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03-13-2018, 02:05 PM   #16
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It is really unfortunate what happened to your lens. I have the 55-300 PLM and my copy seems to be a durable well built lens despite it's mostly plastic construction. I have bought several Pentax lenses over the last 30 years, new and used including F 28mm, FA 50mm, all 5 DA Limited primes, DFA 100 macro WR, DA* 300, DA 17-70, HD DA 16-85 and the 55-300 PLM. I have one dud in my batch and that is the 17-70. The SDM died and the barrel and zoom ring are very wobbly meaning it is now just a paperweight. Many others on this forum have had great luck with this lens, so you never know. My thought would be to get yours professionally repaired since you should get a new replacement part but if you feel comfortable with remaining it yourself then by all means go for it. All the better if you can get the defective part replaced with a new part.


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