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02-01-2014, 07:35 PM   #1
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HD PENTAX-DA 55-300mm Sample Photos

I bought this lens a few weeks ago, with this trip in mind. Every photo taken in this album was taken with the 55-300. I shot them in RAW, color corrected in Photoshop (using Curves) and added a little sharpness using the Unsharp Mask. I had my ISO and shutter speed set to auto, and my aperture set to f/5.6 (I believe). I also used AF-C, with the back AF button and burst mode shooting. I have to admit, I was impressed with the sharpness of some of these photos.

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Blacksburg Ward Ski Trip - Winterplace 2014 - a set on Flickr

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Pretty good results for a "cheapie" zoom lens.
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Looks pretty nice, good to hear you're enjoying the lens!
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This was taken at f8 1/800 300mm, there are a couple more I posted over here.



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QuoteOriginally posted by apfhex Quote
This was taken at f8 1/800 300mm, there are a couple more I posted over here.
That's a great shot! I love it.
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couple from my DA 55-300WR HD










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Makes me want to run outside and put my DA-L version to work. Only problem is getting into the long underwear, the parka, the heavy socks and the snow boots, and then how do I operate the lens with ski mitts on?

Nice work with the lens.
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Thanks. we also have winter at Finland now..so I kind a know what you mean.

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Since I have a copy of this lens in my possession nowadays, and it's a fairly new lens, I thought it would be good to post some of my shots here.
It's a friend's lens which will fly to him next week.

@ 70mm, f/6.7, slightly cropped I guess



@ 170mm, f/6.7



@ 300mm, f/8, about 50% crop I guess.



@300mm, f/8, about 100% crop



@300mm, f/8, about 100% crop

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QuoteOriginally posted by mtux Quote
Since I have a copy of this lens in my possession nowadays, and it's a fairly new lens, I thought it would be good to post some of my shots here.
It's a friend's lens which will fly to him next week.

@ 70mm, f/6.7, slightly cropped I guess



@ 170mm, f/6.7



@ 300mm, f/8, about 50% crop I guess.



@300mm, f/8, about 100% crop



@300mm, f/8, about 100% crop

These pictures are taken with the same lens that mtux has mentioned in the previous post

HD DA 55-300 WR





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300 mm, f/13 (cropped)


230 mm, f/13


300 mm f/13
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With the WR version on a K-5:

House Finch, Male
by john m flores, on Flickr


House Finch, Female
by john m flores, on Flickr

And on a Q7 with Pentax Q-K adapter:

Snowy Owl Scans
by john m flores, on Flickr


Snowy Owl takes flight
by john m flores, on Flickr
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Not as spectaular as above, but here's a sample from my copy:
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