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01-11-2009, 10:28 AM   #1
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go back to a Pentax lens - last year's 50-300?

Hi folks,

I'm wondering if anyone has this lens and looking for feedback:

Pentax DA 55-300 F4-5.8 ED lens

PENTAX DA 55-300MM F4-5.8 ED LENS

I currently have this lens by Sigma:

70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG MACRO

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It's a good lens - macro shots are great, but I find the results weaker at near to full zoom. It's just not as sharp as I think it could be.

I had the Pentax 50-200 lens which came as a kit, but I traded that in for the macro feature of the Sigma, plus the small jump in extra zoom. The 200 lens was sharper. My rookie mistake I guess you could say.

Anyhoo, I might just trade in or sell the Sigma to get the 50-300, but looking for user feedback so I don't make another mistake

Cheers,
keebler

01-11-2009, 10:36 AM   #2
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reviews here: Pentax Lens Review Database - 55-300mm F4-5.8 ED
01-11-2009, 10:50 AM   #3
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I just got my 55-300 for christmas, and I like it so far. It has some heft to it, but it has quite a bit smaller barrel diameter than the Sigma.

I had the same Sigma for about a week last year, and it was just too big and bulky for me (I got the 50-200 for vacation travel). If you are used to the weight of the Sigma, handling the 55-300 will be similar, if not lighter.

The 55-300 does not have macro focusing, and it's about 4.5 feet for the closest focusing.
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thanks. i'm such a dolt - i had searched for 50-300 instead of 55.

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I just got my 55-300 for christmas, and I like it so far. It has some heft to it, but it has quite a bit smaller barrel diameter than the Sigma.

I had the same Sigma for about a week last year, and it was just too big and bulky for me (I got the 50-200 for vacation travel). If you are used to the weight of the Sigma, handling the 55-300 will be similar, if not lighter.

The 55-300 does not have macro focusing, and it's about 4.5 feet for the closest focusing.
thanks Aloha.

I almost brought my sigma back last year, but didn't due to a lack of lens at the time.
it's still taken some great shots, but i'm going to talk with the staff where i bought it about a trade in price and what the 300 will cost
01-11-2009, 11:23 AM   #6
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It's probably the best lens in it's range. I've had quit a few different lenses in this range or close and it is the clearest.
I had or have:
Tamron 18-250
Tamron 70-300 LD Di II
Ricoh 70-210 3.9 manual
01-11-2009, 11:30 AM   #7
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QuoteOriginally posted by Keebler Quote
Hi folks,

I'm wondering if anyone has this lens and looking for feedback:

Pentax DA 55-300 F4-5.8 ED lens

PENTAX DA 55-300MM F4-5.8 ED LENS

I currently have this lens by Sigma:

70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG MACRO

Sigma - Lenses

It's a good lens - macro shots are great, but I find the results weaker at near to full zoom. It's just not as sharp as I think it could be.

I had the Pentax 50-200 lens which came as a kit, but I traded that in for the macro feature of the Sigma, plus the small jump in extra zoom. The 200 lens was sharper. My rookie mistake I guess you could say.

Anyhoo, I might just trade in or sell the Sigma to get the 50-300, but looking for user feedback so I don't make another mistake

Cheers,
keebler

I haven't had the sigma offering but I have owned two copies of the Tamron 70-300. I understand that the PF is not quite as bad in the Sigma as in the Tamron.

But, I can tell you this, it exists in the DA 55-300 but it've very minimal and correctable.

I'd highly recommend the DA 55-300
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its $300 here: Amazon.com: Pentax DA 55-300mm f/4-5.8 ED Lens for Pentax and Samsung Digital SLR Cameras: Camera & Photo

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search google using siteentaxforums.com as a parameter for 55-300mm theere are plenty of articles

i have one and it does a pretty decent job. according to photozone.de it isn't the sharpest but the vividness of the colours makes the results still quite pleasant
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The "macro" feature of the 70-300 zooms is nothing to write home about - 1:2 only. You can do far better with the 50-200 or 55-300 by simply clipping on a $40 Raynox 150.
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