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12-09-2011, 12:07 AM   #1
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SMC PENTAX DA 50-200MM F4-5.6 ED WR vs SMC PENTAX DA 55-300MM F4-5.8 ED

Which one will be the better choice for a tele zoom, SMC PENTAX DA 50-200MM F4-5.6 ED WR or SMC PENTAX DA 55-300MM F4-5.8 ED.

This will be used only by a casual user needing the tele reach, not for action or wildlife.

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12-09-2011, 12:13 AM   #2
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You'll be happier with the latter, unless you need the WR.

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12-09-2011, 02:01 AM   #3
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I have both, and I agree with Adam. The 50-200 is a bit smaller and lighter, and has got WR (which is why I have it). The 55-300 gives you more reach (obviously...) and better IQ. And at 200mm it is both sharper and faster than the 50-200.

So, in short, I use the 50-200 only when I really need WR - which isn't very often.
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Savoche commented exactly how I had intended.

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the 55-300 is significantly better than the 50-200 IQ-wise.
12-09-2011, 05:40 PM   #6
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Thank You All for your recommendation. 55-300 is what I will settle for.


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