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11-26-2014, 03:47 PM   #1
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Two 300mm Lenses

Can anyone tell me what the difference is between the two lenses below are they look the same zoom wise and price wise too.

Pentax smc DA 55-300mm f/4.0-5.8 ED

Pentax smc DA 55-300mm f/4.0-5.8 ED Lens: Electronics

Pentax DA 55-300mm F4-5.8 ED WR

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11-26-2014, 03:57 PM   #2
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The bottom one is WR (Weather Resistant) and should cost more.
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The WR model replaced the first one in production in late 2013, I believe.
11-26-2014, 05:33 PM   #4
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There are a couple different versions of the 55-300mm. The SMC DA L is the cheapest and I think it has no markings and comes without a lens hood - it could only be found bundled with a camera. The SMC DA was sold on its own, and has distance scales and green ring. The HD DA is the latest version, with the latest coatings and WR. The there lenses all have the same glass, but the HD version has "improved" lens coatings, so it might perform a little better than the other two. WR can also be important, because if you have a WR camera and want to use it in poor weather, you need to put a WR lens on it as well.

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Review: HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm F4-5.8 ED WR - Introduction | Reviews
55-300 Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database

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