Is it possible to combine outstanding function and beauty in a lens? Yes, one of the Pentax lenses that proves it is the DA* 300mm F4.0 ED Supersonic Drive Motor (SDM). The DA* lens line currently consists of six lenses that feature the highest quality materials and outstanding construction. Two of the unique features of the DA Star line are weather and dust resistant construction and quiet SDM focus system thanks to a built-in autofocus motor. The DA* 300mm is the longest lens currently in production by Pentax. The DA* 300mm, like all DA’s, is designed for the APS-C format and will produce dark corners if used on a full frame (24 x 36mm) camera. Pentax currently produces several outstanding lenses that seem to be sprinkled with “Pixie dust,” such as the FA 77mm and the DA 40mm. There may be other lenses that are better built, but the DA* 300mm is by far the largest lens so because of its size, there is more of it to appreciate. Currently the DA* 300 is one of the highest rated lens in our Pentax lens review database with an average rating of 9.74. The lens is not cheap, it retails for $1399.00 at most major retailers, and the used price is on average $200 less than new. In this review we will take a detailed look at the DA* 300mm lens and see why it’s as sexy on the inside as it is on the outside.
Review originally published on June 26th, 2012