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12-01-2011, 01:53 PM   #1
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DA 55-300mm in WR Version?

Anyone know if Pentax has any plans to manufacuter a weather resistant (WR) version of their SMC DA 55-300mm zoom?

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Nope, although it would be nice if they did.

Reason they might not could be that it's a lens designed for use with the intro-level body, which isn't weather sealed. I'm willing to bet that it will eventually come out.

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It would be nice as a budget long lens, but the success of the 55-300 comes from 2 lens kit deals on the kx or kr level. I think they only made the Wr 18-55 to have a matched lens on the K7 when it launched. I think they erred and should have re-done the 16-45 or the 17-70f4 as the wr kit lens for the k7/5 it's the flagship camera so pretty silly to put your worst lens on it.
K7/5 target market really isn't first time buyer of SLR or DSLR though many people are first timers.
The 1599 original price on the K5 seemed high with the 18-55, but i bet everyone would have loved a 1699 price with a 16-45 f4.0 WR
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so what would you all consider their best zoom lens (I've got a K-5), or even other manufacturers, for sports and wildlife? I'd love a weather resistant lens, but I'd rather have higher build and image quality. (assuming I can afford it).

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The Tamron and Sigma 70-200 are very popular and excellent lenses. For some extra reach you can try the Bigma.
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the 60-250 f4. WR huge range and well regarded. not inexpensive but cheap compared to some of the alternatives.

if you need faster (i have to assume it isn't a huge concern since the initial question was the 55-300 as WR)

with faster and still long reach and WR (of a sort) Sigma 120-300 f2.8 is just coming out and is likely very good (it is VERY EXPENSIVE $3200)

The Bigma (50-500)as mentioned - If you need the reach and don't want to spend multi thousands on several lenses and can handle the weight and slower speed it is also excelleny


Sigma 70-200 f2.8 no WR but an excellent lens, with Os so you have the option of that or SR $1400

and The Tamron 70-200 2.8 lowest cost alternative, screw drive not HSM/SDM No Os (hell you have SR) best value by far in the quality glass $699 which is excellent bang for the buck
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QuoteOriginally posted by Adam Quote
Nope, although it would be nice if they did.

Reason they might not could be that it's a lens designed for use with the intro-level body, which isn't weather sealed. I'm willing to bet that it will eventually come out.
The DA55-300 was introduced around the same time as the (entry-level) K200D which is weather sealed
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QuoteOriginally posted by sterretje Quote
The DA55-300 was introduced around the same time as the (entry-level) K200D which is weather sealed
but at that point they didn't have an entry level WR lens at all 18-55Wr was introduced with the K7

If the 18-135 was a more reasonable price (like the shorter nikon lens on the D700) then it would be a fine kit lens for K5 successor. but current pricing is pretty high for a Kit lens

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