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05-13-2008, 12:22 PM   #1
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DA 55-300 - quick 1st impressions

Having only owned the 55-300 for a couple of hours I've not had a proper chance to try it out fully but here are my first impressions..

Build quality - pretty good, nothing loose - smooth zoom action (moreso than Sigma 70-300)

size - smaller than both the sigma/tamron 70-300

Lens hood - a little on the thin size but locks in position positively & does the job

& now the most important one IQ...

As I said its early days but my initial thoughts are very positive, looks quite sharp at 300mm to me, moreso than the Sigma & I think if not equal to, then pretty damn close to the Tamron. Looks pretty good wide open too.

I've taken some quick test chart shots - unfortunately these have to be reduce 45% in quality due to photobucket limitations, image size is FULL SIZE - NO sharpening added in PP, shot in RAW

Click on thumbnail to open image, then click again for FULL SIZE

F11 @ 190mm

F11 @300mm

F5.8 @ 190mm

F5.8 @ 300mm

Last edited by simonkit; 05-13-2008 at 12:43 PM.
05-13-2008, 06:30 PM   #2
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You can see that the 55-300 gets a little soft at 300, but for the price I can live with it. I really only carry the two DA's now DA18-55 and DA55-300. Has me covered until I have the cash to build on these. The DA50-200 is collecting dust right now, and will for a while I guess. I think that the DA50-200 is going to in the bargain bins in the near future. Or bundled in with the body real cheap.

Still need a good macro, Fish Eye, and something with high IQ in the mid-range, but have to be happy with I have for a while.

No LBA here


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