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HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm f/4-5.8 ED WR Lens
 
4.4

(based on 19 reviews)

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88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (14)
  • Durable (12)
  • Rugged (11)
  • Consistent output (10)
  • Easily interchangeable (9)

Cons

  • Slow focus (6)
  • Poor in low light (3)

Best Uses

  • Wildlife photos (12)
  • Landscape/scenery (11)
  • Sports/action (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (14), Semi-pro photographer (3)
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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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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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      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

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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

          Verified Buyer

          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

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          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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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                    4.0

                    Nice lens

                    By Old Marine

                    from Wilmington, NC

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Rugged
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Slow Focus

                    Best Uses

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

                      I bought a Pentax K-3 and associated lenes simply because I don't like taking my Nikons out on a rainy day. This lens has already performed well in heavy rain. It has good optical quality and offers a great value for the money. If I had to say anything negative about it, it's that it's noisy (compared to my Nikkor lenses) and seems to take a full trip out and back in to autofocus. If you're shooting wildlife or sports, you might find it quicker to turn off autofocus and set manually.

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                      5.0

                      Great Value

                      By pete

                      from South /Windsor, CT

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                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Rugged
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Wildlife Photos

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

                      Sharp throughout zoom and smooth zoom operation. Excellent Build quality

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                      4.0

                      Adequate zoom telephoto lens.

                      By garyabq

                      from Albuquerque New Mexico

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Loud Autofocus
                      • Slow Focus

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Wildlife Photos

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

                      I gave this lens four-stars rather than the three I was tempted to give. I have to remind myself this is a $ lens and not a $ Canon L lens. Given that, the images are sharp and crisp once you get to around f8 to f11. At f5.6 the images are a bit soft. That said, I did not find any CA evident until I enlarged images in Photoshop CS6 to 100% - 200%. My main complaint with this lens is that autofocus is very slow and very LOUD. Sounds much like the extension of wing flaps on an old Boeing 727; no mistaking that mechanical grinding sound. But again, given the price point in comparison to "L" glass and the overall good image quality, I give this lens a qualified recommendation for owners of recent Pentax cameras (K5 series and up).

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                      4.0

                      Seems good

                      By The Rebel

                      from CT

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                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Rugged
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                      • Poor in Low Light
                      • Slow Focus

                      Best Uses

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

                        Seems pretty good. Others have commented it has no optical improvements over the previous incarnation but merely added weather sealing. The special coating may help improve something-I'm not sure. .......

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                        5.0

                        Pro grade budget zoom lens

                        By pd

                        from iowa

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                          Cons

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

                              This is the lens to get if you need longer reach but don't want to invest a lot of $$$. Though it is not a fast lens, coupled with K5's high ISO capability it will do decently in low light, and if coupled with K3's high resolution, it will provide even more reach (more room to crop). Build quality is decent, feels robust. The included lens pouch was nice surprise.

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                              5.0

                              Amazing on the Pentax K-3

                              By wgb

                              from Arcata, CA

                              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

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

                                  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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                                  4.0

                                  Light, sharp and water resistant

                                  By Newsimage

                                  from Indianapolis, IN

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Sharp lens
                                  • Water resistant

                                  Cons

                                  • Little Light On Construct
                                  • Poor in Low Light
                                  • Slow Focus

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Wildlife Photos

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

                                  55-300 gives the long reach that was missing from other water resistant lenses from Pentax. A great addition to the backpackers who want to experience nature, up close, but also cannot stay out of the weather.

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