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03-06-2010, 05:07 PM   #16
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Enjoy the Tamron - it's good value for money, although I still would personally have gone with the DA 55-300. Even without quick sift, the L version is optically the same as the original quick shift version and outperforms the Tamron and Sigma in every facet of image quality.
It's only about... 15g heavier, so I wouldn't mind it... and less than 50$ more expensive so I'd say it's a good trade in for the quick shift and metal bayonet. Plus the DA L isn't readily available anywhere here I don't think.

Yeah! LONG LIVE PENTAX LENSES ;P. Just I don't got the money ;(.

I'll be quite happy with this lens. It's my budget lens until I have enough money.


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I'm going to save up for a new lens soon and I've been looking at a Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro lens. Seems like a good price. I won't want to spend more than $300 on a zoom lens. I would like some suggestions of zoom lenses preferably with AF and... Quick-shift is not necessary but good to have. best to have 50 or higher as I'm happy with my 18-55 kit lens. Macro function is not a must either. Thanks guys!
I have a Kx with the tamron 70-300mm macro lens and I can say its worth the price but definately not more. I bought it brand new $155 at BHPhoto. The AF is pretty slow, its kinda loud (i dont care about that), the macro is ok at best, but again this lens is approx $150 and for 150 you will not find a lens that can zoom upto 300mm, have AF and macro capabilities. All in all the lens is well worth the 150.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Ash Quote
Enjoy the Tamron - it's good value for money, although I still would personally have gone with the DA 55-300.
QuoteOriginally posted by Mike.P Quote
I would also have gone with the 55-300mm.
A 55-300mm on a film camera? Wouldn't that vignette pretty badly? (OP has a K1000).
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A 55-300mm on a film camera? Wouldn't that vignette pretty badly? (OP has a K1000).
Whoops, forgot to update sooner, that I also have a K-X. Sorry about that!

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This is the zoom I use most with the K-x, but for the long end, I am partial the 55-300 and the 50-200 as well.
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This is the zoom I use most with the K-x, but for the long end, I am partial the 50-300 as well.
Are those primes?

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Are those primes?
those are the fabled DA Limited series...
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those are the fabled DA Limited series...
Whoops... LOL ;( I'll never be able to get those!

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This is the zoom I use most with the K-x, but for the long end, I am partial the 50-300 as well.
Cool, may I ask where did you get this case?
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Don't know if you already decided on picking up the Tamron yet or not. I just sold one and purchased a DA 55-300mm. While I owned the Tamron, I enjoyed it and got some great shots with it. On contrasty zoom shots you will see purple fringing, but it is not too hard to fix. All in all I thought it was a great budget lens...... until I mounted the DA 55-300 to my K-x. In my opinion, there is quite a difference in overall image quality in favor of the DA 55-300. It looks sharper in the center and edges, colors are rendered very well, and the contrast looks great. Given the choice to do it all over again, I probably just would have bought the K-x with the DA L 55-300. I don't mind my DA L 18-55 kit lens and I think it is actually a pretty darn good performer also. The quick shifting focus and the original lens hood are nice touches but not a necessity. The DA L is optically the same as the DA model so you can get the same pictures. You could purchase a cheap lens hood from eBay for under $5 and 99% of the time I don't think you would miss the quick shift.

In my search to purchase a 55-300mm lens recently, I discovered a few companies advertising Pentax 55-300mm lenses (most of them say it is the DA model) on eBay. Do not be fooled by their low prices. They are all DA L models. One company (Ryther Camera from New Jersey) actually changed their ad to correctly advertise the right DA L lens. For $285 you get a new DA L 55-300mm with no box or warranty.

Adorama was running a special on the DA 55-300mm lens through Amazon.com for $339.90 + free shipping. For $55 difference, I sprung for the DA brand new with a box, lens hood, warranty, quick shift, and a reputable company to back me up if I have any problems. I would advise you to do the same if that is in your budget... otherwise I would try to get a used DA or DA L 55-300mm on pentaxforums marketplace. I have seen several DA L lenses go for $250 and DA lenses go for $280. PM me if you want to go that route. I know of a guy that is looking to sell a like new DA 55-300. I believe he wants $290 for it (shipped) but don't quote me on that. I could put you in touch with him and you could ask.

Cheers and good luck finding what you are looking for. The Tamron served me well and if you never check out a Pentax DA 55-300mm you will think the Tamron is just fine.

My lens collection started out with so many varied 3rd party lenses and slowly (and unintentionally) they are all being replaced by Pentax lenses. The last few that I have purchased (F 50mm 1.4, DA 50-200mm, DA 55-300mm) have shown me that Pentax is on top of their game in the lens department! For what I consider budget lenses, these crank out very high quality photos with my K-x like a copy machine... one right after another. Now I am so backed up with post-processing work because I am not used to having to process so many "keeper" photos after I go out shooting.

I will definitely be considering all Pentax lenses first from now on. It will save a lot of time, money, and shutter actuations in the long run.

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Cool, may I ask where did you get this case?
The Pentax online store. It is the Ned Bunnell-designed case. Together, these primes take up about as much space as a super zoom. It would be nice if Pentax made a smaller case that held only two or three. This one barely fits in my PacSafe waist pack with the K-x.

For the long end, I would also add that with the DA 50-200, rather than the 55-300, the total package is very small.

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those are the fabled DA Limited series...
They are all there but the 35mm macro. I have the DA40 and the FA35/2, so I found it hard to justify another 35.

These little primes are such a great match for the size, weight and low light capabilities of the K-x.
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QuoteOriginally posted by GeneV Quote
The Pentax online store. It is the Ned Bunnell-designed case. Together, these primes take up about as much space as a super zoom. It would be nice if Pentax made a smaller case that held only two or three. This one barely fits in my PacSafe waist pack with the K-x.

For the long end, I would also add that with the DA 50-200, rather than the 55-300, the total package is very small.
That's a nice case. How did you fit 4? it says fits 3 da limiteds.

can it fit a lens plus an AF 540 ?
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Together, these primes take up about as much space as a super zoom.
Pretty big superzoom. The 18-250 is only 75mm x 85.5mm (2.8" x 4.4 ").

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