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HD-DA 55-300 WR's (new) - $146.95 at B&H
Posted By: disasterfilm, 03-01-2018, 08:58 AM

This is $250 below their normal price. This is beyond plausibly cheap for a really fantastic budget zoom lens.

Though I don't need one, I'm having a hard time not buying.

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QuoteOriginally posted by disasterfilm Quote
This is $250 below their normal price. This is beyond plausibly cheap for a really fantastic budget zoom lens.

Though I don't need one, I'm having a hard time not buying.

Pentax HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm f/4-5.8 ED WR Lens 22270 B&H Photo
I'm willing to bet this is a typo, but if not, then it's a crazy good price for what you get!

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I'm willing to bet this is a typo, but if not, then it's a crazy good price for what you get!
I'll be sure to update the thread if/when mine ships.

I ended up buying their Used/8+ condition copy. Since their used pricing is a percentage takeoff of the new price, if it works it'll be coming home for $100+coffee+shipping.
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Not a typo! I just purchased one.

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amazon is matching the price

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FP6BAA8?tag=amz-mkt-edg-us-20&ascsubtag=1ba00-0...bit_pcomp_sav0

if you chose amazon, consider amazon smile

amazon.com: amazon smile?tag=pentaxforums-20&
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At 55% off the recent average price and $120 below the previous low price, this is an absolute steal!

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03-01-2018, 10:29 AM   #7
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for those interested

here is the forum's in depth review

HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm F4-5.8 ED WR Review - Introduction | PentaxForums.com Reviews

Pros
Weather Sealed
Excellent second lens for beginners, particularly with either 18-55 WR or 18-135 WR
Good overall image quality, with excellent image quality and sharpness at F8
Maintains relatively fast F4-4.5 aperture until 210mm
Convenient and practical zoom range
Great value
Quick-Shift manual focus override
Relatively compact and very light makes it very easy to hold and walk around with
Attractive round highlight bokeh in the center at wide apertures
Excellent magnification throughout zoom and focus range, particularly at longer focal lengths
Very large focus throw makes for excellent manual focus accuracy
Included hood is very compact, and features circular polarizer access window
Allows psuedo-macro reproduction of 1:3.5 at max zoom and minimum focus distance
Able to take full advantage of the K-5 IIs' resolution (16mpx AA-filterless sensor)
Excellent build quality with tighter tolerances and perceived elimination of any lens wobble
Low distortion and minimal vignetting
New HD coating enhances micro-contrast

Cons
Screw-driven autofocus not updated to DC motor
Very large focus throw makes it prone to hunting and 'near misses' in AF mode
Corners are extremely soft and lacking in contrast
Highlight bokeh becomes straight-edged very quickly
Point bursts (starbursts) are very unattractive until closed down beyond F22
Very soft at wider apertures compared to the DA* 60-250, especially on Pentax K-3
Out-resolved by the resolution of the K-3's 24-megapixel AA-filter-less sensor
New HD coating provides very minor/negligible reduction in flare or chromatic aberrations


Read more at: HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm F4-5.8 ED WR Review - Conclusion | PentaxForums.com Reviews
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Same price at Amazon. Is this an older model?
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QuoteOriginally posted by DMITRY1 Quote
Same lens, but the price has gone up on Amazon. Still crazy cheap at B&H. This won't last!

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QuoteOriginally posted by DMITRY1 Quote
yes, it is an older model

there are 4 models

DA L 55 -300
https://www.pentaxforums.com/lensreviews/SMC-Pentax-DAL-55-300mm-F4-5.8-Zoom-Lens.html

DA 55 - 300

https://www.pentaxforums.com/reviews/pentax-da-55-300mm/introduction.html?src=lrdb

DA 55 -300 wr
https://www.pentaxforums.com/reviews/hd-pentax-da-55-300mm/introduction.html?src=lrdb

HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm F4.5-6.3 ED PLM WR RE

HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm F4.5-6.3 PLM WR RE Review - Introduction | PentaxForums.com Reviews

Warning the newest model PLM does not work with all Pentax camera bodies
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I just bought one. The new glasses can wait a week. I'm not completely blind yet...
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QuoteOriginally posted by Adam Quote
At 55% off the recent average price and $120 below the previous low price, this is an absolute steal!
I already have one of these. I don't need any more - my next one will be the PLM variant. Maybe there are a lot of people acting like that.
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Well that puts my plan to sell the original SMC DA 55-300 in the Dumpster.
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I have a B&H ad on my Facebook page advertising the sale.

So it isn't a typo. It is legit.

The PLM version is also being advertised at $75 off so currently $371.95

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Thanks for this alert. I bought the last one at Amazon at that price -- it now showing higher priced ones from other vendors.
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