HD DA 55-300 WR Review Posted
In-depth review and DA* 60-250 comparison
By Heie in Review Announcements on Jan 27, 2014
Today we are proud to present our in-depth review of Pentax's latest telephoto zoom, the HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm F4-5.8 ED WR. It's not exactly a brand new lens, as it marks the third official variant of the highly popular DA 55-300mm F4-5.8 ED lens; the most notable change is the addition of weather sealing.
Can a $400 lens outperform a $1300 lens? In this review we've dedicated six full pages to comparative tests and photos against the highly regarded Pentax DA* 60-250 F4.
Just like "Mark II" and "III" products inherit design elements from their predecessors, the HD 55-300 is no different. Compared to the SMC 55-300mm that came before it, the HD 55-300mm has the same optical and mechanical design. But we couldn't be happier to see the 'WR' signature added to the lens, designating its weather resistant capabilities. And the new HD coating promises to reduce ghosting and improve micro-contrast.
So continue on to read one of our most comprehensive lens reviews to date to see what its strengths and weaknesses are, and to see how it compares to a professional zoom.