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11-08-2013, 10:23 PM   #1
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HD 55-300mm w/ K-3 ;)

Just a bit of lens & camera porn for you guys. This combo looks rather nice!

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The lens does look very nice. The red ring looks like plastic and the color looks flat. Then again the original 55-300 had a plastic ring and was flat black. The lens also seats farther down into the barrel then mine which has a 3/4 inch gap. I definitely like the distance markings in the front which the old one doesn't have.

I know my 55-300 feels like a totally different lens on my K-3. It no longer does the full out/in when focusing in low light. It goes straight to focus.
How does the new one feel?
Does the lens have more contrast with the HD coating?
Is the HD coating durable?
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Great, I'd love to try birding with the combo. I bet the crop will give a noticeable improvement in reach.
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QuoteOriginally posted by 7samurai Quote
The lens does look very nice. The red ring looks like plastic and the color looks flat. Then again the original 55-300 had a plastic ring and was flat black. The lens also seats farther down into the barrel then mine which has a 3/4 inch gap. I definitely like the distance markings in the front which the old one doesn't have.

I know my 55-300 feels like a totally different lens on my K-3. It no longer does the full out/in when focusing in low light. It goes straight to focus.
How does the new one feel?
Does the lens have more contrast with the HD coating?
Is the HD coating durable?
I wasn't too impressed by the AF when I tried it indoors, but I also pointed it at some pretty challenging subjects. Feels just like the SMC version BTW, it's most likely not redesigned in that respect. I wish it had a DC motor!

Based on what Pentax told me in interviews, HD coating is durable enough for mainstream use.


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I have been comparing AF tracking performance of mine with both the K3 and K5iis. The K3 is much better at AF tracking with that lens.. The 55-300wr behaves much differently on the K3. In good light , it is like a different lens. Otherwise.the WR lens feels much like the first version. Including the gritty manual focus ring. It also weighs .5 oz more.
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