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10-12-2008, 04:32 AM   #16
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Thirdly, these are not indoor lenses, they probably don't start giving good images until about F8 and you can't expect them to be much good wide open. So that puts the 55-300 at about a 70mm.
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???? What has F8 to do with focal length? 55mm is much wider than 70mm, wide open or at F22.

I have many outside events where I wished my FA77 was a bit wider (or longer :-).

I have many inside events where I can make good use of my 18-250 (mostly in the 55+ range) combined with a flash.
The 18-250 is slower than the 55-300, so the 55-300 can certainly take the role of a low budget 50-135 replacement for indoor events.

A 55-300 would make a nicer event lens (in- or outside) than a 70-300.


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Forget the FA J, it's one of Pentax's less memorable efforts!

The DA 55-300 on the other hand is one of their best efforts to date, easily worth the extra 100. It's a no-brainer!
Well, I have seen good shots from the 75-300, in all fairness to that lens. Of course, the full zoom range isn't that good, and yes, the 55-300 looks to be well worth the price, from the samples I've seen.
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Thirdly, these are not indoor lenses, they probably don't start giving good images until about F8 and you can't expect them to be much good wide open. So that puts the 55-300 at about a 70mm.

I agree with you about the long end, it's nice to have it but in all honesty, it's not something that you or I would probably use in the real world. I suspect that's true of most people, if you are going to be using that kind of focal length a lot, you're probably going to want something faster.

Maybe a different way to go for OP would be to forget these two and invest in the DA 18-250 or even the Tamron 18-250, more expensive but much better lenses.
In my real world I use 300mm for about half of my photography (nature shots). The 55-300mm is best at F8 but is still very good wide open. I have hundreds of sharp images taken at wide open apertures.

I also have the DA 18-250mm and I strongly disagree about it being a better lens than the 55-300mm. The 55-300mm is sharper above 135mm, and I prefer its colour and contrast most of the time. The 55-300mm is also faster. It's f4.5 up to 200mm, whereas the 18-250 moves to 5.6 by 70mm and is at 6.2 at 200mm.

K100DS, DA 55-300mm @ 300mm, F5.8:


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I prefer to not have a zoom range above 4X but this is mainly due to the bad performance of the lens on my fujifilm that has a 10.6X range and it's not good at the longer end. I would love a 300mm prime as obviously I use it often at maximum but I'm really on a budget (putting into the camera fund 2 for every day i cycle to work and 50p if i refrain from a bar of chocolate from the vending machine ;-) so can't have any primes really unless I come across old good performing lenses like the 50mm F1.7 RICOH that I got on a car boot sale

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@tomtor, so I missed a word, it happens. The OP hadn't mentioned primes so I couldn't figure why you wanted to talk about them. We just seem to be at cross purposes and I bow to your experience.
I think we both agree the 55-300 is the better lens though.


@audiobomber, I was generalising with that statement, sorry it didn't come across, one usually expects a trade off of convenience over IQ at the extremes of the zoom range.
I know the 55-300 is a pretty good lens. I made that statement regarding the 18-250 based on research not experience. You were obviously in a position to confirm or deny that which you have done and I thank you for sharing that experience.

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well like I said primes would be wonderful but I'd want 2 or three as i plan on shooting some birds (no birds will be harmed in the process ) but obviously I can't shell out 2000+ pounds on my dream kit of practically perfect telephoto lenses so I will make do with zooms, I do think that primes are probably better i got an old RICOH 500mm f1.7 and was able to get some very sharp shots even manually focusing.
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