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05-23-2010, 02:28 PM   #1
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Help newbie choose zoom lens

Hello all!

I'm trying to figure out what would be a better purchase for a zoom lens.
I need it to go at least 300mm so I came up with 3 candidates:

Pentax smc P-DA 55-300mm F4-5.8 ED ~$400 new
Tamron AF70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di LD Macro 1:2 ~$200 new
Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro ~$250 new

I have Pentax K-X and a kit lens, so idea is to get long zoom to capture wild life and like from a distance.

Thanks in advance for all suggestions.

05-23-2010, 02:34 PM   #2
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I'd go with the sigma if I were you. If you'd like to compare lenses, check them out in our review databases:

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I can also recommend the Pentax FA 80-320mm, but that you'd have to get used.
05-23-2010, 03:03 PM   #3
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Although you have the kit lens, an alternative is the Pentax DA18-250mm/Tamron 18-250mm that would give you a nice all-around system (1 camera + 1 lens only). The DA18-250mm/Tamron 18-250mm is considered one of the best among all brands.

If you intend to shot wildlife, however, 250-300mm might not be far enough. I shot birds and wildlife with my 18-250mm, but I have to come relatively close. I am used to and I know that the extra 50mm (250->300mm) would not help much.
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without a doubt, go with the DA300

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just an example

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Wow, pretty much every opinion is for different lens
No real consensus eh?
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I'm sure you know the saying about what opinions are like
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I was kinda hoping for more uniform opinion
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QuoteOriginally posted by slayer Quote
Wow, pretty much every opinion is for different lens
No real consensus eh?
That's not really true. You'll find almost no one recommending either of the third party zooms you list as being *better* than the DA55-300 - just cheaper, and maybe close enough that you could reasonably go with the cheaper options and be happy. Opinion is close to universal on which is actually best, though. What you're seeing above is people going outside the box recommending other random lenses instead of the three you asked about. But among those three, see the probably hundred or so previous threads on this topic here and in the beginner's forum (the same topic comes up several times a week) comparing telephoto lenses. It's practically unanimous.

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Ok, so it's Pentax then

Another question, is there difference between kit lens and lens sold separately?
I'm talking specifically about Pentax DA 55-300 mm F4-5.8 ED.

Thanks to all who replied!
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QuoteOriginally posted by slayer Quote
Ok, so it's Pentax then

Another question, is there difference between kit lens and lens sold separately?
I'm talking specifically about Pentax DA 55-300 mm F4-5.8 ED.

Thanks to all who replied!
The kit lens is the DA L. It has a plastic lens mount, no aperture ring, and does not come with a hood.
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So, for someone like me it means lower quality lens?
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So, for someone like me it means lower quality lens?
Pentax Lens Review Database - SMC Pentax-DA 55-300mm F4-5.8 ED Lens Reviews

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05-23-2010, 06:18 PM   #13
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Perfect, got it!!!
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QuoteOriginally posted by slayer Quote
Perfect, got it!!!

DA 55-300 = excellent choice

IMO unless you want to get really serious about bird/wildlife or sports (and spending 5x 10x the money) then the 55-300 is the the only telezoom you'll need.

One tip when using the DA 55-300 for hunting wildlife. If you're sitting in the scrub trying to be as quiet as possible, use the quickshift function to range in the focus (or roughly pre-focus) before using the AF, especially if the light is a little low. The noise from the lens racking in-out might cause a stampede.


As Mr Eagle said above the DA300 with silent focus is a serious tool for stalking .. wildlife that is.
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Steve, you're scaring me
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