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Pentax DA HD 55-300mm f/4-5.8 ED WR : Specifications and Opinions


Pentax DA HD 55-300mm f/4-5.8 ED WR

The Pentax DA HD 55-300mm f/4-5.8 ED WR is a tele lens for APS-C, manufactured from 2013 to 2016 (discontinued). The focus is done by In-camera AF motor, the image stabilization is done by the camera.. The average price, when it has been added to the JuzaPhoto database, is 425 €;
17 users have given it an average vote of 9.1 out of 10.


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This lens is available with the following mounts:

Pentax: this lens is compatible with reflex APS-C Pentax.



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 Specifications
 Focal lenght   55-300 mm
 Angle of view   29.3 - 5.5°  (equivalent to a 83-450mm in Fullframe 24x36mm format)
 Format   APS-C
 Max. aperture   f/4.0-5.8
 Aperture blades   6
 Lenses/Groups   12 elements in 8 groups
 Min. focus distance   1.40 meters
 Reproduction ratio   0.28x

 Features
 Zoom type   Ring, external
 Stabilization   No, but most cameras of this brand have built-in stabilization
 Focus   In-camera AF motor
 Internal AF   No
 Full Time MF   Yes

 Built and notes
 Tripod ring   No
 Extenders   No
 Filters   58 mm
 Lens hood   Yes, supplied
 Weather sealing   Yes
 Weight   466 g
 Dimensions   71 x 112 mm
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avatarjunior
sent on August 09, 2020

Pros: tactile sensations and apparently the build quality, starting with true tropicalization. It reproduces colors faithfully and is luminously efficient. Even at 300 mm. doesn't get any worse in a disturbing way.

Cons: It doesn't focus on moving subjects, at all the focal points, which is really disturbing. Autofocus system "antidiluviano" that I fear affects not a little on the quality of photos of moving subjects. UPDATE: After careful testing with various bodies, we found that it was the machine on which it was mounted that had a blatant problem with the focus of moving subjects. Mounted on pentax k3 II the telephoto has done its duty by proving to be efficient beyond reasonable expectation.

Opinion: It fails to focus a medium-sized aircraft (type A321) at less than 35 meters. I've tried them all, really. I give up and change optics (or send it in service). Out of 100 photos you save 10 and you also have to work a lot in post production. An optics that seems allergic to everything that moves in front of you. I'm really disappointed at the moment. UPDATE: It was the machine on which it was mounted that had a self-staring problem. This pentax optics at the end, with all its objective limitations, proves discreet, on the whole.

avatarjunior
sent on April 11, 2019

Pros: Materials and tropicalization

Cons: It loses a little bit of sharpness at full opening.

Opinion: I come from three years of Fuji brand and as tele I had a 55-200 f/3.5 that had accustomed me very well in terms of handling. This lens is not exactly up to the Fujinon tele, but the sharpness is great at diaphragm not too open; at the opening it loses a little, but for its price it is absolutely acceptable. Those who read this judgment must consider a fair level of incompetence on the part of the writer and the fact that this objective is not suitable for the type of photograph for which it was mistakenly purchased (street).

avatarjunior
sent on December 27, 2018

Pros: Build quality, optical quality, overall dimensions, weight, tropicalization

Cons: Autofocus Noise and speed

Opinion: I've been using it for about a year. It is a slow new that now costs less than 300 euros and it is worth all. It has a solid and compact structure. The zoom ring is wide and very solid, it does not present the slightest problem of the elongation when it is carried to the shoulder. The focus ring is sufficiently damped to be usable even at a free hand thanks to an excursion of about 180 degrees. The presence of Quickshift focus allows automatic switching from manual focus to autofocus and is very convenient. It is a whisk focus so noisy and not particularly quick. The optical quality, compared to the price of the lens, is very good. The sharpness remains on high values up to 260mm and already from the maximum opening. Closing a stop improves the edges and the center always remains good. At 90mm It's still F/4, which makes it also good as a portrait lens. Up to 190mm is f/4.5 so it's not oxen as it seems. Compared to 70mm with the 17-70 does not disfigure. In fact, it has less chromatic aberration and a slightly higher end detail. Compared to 90mm with a macro loses in fine detail and edges but we're not talking about a fair comparison:). It remains a very valid lens I recommend it to anyone looking for a compact, sturdy, tropicalized zoom lens with good optical quality and affordable price.

avatarsenior
sent on July 11, 2018

Pros: Excellent construction. Size and weight in relation to focal hike and construction. Optical quality between 75 and 220mm. Held against the light. Price.

Cons: Autofocus speed. Yield over 250mm.

Opinion: The HD 55-300 is a great goal, certainly comfortable traveling, in the mountains or when it is useful to have a large amount of foci carrying a limited weight and footprint, but without having to give up too much quality. The lens is in fact sharp, contrasty and with bright colors. The yield is excellent, with very few aberrations (and only in limit conditions) and a strong resistance to flare (almost non-existent). The yield does not vary much from the minimum distance of focus to long distances, remaining always much more than good, often excellent. The shorter focal lengths, under the 75mm, lose a quality nap, recoverable by closing a stop. The longest focal lengths, above 250mm but above all around 300mm, give a few more problems and to have a high quality you have to think of closing even a couple of stops. The intermediate focal lengths, from 75 to 220, are remarkable, above all around 100-150mm, focal point where the lens is clearly the best, even at full aperture. The construction is excellent, the lens really resists everything. The only real downside is the autofocus speed, really pachydermic (at least on K-5).

avatarjunior
sent on March 15, 2015

Pros: Materials, focal employed, tropical conditions.

Cons: Dark at high intermediate distances 150 / 200mm, f you lose a little to 300mm and is slow

Opinion: Good very versatile lens, has a great detail to detail, especially at the edges of objects. The colors are natural and right color contrast. K30 with the white balance I had to manually set it automatically because the result has been a point of blue too, both outside and inside. A bit dark at some focal but within the limits for the type of goal. Great value for money and because tropical conditions. Recommended. Compared with a faj75-300 a whole other thing, especially in 'cromaticha aberration in HD quai are absent

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