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01-18-2015, 09:41 AM - 3 Likes   #1
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HD PENTAX-DA 55-300mm F4-5.8 ED WR Follow up

Here is the follow up to my user review after one year with the HD PENTAX-DA 55-300mm F4-5.8 ED WR

HD PENTAX-DA 55-300mm F4-5.8 ED WR Follow up | Wallace Koopmans Artlog

01-18-2015, 09:51 AM   #2
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Interesting.
I was evaluating the purchase of this lens in my quest for an all-rounder telephoto, but in the end I decided differently.
Time will tell if the decision was right (but I sense that a [camera-porn] thread is nearing... )
And nice gallery at the end!
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Thanks for doing this. I have the DA*50-135 as well but got the 55-300 HD WR for birding on the K-3 and Q7 as well as for my motorcycle travel stories. It's smaller and lighter than the DA* 50-135 which means I may take it with me; the DA*50-135 often gets left behind because space on the motorcycle is tight!
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I think its the most under-appreciated lens in the lineup. Small, solid, great reach, not expensive, updated coatings, WR - what's not to love.

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what's not to love.
The Autofocus
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The Autofocus
You have problems with AF on yours? I've been using the DAL version since 2010 and its no better or worse than any other screw drive zoom.
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I added this lens to my wish-list some time ago after reading reviews. It's never had a reputation for super-sharpness, but it does get consistently good reviews and over and over I see fine images taken with it. Combine that with the relatively low price and the range, and it seems like something I could definitely use, if not every day. Thanks for adding to my list of reasons to get it. Sadly it will have to wait a while, I have quite a few other things I will need to get first like it or not.
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A good review and done at the proper time. A lot of people review a lens after a weekend and often come to the conclusion that the lens isn't particularly good, especially telephotos. It takes a while to get to know a lens, learn it's strength and weaknesses. An excellent collection of photos in your collection, too!

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Here is the follow up to my user review after one year with the HD PENTAX-DA 55-300mm F4-5.8 ED WR

HD PENTAX-DA 55-300mm F4-5.8 ED WR Follow up | Wallace Koopmans Artlog
BTW, love the iPad paintings! What app you using? And are you painting from a photo or en plein air?
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I agree that this lens is very under rated. I have seen people compare this lens to limited primes and star zooms. That is just not fair. Very few if any zooms are going to beat a prime, it is just the nature of the beast. Comparing the lens to star zoom is crazy since a star zoom can cost three times as much. With newer DSLR's I do not find the slower aperture to really be an issue. At the 300mm end I have found anything below F8 begins to loose sharpness, however some of this can taken care of in Lightroom. As for distortion the K3 can do a good job of correcting this or you can do it in post. Overall for the price you can not beat this lens. With the weather coating, new HD coating and focal range there is nothing else that compares to it for the price. I was lucky enough to buy this lens from the Pentax webstore last November for $250. I really have no serious complaints with this lens. I am just waiting for this gloomy Michigan winter to end so I can get out more and really use it.
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BTW, love the iPad paintings! What app you using? And are you painting from a photo or en plein air?
Thank you very much I'm glad you noticed them. I use procreate and a nomad brush. There is a mix of images using photo source and some painted directly but in either case every stroke you see I have made.

This for instance these are painted from life




While this was using a photo for reference.



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QuoteOriginally posted by reeftool Quote
A good review and done at the proper time. A lot of people review a lens after a weekend and often come to the conclusion that the lens isn't particularly good, especially telephotos. It takes a while to get to know a lens, learn it's strength and weaknesses. An excellent collection of photos in your collection, too!
Thank you very much

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The Autofocus
Are you referring to the screw drive? The focus is fine with this lens on the K-3 but a silent motor would be preferable.

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Interesting.
I was evaluating the purchase of this lens in my quest for an all-rounder telephoto, but in the end I decided differently.
Time will tell if the decision was right (but I sense that a [camera-porn] thread is nearing... )
And nice gallery at the end!
Thank you I'm glad you like the gallery. What lens did you decide on instead?
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Thank you I'm glad you like the gallery. What lens did you decide on instead?
It's not even comparable... but experience tells me that I don't really need 300mm... nor AF... nor A aperture...
An oldie-but-goldie SMC Pentax-M 80-200mm f/4.5, first series, practically like new, judging by the pictures...
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You have problems with AF on yours? I've been using the DAL version since 2010 and its no better or worse than any other screw drive zoom.
No, I haven't been having problems beyond the standard way it works. I.E. sometimes it goes a long way past the point of focus and then back. Also, the focus throw is long, so it takes longer to focus. But these are just the way it is.
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No, I haven't been having problems beyond the standard way it works. I.E. sometimes it goes a long way past the point of focus and then back. Also, the focus throw is long, so it takes longer to focus. But these are just the way it is.
The 55-300 is one of those lenses where quick shift is really handy. If you rough manual focus and then let the auto focus fine tune it is quicker. But yes, if it misses, it takes awhile.
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