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01-27-2017, 02:10 AM   #1
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pentax da 55-300mm PLM vs sigma 18-300mm

I was just wondering if anyone has compared the optical quality of the new a DA 55-300mm plm vs the sigma 18-300mm contemporary.

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I hate to bring up an old thread but hopeful that in the years past someone has gained experience with these 2 lenses to provide some insight. I am also debating between these 2 lenses for my K70. If the OP is still around, what did you end up with and are you happy with your choice?
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We now have in-depth reviews of both:

Sigma 18-300mm F3.5-F6.3 Contemporary Review - Introduction | Reviews
HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm F4.5-6.3 PLM WR RE Review - Introduction | Reviews

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Just check out the images in this thread. The PLM is brilliant up to 270 mm and fairly good after that. With a KP, K-70 or even a K-1 it is fun, light and fast focusing.
HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm F4.5-6.3 ED PLM WR RE - Show us what it can do, what it CAN'T! -

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Thanks for the links. Initially I was torn between these 2 lenses but after reading the reviews "head to head" it seems the PLM has the advantage here. What you give up in range and macro(esque) abilities you seem to gain back in IQ and WR rating. I guess it's time to make a leap of faith...

---------- Post added 04-30-20 at 04:01 PM ----------

the photos from the thread are making me rethink the "macro-esque" capabilities of this lens! some very impressive shots in there for something that is not a true macro lens!

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