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06-11-2019, 01:25 PM   #1
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Zoom lens advice

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I'm looking for a tele zoom lens for my Pentax K5. I can not change this camera in the next future and I have just a lens kit is SMC Pentax-DA L 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL WR ( and other fixed manual lenses). The budget is around 350 USD
I watch for a 55-300mm lens and find these (around me):
SMC Pentax-DA 55-300mm F4-5.8 ED (used, around 160$)
HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm F4-5.8 ED WR (new in box with two years guarantee, 360$ and used aorund 290$)
HD PENTAX-DA 55-300mmF4.5-6.3ED PLM WR RE (new in box with two years guarantee, 460$) over the budget.
Which one could be a good choice? I'm not a professional, I just use the camera in vacancy, and occasionally.
Thank you.

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The PLM is not fully compatible with the K-5, scratch it off the list...

The DA, DA WR, and DA L versions are all optically the same. The DA L has a plastic mount and lacks quick shift. Obviously the WR has newer coatings and is WR but is that worth $130 extra to you?
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Do you want to take photos during snow or rain? If yes, get the WR version (not PLM). You'll need to decide on new or used based on your desire for warranty, and the reputation of the used seller.

If you don't plan to photograph in bad weather, the used DA version will perform identically to the WR version, for much less money.
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Yes, I found DA-L lenses, cheap of course, no one new, under 100$, without hood, but I don't like them. I suppose a good choice will be the new one WR, somewhere around 360$. There is a difference of 70$ between new and used one...

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QuoteOriginally posted by DeadJohn Quote
Do you want to take photos during snow or rain? If yes, get the WR version (not PLM). You'll need to decide on new or used based on your desire for warranty, and the reputation of the used seller.

If you don't plan to photograph in bad weather, the used DA version will perform identically to the WR version, for much less money.
Yes, I use the camera during rain or snow. I never found used one with warranty, only new one. I'm talking around me and is a criteria to evaluate or testing it on my camera...

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Yes, I use the camera during rain or snow. I never found used one with warranty, only new one. I'm talking around me and is a criteria to evaluate or testing it on my camera...
personally i'd take the WR. I took mine (non wr version) on safari once (dusty) and since then the AF is more hesitant. Not sure whether it relates to the dust or not.
But i think the WR will last you longer. For the price it is a very good lens.
I'd buy new. the price difference is not big enough..

However, 160$ is really not a lot for the non-wr if the lens is in good shape!...
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QuoteOriginally posted by grispie Quote
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However, 160$ is really not a lot for the non-wr if the lens is in good shape!...
That one (smc 55-300 non wr) I found it on a local auction site, in fact a private seller site, not like ebay, more like craiglist. Just see pictures, read description. If buy it, i must to trust and believe the seller...
So, I prefer the new one (with warranty)
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I have been happy with the DA 18-270 ED SDM, find it covers about everything I want on vacation. Wide angle allows city street views or mass plantings at gardens and tele gives good views of architectural features, flowers, odd things a way off. It was about perfect for a visit to Kew Gardens last month, although sometimes I wished for an even shorter focal length; vast vistas there. Having the convenience of wide angle through tele on without having to change lenses makes up for any defects compared with prime lenses, gives me the opportunity to compose scenes without having to stop and change lenses. I also take along the WR 18-55 kit lens for those days that are damp, can always zoom and crop images with some quality loss.
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QuoteOriginally posted by grispie Quote
personally i'd take the WR. I took mine (non wr version) on safari once (dusty) and since then the AF is more hesitant. Not sure whether it relates to the dust or not.
But i think the WR will last you longer. For the price it is a very good lens.
I'd buy new. the price difference is not big enough..

However, 160$ is really not a lot for the non-wr if the lens is in good shape!...
with regard to the WR [ as well as AW ] language for Pentax gear

these thread are good ones to review:

About those WR body weather seals...User responsibility and best practice - Page 4 - PentaxForums.com

AW vs WR - Page 3 - PentaxForums.com

WR and AW lenses: a difference you may not even know existed - PentaxForums.com

they are not the same and may not mean what you think they mean

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