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07-29-2016, 06:17 PM   #46
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QuoteOriginally posted by Archimedes the Dog Quote
Sorry for the typo, it was the 16-85 (posting too early in the morning) which is pretty notably sharp.

The 55-300 is largely a stepping stone lens for me on the way to something more expensive. It's definitely better than my FA 100-300 was. My example at least just doesn't dramatically outperform its price point IMO.
Your copy is notably soft.

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I don't have this lens but have viewed many hundreds of shots from it and have always been very impressed....and the price is amazingly low! A great lens at a great price...what's not to like!

I would say it compares very nicely with my 50-500 Bigma HSM OS and at a much lower price....the only problem is that I need the extra 200mm range more often than not.
I would love to see Pentax make an affordable lens in the 50-500mm range that could retain the same IQ as the 55-300...they would sell a ton of them!

As for sharpness, it appears plenty sharp for amateurs like me...and my Bigma always requires some processing to get the best results, so that would not bother me at all. I'd be the first to order!

Regards! & I hope to keep seeing all your 55-300 shots for a long time to come!
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Not looking good Arch. The 55-300mm is a sharper lens than the 18-55, IME, especially at 55mm where the 18-55 is known to be soft. At the very least they should be equal.

You say you dialed in the auto-focus. A good way to double check is with CDAF (use Live View). If that is indeed not the issue, then I'm confident in saying your 55-300 is defective. I've compared all my DA zooms, 18-55 (original & II), 16-45, 18-135, 18-250 and 55-300. My 55-300 tested sharper than all but the 16-45.
Another possibility is that you got a defective (or at least bad sample) of 18-55 then. while 55-300 good enough at 55 (but no better than 18-55), it is not that sharp at 300mm... Consumer zoom have quite some variation in quality from sample to sample, people get only their own sample to work on and even the notion of "sharp" is very different from people to people.

Here from photozone:






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All in all actual pictures are more descriptive. But if 55-300 was even approaching DA*300 or 60-250 in sharpness at the long end, I think almost nobody would get the more expensive, heavier lenses.

At least on photozone for resolution a 18-55 approach a FA31 ltd. The difference is the apperture you need for that (FA31 need likely f/2.2 when 18-55 need f/4.5), and the overall rendering. Contrast, bokeh, colors are much better on the 31.

But if you are a better photographer you have the 18-55 and me I have the 31, there chances you may get more interresting pictures than me regardless.

The same with 55-300 and even a DA*300 I think. A better photographer would get better result with a 55-300 than a worse photographer with DA*300. Investing is gear is important, but only matter if you as a photographer follow.

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Your copy is notably soft.
Yeah, looking at other example photos I think I got a lemon. Fortunately, i seem to still eb under warranty so I'll be calling Ricoh.
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Any HD Teleconverter 1.4x owners with this lens that would be willing to weigh in with their thoughts on the pair? I know it's going to be super slow on the long end (aperture wise) but I'm wonder if the combo still function? Specifically with AF... 1 stop from f/5.8 is what? a bit over f/8 ? But I find this lens is better stopped down to f/8 so that would be f/11 essentially with the TC. How well/poor does it work with the 55-300?
A bump for this question, to prompt some responses. (I haven't tried this combination myself, but users such as @Boriscleto and @csa have got good results with it.)
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I just got this lens a few weeks ago. I'm impressed with it. Works great for butterfly macros without scaring them away. Have not had a chance to try it on birds yet, but looking forward to it.

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I've tried the 55-300 with my AFA 1.7x, and gotten pictures but nothing to write home about yet.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Archimedes the Dog Quote
Yeah, looking at other example photos I think I got a lemon. Fortunately, i seem to still eb under warranty so I'll be calling Ricoh.
For the record, after months of no word from Ricoh or their repair partners on my warranty submission, I came back to work today to find a brand new copy of the lens waiting for me.
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at 55mm f4.0

seems i got a decent copy
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QuoteOriginally posted by SSGGeezer Quote
No birds in flight but a Bumblebee in flight instead. Has the tongue out ready to get in that flowering bush at the rest area in Falmouth, Maine. I had shot some with my cheapo Promaster 28-80mm but there were so many hard working Bumblebees on the flowers, I went and put my PLM back on. Close up is extreme crop of the first image. This is wide open at 300mm!
You did what I did earlier. You posted PLM photos in the non-PLM samples...
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Really the HD 55-300 WR

I've never posted a photo here before, but I'm doing my bit to reach the K-1 giveaway goal. My copy of the 55-300 HD may not be the very sharpest, or it may be my aging arms, but I'm still happy with what a bit of post-processing can do with its images. This one has seen gentle treatment with Topaz Clarity and Detail plus toning down the bright green grass background in Photoshop.
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and one more to show close focus and bokeh

For the gardeners in the crowd, this is allium 'Sugar Melt' in bloom today in eastern Massachusetts. I leave it to others to identify the visitor. The HD 55-300 has pretty good bokeh, at least in this focal length range (c. 135mm). Processed entirely in Lighroom 5.7. The colors are out of the camera, K-5 embedded profile; I was tempted to tone them down a bit but didn't.
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