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Old Dec 18, 2006, 8:16 PM   #1
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As the title says, what's the difference between these two lenses? I'm looking for a longer, faster prime and the 300 f/4 seems reasonable. However, I also see a 300* f/4 and wonder what premium (if any) I should pay. Are the star lenses limited editions like Pentax is currently offering?

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Old Dec 18, 2006, 8:25 PM   #2
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Star lens is better than limited lens. It is ithe top of the line for Pentax lens. They usually cost quite a lot more than non-star lens because of the higher optical quality and build quality.
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Old Dec 18, 2006, 9:18 PM   #3
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Are the star lenses limited editions like Pentax is currently offering?

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but i'll bet you will not see the difference.

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Old Dec 18, 2006, 10:13 PM   #4
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Well, I'll find out about the non-star version in a couple of days. I just pulled the trigger on a SMC-M 300mm f/4.0 rated EX. I should have it in time for Christmas. Now, I just need to figure out how to get it into the Houston Rodeo in February. It should work great in the dim lighting there.

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From looking in my Pentax lens book the most obvious difference is that the * lens is a newer design that is much smaller than the older 300mm lens.



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Hi Russ,

Another difference, and it may just be wives' tales that make legends, as I don't know this first hand, but it's been said that the * class lenses were hand-assembled with hand-matched parts by elite technicians. . . I'm inclined to believe it as I've never heard of an even mediocre sample, but I can't offer any real proof.

I have to wonder if the new DA* lenses will follow in that tradition -- we can only hope. . .

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Old Dec 19, 2006, 9:18 AM   #7
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From looking in my Pentax lens book the most obvious difference is that the * lens is a newer design that is much smaller than the older 300mm lens.


Yeah, I did notice that. It looks like the M is around 1kg! I guess I'll need to work out some more to be able to heft all that glass and metal.

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The weight of old glass lenses is one of the reasons I allways use a monpod.
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