Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home

Show Printable Version Search this Thread
12-17-2018, 05:18 PM - 1 Like   #16
Loyal Site Supporter
Loyal Site Supporter
Des's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Sth Gippsland Victoria Australia
Photos: Albums
Posts: 4,870
QuoteOriginally posted by pepperberry farm Quote
DA L 55-300mm is possibly the best consumer zoom in K-mount... add in the low price-point and it just sweetens the deal...
Well many would find the lack of QS a real issue, given the way focus can hunt (although personally it doesn't bother me). And of course AF isn't a patch on the PLM and the bokeh isn't as good. But the resolution from the screw-driven 55-300 rivals that of the PLM, maybe even beats it at the long end (my copies anyway), especially when stopped down. I completely agree that for <$US100 for one in good condition, the DA-L is a great buy.

Last edited by Des; 12-17-2018 at 10:36 PM.
12-18-2018, 02:32 AM - 1 Like   #17

Join Date: Dec 2016
Location: Southeastern Michigan
Posts: 2,884
The K-5 II is a premium-built WR camera body, but not WR unless having a WR lens on it. The WR version of the DA55-300mm is the way to go, and cost is still reasonable. You also get the newer HD coatings with the WR version, which I found to provide slightly better imaging quality than the non-HD WR version, and I had both for a time, but now only have the better one. The new price for a WR lens for Canon or Nikon falls in the $1,000 US category.

  • Submit Thread to Facebook Facebook
  • Submit Thread to Twitter Twitter
  • Submit Thread to Digg Digg
Tags - Make this thread easier to find by adding keywords to it!
50-200mm, 50-200mm f4-5.6, budget, budget zoom lens, f4-5.6, k-mount, lens, pentax lens, pentax-da, pentax-da l 50-200mm, slr lens, smc, smc pentax-da
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
New Pentax flash AF360FGZ Mark II version much better then the old version? Theov39 Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 6 02-27-2017 09:35 AM
SMC Pentax-DA 55-300mm F4-5.8 ED vs SMC Pentax-DA* 300mm F4 ED [IF] SDM Budster48 Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12 06-30-2013 11:00 AM
SMC PENTAX DA 50-200MM F4-5.6 ED WR vs SMC PENTAX DA 55-300MM F4-5.8 ED Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 5 12-09-2011 05:40 PM
Pentax DA 50-200MM F4-5.6 ED vs Pentax smc DA 50-200mm f4-5.6 ED WR kitkat Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 6 08-05-2009 01:41 PM

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 08:46 PM. | See also:, part of our network of photo forums!
  • Red (Default)
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Dark
  • Dark Yellow
  • Dark Blue
  • Old Red
  • Old Green
  • Old Gray
  • Dial-Up Style
Hello! It's great to see you back on the forum! Have you considered joining the community?
Creating a FREE ACCOUNT takes under a minute, removes ads, and lets you post! [Dismiss]