In this review we'll take a closer look at the Pentax DA 55-300mm F4-5.8 zoom lens. This lens is produced in two different versions: DA L and DA. The DA L variant comes bundled with camera kits, while the DA is sold separately. The two variants are optically identical, but the DA L is cheaper as it has a plastic mount and does not allow manual adjustments to the focus on the fly (no "quick-shift"). Both versions of this lens pair nicely with the 18-55mm kit lens, and we'll take a look at how it handles and what one can expect in terms of image quality. Finally, we will help you determine if this lens is right for you. The the lens used in this review was the DA variant, which can be purchased for $349.
So now you've mastered the fundamentals of your camera, and are looking for a lens with more reach so you can capture those far off subjects. Pentax has the lens for you- the DA 55-300mm. This high quality, affordable zoom lens offers excellent image quality. It's the perfect complement to the 18-55mm kit lens and allows you to cover a wide variety of shooting needs with only 2 lenses (effectively giving you 18-300mm reach). If you are looking to add a longer zoom to your bag, this may very well be the lens for you. We invite you to read on and discover what this lens can do for you!
Review originally published on August 26th, 2011