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10-29-2016, 07:19 AM   #1
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HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm F4.5-6.3 ED PLM WR RE - No reviews

Has anyone bought this lens?

This has been out for a while now and yet I can find no reviews here or anywhere else (UK/USA/elsewhere) so I'm personally wary of purchasing it in case it does not perform.

As a first of its kind I would have thought that the various photo magazines or serious forums (including this one) would have tested it by now.

What gives?

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It has only been available for maybe 9 or 10 weeks (although it was first announced in June, it didn't start shipping until mid-August). The reviews will come, I'm sure... but it will take a little time, especially as it's more of a consumer-grade lens.
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Thank you for that!

I did do a search but nothing came up, strange.

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I posted some review-like infos and pictures here:

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/10-pentax-slr-lens-discussion/328778-opin...ml#post3784510

A look at the different posts will help - a really nice lens IMO.
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QuoteOriginally posted by whyhaveone Quote
Has anyone bought this lens?

This has been out for a while now and yet I can find no reviews here or anywhere else (UK/USA/elsewhere) so I'm personally wary of purchasing it in case it does not perform.

As a first of its kind I would have thought that the various photo magazines or serious forums (including this one) would have tested it by now.

What gives?
We've already posted our preliminary review, and the in-depth review is not too far out:

Hands-On with the Pentax DA 55-300mm PLM WR RE - Hands-On Tests | PentaxForums.com

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QuoteOriginally posted by whyhaveone Quote
Has anyone bought this lens?

This has been out for a while now and yet I can find no reviews here or anywhere else (UK/USA/elsewhere) so I'm personally wary of purchasing it in case it does not perform.

As a first of its kind I would have thought that the various photo magazines or serious forums (including this one) would have tested it by now.

What gives?
I have this lens and the K-70. I also have the older screw drive version and the K-3. The image quality is excellent and at least as good as the older combo. However, the AF is faster and there is much less hunting compared to the older model. It is also quite. In general, my impression is very much the same as the first impression published on this site (see Adam's reply).

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We've already posted our preliminary review, and the in-depth review is not too far out:

Hands-On with the Pentax DA 55-300mm PLM WR RE - Hands-On Tests | PentaxForums.com
Thanks all for the response to my questions and the examples provided.

I hope the full (PF) review is good as I've just bought one.

If OK it will replace my SMC Pentax-DA L 50-200mm F4-5.6 ED WR and SMC Pentax-FA 80-320mm F4.5-5.6

Here's hoping.

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If OK it will replace my SMC Pentax-DA L 50-200mm F4-5.6 ED WR and SMC Pentax-FA 80-320mm F4.5-5.6

Here's hoping.
Congratulations! I don't think you need worry - while those lenses are decent enough, even the slightly older HD DA55-300 is leaps and bounds ahead of them... and, by all accounts, this new PLM model is even better
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Just to end this post, I've bought the lens and have posted my first impressions on this forum here:

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/10-pentax-slr-lens-discussion/328778-opinions-55-300-re.html
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