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11-01-2009, 11:00 PM   #1
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Which Zoom

I'm a total newb here. I'm about to get my first DSLR(most likely the Kx). As far as first telephoto lenses go I can;

a) get the kit 55-300 lens for about $200

b) get a new "Quantaray 70-300mm F4-5.6" lens locally for about $80 new with hood

c)find some other older zoom that I don't even know about yet

I'm on a pretty tight budget so faster zooms are probably out of the question for now.
Can anyone tell me how the two lenses would compare? Any other choices in this pricing area. I like the extra reach the 300 gets over the 200 since it matches my super zoom point & shoot. Any help is appreciated. Oh also, is the new 55-300 in the review database yet? I couldn't find it.



11-01-2009, 11:57 PM   #2
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If you can get the DA 55-300 for $200, get it - best $200 you'll ever spend on a telezoom.
See here:
Pentax Lens Review Database - 55-300mm F4-5.8 ED

If by the new 55-300 you mean the DA L version, then it will be optically the same as the regular DA version (above), so you can be sure it's a good lens to get.
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Gotta agree with Ashley, that's one loverly zoom, so good I own one myself.

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