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09-16-2018, 07:16 PM - 1 Like   #1
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HD 55-300mm F4-5.8 WR - show us your good&bad time with this len! (2020 edition)

another happy, grateful PLM 55-300 thread? hey, read titile carefully.......
i have to admit that my financial at moment is my serious issue
so i got screw drive version instead, my impression is the len is beautiful...... to my eye



what i have seen,i feel pity for it. the len was overshadowed by PLM version, should it deserve more love?

do you still keep the len, or already left it behind, follow the call of PLM?
if you still keep and using the len, please, if you don't mind, i would love to see your time with it!

this is my first photo attempt using the len


09-17-2018, 03:53 AM   #2
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09-17-2018, 07:08 AM   #3
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thats wonderful, tim!
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the pre HD version of the lens, LBA tells me I should get the HD version, but I'm really happy with my particular DA version




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09-23-2018, 03:45 AM - 1 Like   #5
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nice bird photo, cee cee!

my copy is suprisingly sharp at 300m when stopped down to f8, f9, center to edge....wow!

this picture is also treated with some corrections in photoshop


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but there are also some focal length suffered softness on the right, stopped down won't help much, post-sharpen can't fix too
for my copy, i didn't examine all focal length,but i notice 55mm, 110mm, 230mm are so terrible!

here also my attempt in panning shot

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QuoteOriginally posted by KoolKool Quote
but there are also some focal length suffered softness on the right, stopped down won't help much, post-sharpen can't fix toofor my copy, i didn't examine all focal length,but i notice 55mm, 110mm, 230mm are so terrible
.... Hmm ! I've never really done any testing but I haven't noticed any problems at all with shorter focal lengths, it only gets better. Maybe you should get it checked, cheers
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there are also some focal length suffered softness on the right, stopped down won't help much, post-sharpen can't fix toofor my copy, i didn't examine all focal length,but i notice 55mm, 110mm, 230mm are so terrible!
It sounds like the lens is decentered. If so it would affect all focal lengths, particularly at wider apertures. I can't tell from the images you have posted, but here's a simple way to check: How to Check Your Lens for Decentering - Articles and Tips | PentaxForums.com
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yeah, i will using the Des posted article mentioned method to check when i'm free
i guess my copy is lightly decentered, luckily not all focal lengths affected and i mostly shoot at f8 and above

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Here is a few from 2016 at Yellowstone with my K3, from an air how in 2017 with my K1 and a few closeups with my K3 I got mine on sale for about $266. Love the lens, but autofocus can be sketchy. Overall I am happy with it. I have used it on my K3 and K1 and the results can be very good.
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