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HD DA 55-300mm: $267 deal renewed!
Posted By: Adam, 07-28-2015, 10:40 AM

An additional instant rebate on the popular 55-300mm lens was just posted today:


I'm consolidating this deal so that both stores get exposure.
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08-21-2015, 09:30 AM   #31
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Ordered one to compare against my Tamron 70-200 2.8. I really like the Tamron, but it's big, heavy and not WR.

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QuoteOriginally posted by ecruz Quote
Ordered one to compare against my Tamron 70-200 2.8. I really like the Tamron, but it's big, heavy and not WR.
I have both lenses, and wouldn't let either go. While they overlap in focal length, I use them for different things.

Tamron 70-200: very sharp, great for low light (indoor sports, concerts) and portraits.

HD Pentax 55-300 WR: sharp enough, lightweight, great for outdoor events where you can use the extra reach (especially in threatening weather).
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I will either get my 60-250 in the mail today or if they leave a notice pick it up tomorrow. I was thinking of this, but I would have far too much overlap.
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I've a DAL and K-s1 so WR is lacking all over. Still, this is a deal worthy of consideration for future bodies!

08-31-2015, 06:31 AM   #35
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Received mine last week. Plan to try it out at my son's soccer game this evening. It's certainly a lot easier to handle than my Tamron 70-200 2.8. I know it won't match the Tamron, but I'm interested to see what the image quality looks like.
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With the high iso improving exponentially across the board for all sensor sizes, it is OK that this lens isn't a F2.8. What this lens needs is a fast reacting reliable DC motor.
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QuoteOriginally posted by ecruz Quote
Received mine last week. Plan to try it out at my son's soccer game this evening. It's certainly a lot easier to handle than my Tamron 70-200 2.8. I know it won't match the Tamron, but I'm interested to see what the image quality looks like.

A quick review:
Not nearly as sharp & vivid as the Tamron. No surprise there, I wasn't expecting it to be. What did surprise me, although not WR, my Pentax FA 100-300 (that I paid about $60 for used) is just as sharp, if not sharper & may even have better color. Is that possible? I admit this was only about 75 shots from 1 soccer game, but I picked the most in focus, sharpest pics and only compared to other soccer shots that were at similar focal lengths, ISO, shutter speed, etc.

Now the question is, do I want to keep a lens that's not much (any?) better than other lenses that I already own, that cover this range? Tamron 70-200 2.8, Pentax FA 100-300, Pentax DA 18-135 WR.
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I would still keep it. Why? For one the 55-300 is WR. Nothing great but every bit helps keeping your investment in that equipment safe.
I have the 18-135 too. It is no match for the stellar image quality of 55-300 WR. Being a long focal length, gives it a splendid bokeh, something the 18-135 lacks IMHO.

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