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02-19-2018, 04:57 AM   #1
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55-300mm PLM RE Zoom Ring Sweep past 55mm Stop!

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I have a 55-300mm RE lens that when I sweep back from telephoto to wide it bumps past the 55mm stop. Is this a usual occurance?

The retracted transport lock is secure and a nice fit, it's just when in shoot mode, extended and with the stiff weighted zoom ring, dropping to the wide side will often sweep past the 55mm stop. As I'm aware of this I do take it into account. I don't want to repeatably sweep past 55 without pushing the button.

It does seem odd that it happens as it locks out the camera from shooting.

Sorry if this has been covered. My initial search and quick look at reviews etc.. didn't reveal this issue.


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02-19-2018, 02:47 PM - 1 Like   #2
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My copy doesnít allow movement past 55 unless the button is pushed. Not sure itís a major problem but if it goes into a position which prevents shooting it would be irritating.
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I checked mine. When it is in the zoom area it has hard stops at both 55mm and 300mm. I have to push and hold the button to turn it into the retract position. I would imagine if it was forced, the button release could be overcome and it could be turned past 55 into the retract position. I would not try it. I think someone else noticed your issue on their lens in another post.
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Thank for the replys and info regarding a good stop at 55mm. The sweep past 55 was a little let down and without knowing better, attributed to Pentax build quality. I dread to think what activity in the past my copy had to endure to end up like this. That aside and now knowing better, pleased with the lens from Pentax. I'll keep mindful of the stop though and practice saying "implementation"!

The video shows at 45 the sweep past.

Thanks Pentax Syntax and jddwoods.


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