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04-21-2008, 10:18 AM   #46
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QuoteOriginally posted by hwblanks Quote
I just emailed the sales department at Focus Camera to see if the $209 price for the 55-300 was for real or just a typo; I could see $309, but $209?

Anyhow I searched for the 50-200 and found it as a separate listing for $177.95.
Pentax 21567 - Focus Camera

It's rather strange, isn't it...
Heather

Their reseller rating is not bad.

Focus Camera Customer Ratings, Reviews and Prices at ResellerRatings

I still think that is a mistake.

Ed

04-22-2008, 12:40 PM   #47
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55-300 min focus is 1.1m or 1.5m?

QuoteOriginally posted by Richard Day Quote
The Tamron doesn't go that much closer even in the macro setting. It's closest distance is 0.95M against the DA 55-300 min close focus of just under 1.1M, which it can do at all focal lengths, the Tamron's minimum is 1.5M between 70 and 180mm.

I have found that I've hit the minimum focus distance from time to time at the normal setting, in fact you cannot use the lens with the macro mode selected under 180mm, it locks up. I think I would prefer to have a full time 1.1M minimum rather than a switched 0.95M at the long lengths only.

Another factor is that the AF rotation on the Tamron is very large and the AF mechanism is highly geared which gives rise to slow AF. The 55-300 has a lesser rotational angle and if it's like most of the other screw driven Quickshift lenses, the AF will be pretty snappy. I hope to try one out as soon as they appear here in the UK.
richard,

hi. i looked at pentax's website and it mentions that the 55-300 has a min close focus of 1.5m.
i'd be happy if it was 1.1m.

could you confirm that it is indeed 1.1m and not 1.5m ?

tnx
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04-23-2008, 04:04 AM   #48
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QuoteOriginally posted by opiedog Quote
richard,

hi. i looked at pentax's website and it mentions that the 55-300 has a min close focus of 1.5m.
i'd be happy if it was 1.1m.

could you confirm that it is indeed 1.1m and not 1.5m ?

tnx
jordan
From the spec's it does look like the minimum focussing distance has been reduced.

I took my information from these pre-launch photos of the lens which clearly indicate 1.1M:



Until I see an example (Monday 28th) I cannot confirm either way. I will post my findings later.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Richard Day Quote
From the spec's it does look like the minimum focussing distance has been reduced.

I took my information from these pre-launch photos of the lens which clearly indicate 1.1M:



Until I see an example (Monday 28th) I cannot confirm either way. I will post my findings later.
thanks richard.

please keep us posted.


regards,

jordan

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Ed,

Has your 55-300 shipped yet? We're all waiting with baited breath to see those first LBA pics.

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04-23-2008, 05:41 PM   #51
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QuoteOriginally posted by hwblanks Quote
Ed,

Has your 55-300 shipped yet? We're all waiting with baited breath to see those first LBA pics.

Heather

And, I just got notification from UPS that they have received the billing information from Calumet Photo with a scheduled delivery date of April 28 (Monday).
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Pentax 18-250 & Pentax 55-300

Hi,
I don't have a great deal of expertise, but I bought an 18-250 rather than wait for the 55-300. I was disappointed w/the 18-250 because when the zoon was unlocked and you pointed your lens down towards the ground like you're taking a photo looking down on something and the lens would drift or migrate. I called the camera shop I purchased it from and was within the two week exchange period and they had just gotten in there shipment of 55-300s. I exchanged, and am happy with it thus far. No zoom drift. But I did end up purchasing an additional lens, 16-45mm, to get the wide angle I need for shooting architecture. The 55-300 was $399 at Kenmore Camera, the 16-45 was $469.
Hope this helps someone.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Ed in GA Quote
And, I just got notification from UPS that they have received the billing information from Calumet Photo with a scheduled delivery date of April 28 (Monday).
QuoteOriginally posted by schoolbusdriver401 Quote
Hi,
I don't have a great deal of expertise, but I bought an 18-250 rather than wait for the 55-300. I was disappointed w/the 18-250 because when the zoon was unlocked and you pointed your lens down towards the ground like you're taking a photo looking down on something and the lens would drift or migrate. I called the camera shop I purchased it from and was within the two week exchange period and they had just gotten in there shipment of 55-300s. I exchanged, and am happy with it thus far. No zoom drift. But I did end up purchasing an additional lens, 16-45mm, to get the wide angle I need for shooting architecture. The 55-300 was $399 at Kenmore Camera, the 16-45 was $469.
Hope this helps someone.
anxiously awaiting test photos

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I've been holding off on buying either the Tamron or Sigma 70-300mm because of this lens. I can't wait to see your test shots. :-)
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QuoteOriginally posted by AML Quote
I've been holding off on buying either the Tamron or Sigma 70-300mm because of this lens. I can't wait to see your test shots. :-)

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QuoteOriginally posted by Richard Day Quote
The Tamron doesn't go that much closer even in the macro setting. It's closest distance is 0.95M against the DA 55-300 min close focus of just under 1.1M, which it can do at all focal lengths, the Tamron's minimum is 1.5M between 70 and 180mm.
Hi Richard,

The Tamron 18-250 will focus at 17.7" (0.45M) throughout its zoom range, and I assume the Pentax version is the same. Not sure about the 55-300.

Even though it's not a true macro, it does come in handy and I use it fairly often for shots like these:



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QuoteOriginally posted by hwblanks Quote
I was shopping around and found this unbelievable deal...
Pentax 21720 55-300MM F4-5.6 Telephoto Zoom Lens - Focus Camera
$209? Are they sure they aren't getting it mixed up with the 50-200?

Heather
I can't tell for sure, but focus camera looks like several other websites that advertise under a different name but are the same company. these sites write their own reviews and are not reputable. they all advertise very low prices and do not deliver the goods. Personally, i would not order from them. Their ad says 55-300, but that lens pic definitely looks like a 50-300mm
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how is the 55-300?

QuoteOriginally posted by Richard Day Quote
The Tamron doesn't go that much closer even in the macro setting. It's closest distance is 0.95M against the DA 55-300 min close focus of just under 1.1M, which it can do at all focal lengths, the Tamron's minimum is 1.5M between 70 and 180mm.

I have found that I've hit the minimum focus distance from time to time at the normal setting, in fact you cannot use the lens with the macro mode selected under 180mm, it locks up. I think I would prefer to have a full time 1.1M minimum rather than a switched 0.95M at the long lengths only.

Another factor is that the AF rotation on the Tamron is very large and the AF mechanism is highly geared which gives rise to slow AF. The 55-300 has a lesser rotational angle and if it's like most of the other screw driven Quickshift lenses, the AF will be pretty snappy. I hope to try one out as soon as they appear here in the UK.
Richard,

hi.

just wondering if you received your 55-300 yet.
your first impressions on this lens would be appreciated!

thanks

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04-28-2008, 07:38 AM   #60
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Darn it all

UPS was just here.

My package is on his truck but I can't get it until he comes back this afternoon.

Guess we'll have to wait.
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