Photoshop I concluded that the Pentax at 250mm was equivalent to approximately 135-145mm on the Sigma. I don't know why this would be the case, but it was enough to push me to keep the Pentax. So, all that to say that I am very happy with the Pentax DA 55-300 and would highly recommend it, along with Adorama.
Use this lens for wildlife mostly and realy like the results - does hunt sometimes for focus.
After shooting six hundred images, I am in love with this lens. The autofocus is a somewhat noisy screw drive, scary for hummingbirds, but I simply pre-focus and lock and then wait for them to come to the feeder. I am using this lens for wildlife shots and landscapes. I also have the Pentax 18-135 that is a lighter walking around lens, but the 55-300 is not much heavier and is no burden. Bokeh is acceptable, with some spirit circles at 300mm showing up at macro zoom ranges of six to eight feet. I also use this lens for architecture shots in my work. I found the lens good in low light with a tripod and longer exposure times.
Good back up lens
I had this same lens for a few years until I accidentally dropped it on a rock in the middle of a lens change in Alaska. I thought so much of this lens that I just had to replace it with an identical one. I think that for the value it's a very good lens that any photographer should have in their bag.