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Old May 7, 2008, 7:56 AM   #1
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Just ordered the DA 55-300-delivery is 2-3 weeks-anyone out there have one yet?
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Old May 7, 2008, 9:23 AM   #2
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There are a few threads on the different forums with pics from this lens. Verysharp with no PF at all. I was tempted to return my new Tamron 70-300, but decided that I need the DA10-17 more. I can live with the Tammy as long as I don't push it into the PF zone. Plus the 55-300 is about twice the price of the Tamron. If I didn't already have good results from the Tammy, the 55-300 would definitely be considered at the long end.
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I initially picked up the 50-200 along with the kit lens when I bought the K100D right after it came out. Then I picked up the Pentax 75-300 about 6 months ago. I would really like to see how the 55-300 compares to the 50-200 as I would like a single lens rather than multiple. If there is a favorable comparison, then I can ebay 2 and go with the single 55-300.

The 75-300 is not the best lens, but it serves a purpose. The 50-200 is much sharper than the 75-300 in its range, and I do really like the 50-200 a lot.

Maxwell - I hope you like your 10-17, as I really enjoy mine quite a bit. Its an entirely new outlook on things....

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I initially picked up the 50-200 along with the kit lens when I bought the K100D right after it came out. Then I picked up the Pentax 75-300 about 6 months ago. I would really like to see how the 55-300 compares to the 50-200 as I would like a single lens rather than multiple. If there is a favorable comparison, then I can ebay 2 and go with the single 55-300.

The 75-300 is not the best lens, but it serves a purpose. The 50-200 is much sharper than the 75-300 in its range, and I do really like the 50-200 a lot.

Maxwell - I hope you like your 10-17, as I really enjoy mine quite a bit. Its an entirely new outlook on things....
I also have the 50-200. Have taken some really great shots with it-will keep it-hope the 55-300 can perform as well. If it does, I will probably sellmy 16-45 which has been a disappointment.
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Old May 8, 2008, 8:44 AM   #5
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I have high hopes for this lens. Once yours arrives, please post yout thoughts. It seems it would be great for my vacation this year.
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Old May 9, 2008, 10:36 AM   #6
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If anyone is looking for this lens at a good price Berger Brothers Camera in New York is selling them for $349.99. Shipping in the USA shouldbe reasonable.

http://www.berger-bros.com/Merchant2...oduct_Count=27

They show out of stock online, but I saw 3 of them in the Amityville store last night. You'd have to call to get one. They are a reputable dealer that I have dealt with in the past. They also have some Pentax shooters on the sales staff, which is always a good thing. Nice shop to deal with...




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Old Jun 4, 2008, 6:56 PM   #7
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Hi DMJJR --

Have you received the lens yet? If so, I would be very much interested in your thoughts and impressions. I'm sure others would be as well. How sharp is it at 300 mm/ Does the front element ratate when focused? Please let us know what you think of the lens.
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Got the lens last week and either it has been raining or I have been at work. So far-build quality is the same as the DA 50-200. Focusing on my DS isn't that great-I would give it a 6. Focusing on my K10D is great-give it a 9. At my age and eyesight I had to use the shake reduction-this was shot from a window with the flowers about 50 feet away.I focused and leaned on the window sill. Just cropping and resizing for this site. Shot at ISO 400 in the program mode-shake reduction on. I have a cheesey monopod which I think I will have to use. When you are at 300mm (450) it is really difficult to hand hold. I would give it an overall rating of 8-my limited lenses are all 10's. The front element does not rotate. Hope this helps. Paid $349.00 for it-have no idea what other lenses you are considering or their price.
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Thanks very much DMJJR. Your thoughts and insights are very helpful. I will probably get this lens for my wife.
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Old Jun 5, 2008, 8:49 PM   #10
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Thanks very much DMJJR. Your thoughts and insights are very helpful. I will probably get this lens for my wife.
One more thing-I can have the DS with the DA 50-200 around my neck for extended shooting. The K10D and the 55-300are significantly heavier-I wouldnt want to do that for very long. Good luck.
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