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11-29-2011, 08:19 PM   #1
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Hi guys does anyone know or recommend a reasonably fast 300mm zoom lense for a pentax that won't cost an absolute fortune..I currently have a sigma 28-300 but with f 6.8 at 300mm it often causes problems with af

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QuoteOriginally posted by milesy Quote
Hi guys does anyone know or recommend a reasonably fast 300mm zoom lense for a pentax that won't cost an absolute fortune..I currently have a sigma 28-300 but with f 6.8 at 300mm it often causes problems with af
Vast majority of responses will be for the DA55-300, and for good reason. Meets all your criteria. To get any faster (& better) at the long end you will have to spend considerably more.
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Sigma 100-300 f4 spings to mind, but that's not a cheap lens...
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This querstion pops up every couple of weeks, and the answer is always the same: Pentax DA 55-300.

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Thanks guys for your replies .. now I know this has been touched on before is there any real difference between the DA and the dal version ... I'm on my phone so s little hard to search properly
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Optically they are supposed to be the same. The DA has quick-shift feature (manually override the focus) and a metal mount. The DAL omits the quick shift and uses a plastic mount.
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off the top of my head
1. DA got the hood
2. DA got Quickshift
3. DA got Metal Mount
4. DA got the lens pouch
5. DA got distance scale and a metallic green belt line

That's about it, optically they are supposed to be the same
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Ah yes, the hood and pouch I forgot about. You can buy aftermarket hoods for the DAL fairly cheap on ebay. The hood bayonet is the same on both.

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