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Only $309.06 at B&H - Pentax HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm f/4-5.8 ED WR Lens
Posted By: Pictora, 06-18-2016, 12:16 PM

Deal Link: Pentax HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm f/4-5.8 ED WR Lens 22270 B&H Photo

Reg. Price: $396.95
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06-18-2016, 12:26 PM   #2
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If I didn't already have the DA version...
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I picked mine up from B&H for $269.95 back in February.
I have noticed all the Pentax equipment has gone up in price since February.
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Already placed an order at B&H for this lens :-)

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Is this supposed to be a better lens than the new upcoming 300mm zoom lens? since it is HD, I am curious.
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QuoteOriginally posted by talkskiwon Quote
Is this supposed to be a better lens than the new upcoming 300mm zoom lens? since it is HD, I am curious.
Both have the HD coating. The new lens has a slightly slower aperture (F4.5-6.3) and focus-by-wire, but fast & silent AF. We'll see about the image quality, as it has a new optical formula. If I were to guess, though, it might not be better since small size tends to come at a price.

So I guess it will be up to users to decide

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QuoteOriginally posted by Adam Quote
Both have the HD coating. The new lens has a slightly slower aperture (F4.5-6.3) and focus-by-wire, but fast & silent AF. We'll see about the image quality, as it has a new optical formula. If I were to guess, though, it might not be better since small size tends to come at a price.

So I guess it will be up to users to decide
Thanks for the information!
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needs cropping on FF

I've seen some images posted that make it look otherwise, but at all aperture settings and with no hood, I got substantial vignetting and blurry edges/corners. I still like the lens for crop use--just don't want folks to be disappointed on the K-1.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Pictora Quote
Deal Link: Pentax HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm f/4-5.8 ED WR Lens 22270 B&H Photo

Reg. Price: $396.95
Instant Savings: $87.89
Limited supply at this price
You Pay: $309.06
With Free Expedited Shipping
I have this lens and really like it. A bargain at this price!

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Even cheaper! Now $308.95!
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It was around 270 USD a couple of months ago at B&H.. price seems to really fluctuate..
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It was around 270 USD a couple of months ago at B&H.. price seems to really fluctuate..
Yes, I know. I was hoping for a chuckle. Sorry.
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I was all set to take advantage of this, ahead of an upcoming WDW trip that will include Animal Kingdom... then I saw they had a used copy for $250, so I ended up with that instead.
(Until that, I'd been having no luck finding any used copies anywhere that were any cheaper than new.)

They currently have an Open Box copy for $235 that includes the full manufacturer's warranty, but it doesn't say anything about whether the accessories are included. There must be some reason it's priced lower than the other used copy that isn't Open Box.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Scintilla Quote
I was all set to take advantage of this, ahead of an upcoming WDW trip that will include Animal Kingdom... then I saw they had a used copy for $250, so I ended up with that instead.
(Until that, I'd been having no luck finding any used copies anywhere that were any cheaper than new.)

They currently have an Open Box copy for $235 that includes the full manufacturer's warranty, but it doesn't say anything about whether the accessories are included. There must be some reason it's priced lower than the other used copy that isn't Open Box.
Nice find.

Please do thorough focusing tests to ensure you don't have any de-centering and you have no back/front focus (might need AF adjustment in the camera and the previous owner didnt realize this) issues.

Also please test at infinity. I had a lens that refused to focus at infinity.. despite AF adjustments, despite going to repair 3x.. eventually the lens was replaced because it was a bad apple. That isn't to scare you but to inform -- I've also bought other used lenses and they were super sharp out of the gate.

This should be a super lens for WDW due to the range and the lightness..
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The price has gone up since and back to US$396.95 at B&H.
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