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Pentax smc DA 55-300 mm f/4.0-5.8 ED

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Manufacturer Pentax
Model smc DA 55-300 mm f/4.0-5.8 ED
Lens style Telephoto zoom
Focal length 55 - 300 mm
Maximum aperture f/4 - 5.8
Angle of view 29 - 5.4 o
Closest focusing distance 1.4 m
Maximum magnification 1:3.6
Minimum aperture 22
Number of diaphragm blades 6
Auto focus type AF
Lens Construction 12 elements / 8 groups
Filter diameter 58 mm
Macro No
Available mounts Pentax K
Dimensions 71 x 111.5 mm
Weight 440 g
Additional information Anounced: Jan 2008
Average rating (3 owners reviews)
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Owners reviews (3)
  1. joe
    joe 7 August 2019, 15:19
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    IP 79.228.x.x
    Owner since: 3 months
    Price: 100
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: none

    Pros: excelllent tele zoom wth ED lens 300 mm most of zoom lenses at low costs are not so good performers, but not this lens. very sharp 300 photos ! ++ excellent correction of CA\'s

    Summary: an excellent tele zoom

  2. snap
    snap 28 February 2012, 18:31
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    IP 78.212.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    Price: 230$
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Focus ring not hard enough Not very fast

    Pros: Very good sharpness, contrast and colours even to 300mm for a zoom of it's price

    Summary: Best price / quality / weight for value

  3. Graham Dyke
    Graham Dyke 7 April 2010, 14:37
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    IP 195.212.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    Price: £210
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: The manual focus ring does not have enough resistance. Image quality can be variable from lens to lens. The lens hood bayonet action could be better.

    Pros: Good general image quality for the price. Good colour. Good contrast. Full time manual focus override. Smooth, well damped zoom action. No zoom creep. Metal bayonet. That extra 15mm on the wide end is more usefull than you think. Great price.

    Summary: This is the only Pentax lens I have owned that I decided to keep (17-70/12-24/55-300). It really is a great lens to £210. The extra 15mm on the wide end is very usefull and stops you from having to swap lenses so often. Although the quality does vary from lens to lens. If you get a below par one make sure you send it back to Pentax and punnish them for poor Quality Control. Once corrected you will be very happy.

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