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11-02-2014, 04:48 PM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by boriscleto Quote
That's the HD, not the DA L (plastic mount, no quick shift, only sold in a kit...)

I bought the DA L in a white box from a Brooklyn Bandit.
Ah, ok...
well, they only made the WR lens with all the best features from all the 55-300... I'm also buying it because of that, just like I bought the 18-55 WR and not the DA or the DA-L.

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I have the 18-135 and the 55-300. They work well...some overlap, but to me, not deal breaker.
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How does the IQ between the DA 18-135mm and the DA 55-300mm compare in the ranges where they overlap? That would be the 55-135mm range.
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Certainly the 55-300 is faster, meaning that you can use f4 all the way up to 100mm. The IQ is great, and I find that at the long end (100-135mm) its slightly sharper than the 18-135. However, if you plan on using it for sports, it might not be the best lens due to its slow autofocus. And if you're into wildlife and bird photography, you might scare the animals/birds away due to its loud AF, even though I managed to capture some great bird shots with this lens from only 5-6 metres away. Other than that its a great lens and for your budget, its probably the best one you can buy. I use mine as a macro lens as well, since I pair it with Raynox DCR-150 and performs exceptionally well. Im not into macro that much to purchase a macro lens, so it serves me well there too. I say just go for it and you will not be disappointed

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The 55-300 is a bit weak on the wide end, IMHO. The 18-135 shines at 70-100, and the 55-300 shines above 150. You'll get by at the 55mm but of course up close that's a bit tight. You don't buy a long zoom for up-close work, though. I have both and use both.
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QuoteOriginally posted by schnitzer79 Quote
However, if you plan on using it for sports, it might not be the best lens due to its slow autofocus. And if you're into wildlife and bird photography, you might scare the animals/birds away due to its loud AF, even though I managed to capture some great bird shots with this lens from only 5-6 metres away. Other than that its a great lens and for your budget, its probably the best one you can buy. I use mine as a macro lens as well, since I pair it with Raynox DCR-150 and performs exceptionally well. Im not into macro that much to purchase a macro lens, so it serves me well there too. I say just go for it and you will not be disappointed
As a screw drive the speed of the autofocus will depend on the camera. Tested on a K-3, autofocus on the 55-300 outperformed that on the 60-250:
Review: HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm F4-5.8 ED WR - Autofocus vs DA* 60-250 | PentaxForums.com Reviews
Compared to a DC lens like the 18-135 or a SDM AF lens like the 60-250, it is so loud it will always seem slow!

Schnitzer makes a good point about the Raynox. The 55-300 has a long minimum focus distance (1.4m or about 5 feet), so it is not even a pseudo-macro. The Raynox overcomes that limitation (and can be transferred from lens to lens).

I suspect the long MFD comes from it not being an internal focus lens. The positive side of that is that 300mm means 300mm, not just at infinity. Compared to my Tamron 18-250, for example, shooting a subject say 5m away at 200mm, the magnification with the 55-300 will be greater and field of view narrower. This is a big advantage for shooting birds, insects, animals etc, as you can fill more of the frame.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Des Quote
Schnitzer makes a good point about the Raynox. The 55-300 has a long minimum focus distance (1.4m or about 5 feet), so it is not even a pseudo-macro. The Raynox overcomes that limitation (and can be transferred from lens to lens).
Minimum focus distance is long, but it is a 300mm lens, and it is not crippled up close like an IF lens. It has a maximum magnification of 0.28x. The 18-135 has a maximum magnification of 0.24x, so it doesn't quite meet the old marketing definition of 'Macro' (1:4). The 60-250 is even worse close up.

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I have the 18-135 and the DAL 55-300.

Curiously, when I go out, I leave the 55-300 and bring the F70-210. I sacrifice some reach, but the colors of that F70 more than makes for it.
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As a screw drive the speed of the autofocus will depend on the camera. Tested on a K-3, autofocus on the 55-300 outperformed that on the 60-250:
Review: HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm F4-5.8 ED WR - Autofocus vs DA* 60-250 | PentaxForums.com Reviews
Compared to a DC lens like the 18-135 or a SDM AF lens like the 60-250, it is so loud it will always seem slow!
interesting review,strange that I havent read it before. well, AF speed is relative of course. even though ive heard a few people complain about the AF speed of the 55-300 during sports, personally I havent missed focus with it yet during such events. even though it might be slower than other lenses, like the sigma 24-70 that i own which is super fast, if you use it properly during sports, its guaranteed that it will produce consistent results every time. AF-C mode, focus set on the back button and burst mode is the way to go.. unfortunately the loudness cant be dealt with. however that doesnt stop me from keeping it in my bag
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I have a lot of lenses, but the focal length - is 200 mm, I also wonder what would be for creative shots, buy something more ambitious. There is also a 500 mm lens, but it is a mirror and use it heavily, not in terms of weight and in terms of accuracy.
If you are considering must 55-300 I think it's definitely worth taking!
You will be surprised how many new opportunities will open up to you this lens!
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