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02-02-2012, 01:20 PM   #1
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DA or DA L 55-300

I understand that optically the Pentax DA 55-300mm and the DA L 55-300 are the same. The differences being a metal mount, a hood and quick shift.

I only have experience of the kit lens (18-55mm) so no quick shift and there are plenty of DA L 55-300mm versions available from tiawan via ebay.

But is quick shift really worth investing in? I understand it as a concept but in practice will it make a huge difference?

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02-02-2012, 01:21 PM   #2
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It's nice to have, but if you're a beginner, it won't make much of a difference.

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02-02-2012, 01:33 PM   #3
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Not that I have noticed. The 55-300 is intended for sunlight use and mine has seen most of its use shooting sports with my children. Under those conditions I haven't done much MF of the lens. The more important issue is a hood IMHO. It's a MUST HAVE for the lens.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Docrwm Quote
The more important issue is a hood IMHO. It's a MUST HAVE for the lens.
Agree. I use the quick shift on my DA*16-50 all the time. But I have never felt a need for it with my DA L 55-300. I think it is that at those focal lengths I am not second guessing the auto-focus.

But a hood is an absolute requirement. You can get a cheap ebay one for a few bucks that works fine or the official one for a lot more. None of this is to say I would not take the DA model in a heart beat if the price was comparable though. But I don't think the DA is worth a lot more just for quick shift.

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From Taiwan on eBay could mean "grey market" which could mean in 90 days a defect will cost you $200. Read those carefully.

DA-L versions are great also if you don't want to spend the extra money. I've used a DA 50-150 with quick shift and a DA L 55-300 without.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Nowhere Matt Quote
From Taiwan on eBay could mean "grey market" which could mean in 90 days a defect will cost you $200.
All DA L lenses not sold in a kit are "grey market". I bought mine from Tri-State Camera. Couldn't be happier. It is by far my favorite lens, just spend a couple quid on a hood for it.
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I have the DA55-300 and use quick shift all the time, especially if you are shooting something like birds and don't want to scare them. It's way faster than waiting for the autofocus when you are changing targets from close to far. I rarely don't use it. After using quick shift I would not buy a non-quick shift lens if the same optics came in a quick shift version.

I would also not use an outdoor lens without a hood, so you need to figure that into your cost, there are imitations that are much cheaper, sometime they fit a little loose, but way cheaper than the Pentax hood.
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I bought an ebay hood for my DAL 55-300 and am happy with it. It will reverse for storage and even has the little 'window' for a polarizing filter.


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