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HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm f/4-5.8 ED WR Lens
 
4.5

(based on 27 reviews)

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (20)
  • Durable (18)
  • Rugged (16)
  • Consistent output (15)
  • Easily interchangeable (15)

Cons

  • Slow focus (6)
  • Poor in low light (4)

Best Uses

  • Wildlife photos (19)
  • Landscape/scenery (17)
  • Sports/action (9)
  • Low light (3)
  • Macro photography (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (20), Semi-pro photographer (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (25)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Amazing on the Pentax K-3

This lens is simply amazing on the Pentax K-3, and a runaway bargain. I have just upgraded from the older non-HD DA 55-300mm and a Pentax K-5. What a difference!...Read complete review

This lens is simply amazing on the Pentax K-3, and a runaway bargain. I have just upgraded from the older non-HD DA 55-300mm and a Pentax K-5. What a difference! In most cases, the focus locks almost instantly, with very little hunting compared to my old combo, and dead on target. The color and contrast are even better too. I am shooting all the way from 55 to 300mm with remarkable results. Yes, compared to my primes, the borders and edges are a little less sharp, but used right, this lens can produce great results on the K-3. Lightweight but solidly built, easy to focus on manual or auto, very sharp at f/8, with great color and contrast too. Strongly recommended as a walk-around lens you can easily hand hold for shots of just about everything.

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Very Loud

I purchased this lens to take photos of my daughters in the marching band and at concerts. When I first put it on the camera and tried it it was very loud. The Pentax...Read complete review

I purchased this lens to take photos of my daughters in the marching band and at concerts. When I first put it on the camera and tried it it was very loud. The Pentax K500 I purchased the lens for makes a noise taking photos so this would just add to it. No way would I be able to use this in a concert setting. I returned it and purchased another lens.

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5.0

Excellent Performance and Value

By Loomis Foto Guy

from Loomis, California

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Lightweight
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Rugged
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm f/4-5.8 ED WR Lens:

    I purchased this lens to go with my new K3. I needed a telephoto to photograph a Porsche on a race course and the reviews were positive so I decided to buy it.
    After just using it I am very excited about it's performance. It focused quickly on the fast moving Porsche and the sharpness and color produced was excellent. I firmly believe it is an outstanding value.

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    5.0

    Lens Review

    By standalowen

    from Tuscola,Il.

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm f/4-5.8 ED WR Lens:

      B&H is just slightly better than the Pentax HD 55-300mm consumer lens.This by far the best store/consumer zoom around anywhere.Got it with a very varied list of items.My problem was removing from my cart.Maybe in the future. Thanks.

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      5.0

      Great All Around Lens

      By Trenton

      from San Francisco

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Lightweight
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm f/4-5.8 ED WR Lens:

        Just a great all around lens to compliment the camera.

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        4.0

        great lens

        By none

        from San Rafael CA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Sports/Action
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm f/4-5.8 ED WR Lens:

          really fast focus, covers lot of range in a small lightweight lens amazing.

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          5.0

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

          By Graham

          from Tucson, AZ.

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Rugged
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm f/4-5.8 ED WR Lens:

            A great weather resistant lens from Pentax. Not a $1,000 lens but perfect for the amateur photographer. B&H maintained their usual high standard and had the best price, free shipping and quality control.

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            4.0

            fairly impressed

            By BlamBlam

            from VA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm f/4-5.8 ED WR Lens:

                  It's a little soft on the both ends of the zoom range but around 250mm it is as sharp as I could've hoped for. AF is a bit dodgy compared to the 18-135 but still serviceable. I am really happy with this lens having paid $. It should serve me well while out hiking. No lens creeep.

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                  4.0

                  Good lens for the price

                  By George K-50

                  from Reinholds, PA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                  Pros

                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                  Cons

                  • Poor in Low Light

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm f/4-5.8 ED WR Lens:

                  I'm very pleased with this lens, for the price. Ideally it'd have a lower f-value and closer focusing, but it does pretty well. I've been using it for general outdoor use, but also some macro-like shots of store merchandise (although from several feet away). I really like its water resistance for use with my K-50.

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                  5.0

                  Interesting Lens

                  By JJ

                  from Pittsburgh, PA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Lightweight
                  • Rugged
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Macro Photography
                    • Night Photography
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm f/4-5.8 ED WR Lens:

                    First use of this lens was photographing flies. Works well, blowing out the background and providing just enough DOF to present flies and other tackle.Looking forward to portraits with this lens.

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                    2.0

                    Very Loud

                    By Rookie Photographer

                    from Marietta, GA

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easily Interchangeable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm f/4-5.8 ED WR Lens:

                        I purchased this lens to take photos of my daughters in the marching band and at concerts. When I first put it on the camera and tried it it was very loud. The Pentax K500 I purchased the lens for makes a noise taking photos so this would just add to it. No way would I be able to use this in a concert setting. I returned it and purchased another lens.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        The best in its price range

                        By Agalliac

                        from Brazil

                        Comments about HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm f/4-5.8 ED WR Lens:

                        First of all the only one with weather sealing in its class. Nice for Nature, Birding,portraiture. It's a beautiful piece and works fine mounted on K-3. The autofocus is fast and precise.I find it very sharp from 100 to 200mm when usuing F8 and got a beautiful bouquet . This lens is a good companion for my DA*50-135 .

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                        5.0

                        Very nice optics at a fair price.

                        By rp2s

                        from Pittsburgh, PA

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Durable
                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Nice Bokeh
                        • Rugged
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm f/4-5.8 ED WR Lens:

                            Very smooth zoom action. No creep. Fully weather sealed. Solid build quality with metal mount. Nice, crisp images. All this in a compact unit. This is fast becoming my go to lens with its excellent bokeh and depth-of-field view.

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                            4.0

                            Quality lens

                            By Squidfan

                            from Washington, DC area

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Lightweight
                            • Nice Bokeh
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                            • Slow Focus

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Wildlife Photos

                            Comments about HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm f/4-5.8 ED WR Lens:

                            I should say I've only been using this lens for a couple of weeks, but so far it's been very responsive, produces clear, crisp shots, and has a pretty decent auto focus (though that auto function is, as others have said, somewhat slow and noisy). It's also, while heavy, lightweight for its size and not at all hard to use handheld for nature shots.

                            At the risk of sounding stupid, I'll add that at first I didn't understand why sometimes the lens wouldn't "retract/unzoom" fully to its 55 (84.5mm) shape but seemed to still be partly extended; then I realized that with the focus ring near the front, the focus ring itself sometimes needs to be moved in order for the lens to become completely compact.

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                            5.0

                            Does everything

                            By Kate in the Mountains

                            from Salmon, Idaho

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Durable
                            • Easily Interchangeable
                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                            • Lightweight
                            • Nice Bokeh
                            • Rugged
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Macro Photography
                              • Night Photography
                              • Wildlife Photos

                              Comments about HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm f/4-5.8 ED WR Lens:

                              If you carry only one lens this is a great choice. The 55 for the landscape; the 300 to bring the distant peaks close. As a macro it will capture the hairs on a bee's knees. Crisp focus. A pleasure to use. For those who don't run indoors the instant it begins to rain or snow the WR sealing makes it easy to keep working. I like it as much as or more than the 50-200mm I was using previously on my K-5.

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                              5.0

                              Great Lens

                              By Gregs

                              from Hayward, CA

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                              Pros

                              • Rugged
                              • Strong Construction

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Wildlife Photos

                                Comments about HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm f/4-5.8 ED WR Lens:

                                I upgraded to the K-3 Camera and also upgraded this lens, its weather resistant construction is a big advantage

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                                4.0

                                Great Lens!

                                By MS

                                from Jacksonville, Fl

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                Pros

                                • Consistent Output
                                • Contrast
                                • ED Glass
                                • Lightweight
                                • Nice Bokeh
                                • Rugged
                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                • Slow Focus

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Sports/Action
                                • Wildlife Photos

                                Comments about HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm f/4-5.8 ED WR Lens:

                                This lens has performed as well as I expected, and is a welcome keeper to my new collection of WR lenses. I just used it for a couple thousand photos at Sun n' Fun 2014 and captured very clear, and dynamic shots of fast jets and static aircraft. No CA, vignetting, or distortion was present. Detail, focus, contrast, and color reproduction are all top notch. The only negative comment and it is a Pentax design comment is the long screw drive that sometimes causes major hunting for long zoom focus.

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                                5.0

                                Should buy if you want great close ups

                                By Manguitom

                                from Argentina

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Easily Interchangeable
                                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Wildlife Photos

                                  Comments about HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm f/4-5.8 ED WR Lens:

                                  Great lenses, got my Pentax revived, I couldn't take photos of wildlife with the 18-55mm bundled with my K7, and now I can take great close ups!, takes some time to get used to hold the camera still at max...

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                                  4.0

                                  A joy to use with Pentax K3

                                  By DaveF

                                  from Harpers Ferry, WV

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                  Pros

                                  • Consistent Output
                                  • Rugged
                                  • Strong Construction

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Sports/Action
                                    • Wildlife Photos

                                    Comments about HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm f/4-5.8 ED WR Lens:

                                    This lens is surprisingly sharp even at open apertures and even at 300mm. While not very fast, it is a highly versatile addition to standard lenses, opening up so many options for compositions that just aren't available at shorter lengths. The build is solid and allows for a satisfying grasp of the camera. Color and contrast are really fine, and no significant vignetting. Only real gripe is the screw drive, yet even here, the savings in cost, weight and the speed of focus may well be justified. Manual pre-focus will reduce the amount of noise where that is a factor. It is a superb outdoor lens and for special applications with a little bit higher ISO, useful inside also.

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                                    4.0

                                    A great value for the money.

                                    By Boo

                                    from Toronto, Canada

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                    Pros

                                    • Consistent Output
                                    • Durable
                                    • Easily Interchangeable
                                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Strong Construction

                                    Cons

                                    • No Built In Focusing Moto
                                    • No Built-in Focus Motor
                                    • Poor in Low Light

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Sports/Action
                                    • Wildlife Photos

                                    Comments about HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm f/4-5.8 ED WR Lens:

                                    I got it for sports, Airshows and wildlife phtography. I like its "WR" designation and got it to supplement a PENTAX FA 100-300 zoom which was larger and longer than this lens when it was compacted to the shortest focal length. So it is easier to carry in a smaller gadget bag. It is also sharper at its maximum focal length than my PENTAX 18-270 zoom. I do wish it had a "DC" or "SDM" motor in it as the camera motor startles shy animals.

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                                    5.0

                                    Weather-resistant with that extra reach

                                    By Harm

                                    from Omaha, NE

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                    Pros

                                    • Consistent Output
                                    • Durable
                                    • Easily Interchangeable
                                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                    • Rugged
                                    • Strong Construction

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Indoors/Low Light
                                      • Landscape/Scenery
                                      • Sports/Action
                                      • Wildlife Photos

                                      Comments about HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm f/4-5.8 ED WR Lens:

                                      I've been waiting for this lens in WR and I'm glad I did. It's got a good solid feel to it, is durable with tight tubes, and has excellent focus throughout the focal range. Focusing is quick and sharp, but is definitely audible. It's no where near as loud as the DA 50mm f/1.8 though. This lens does have some weight, but not to the extent that you're unable to hand hold at 300mm. Actually feels more like it helps balance the K-3 nicely.

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                                      5.0

                                      Nice Zoom Range

                                      By psandeepdwh

                                      from Norristown, PA

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                      Pros

                                      • Durable
                                      • Rugged
                                      • Strong Construction

                                      Cons

                                      • Lens Creep
                                      • Weak Casing

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Macro Photography
                                      • Weddings/Events
                                      • Wildlife Photos

                                      Comments about HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm f/4-5.8 ED WR Lens:

                                      This is my 2nd Pentax WR Lens and I use it along with 18-135mm WR. Nice Quality but bit noisy. I can't afford more than this, so I have to bear with that noise.

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