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|Weight||1.03 lb (466 g)|
|Filter Thread||Front:58 mm|
|Dimensions (DxL)||Approx. 2.80 x 4.39" (71 x 111.5 mm)|
|Format Compatibility||Pentax Digital (APS-C)|
|Angle of View||29° - 5.4°|
|Minimum Focus Distance||4.59' (1.4 m)|
|Focal Length||55 - 300mm
Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 84.5 - 460 mm
|Aperture||Maximum: f/4 - 5.8
Minimum: f/22 - 32
|Camera Mount Type||Pentax K|
The HD 55-300 WR is one of the most long-awaited lenses in the K-mount arsenal, answering the cries for a weather sealed version of the highly popular zoom. In just the short time it took for the lens to reach the hands of our shooters until the publication of this review, we've already amassed a...
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...
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...
This 5.5x zoom lens provides an angle of view equivalent to an 84.5-460mm telephoto lens on a 35mm format camera, when mounted on a Pentax Digital SLR. It sports the latest HD lens coatings that promise to help suppress flare and improve light transmission.
Bought this lens to upgrade from my DA-L 55-300mm which I have used a lot. Have not had the chance to use this lens much yet, but so far I feel like the IQ is slightly better than the DA-L and a tad sharper. Now, I have no worries about weather with this lens and my K-50. Very happy so far.
Poor in Low Light
My other Pentax 55-300mm lens bit the dust when it hit the deck at the marina.The WR was my replacement choice to go on my K20D because I'm often out on or near salt water, rain and wind.So far it's proved to be bit sharper than my previous lens, and passed the salt water test after being doused by...
Consistent Output, Durable, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
Bottom line: 55mm-100mm -- below average; 100-200mm -- average; 200-300mm - above average Optically this lens is probably a complete copy of the previous version, at least subjectively the pictures look exactly the same and it has the same weaknesses and strengths.