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Pentax - SMC-P DA -L 55-300/4-5.8 ED Telephoto Zoom Lens For Digital SLRs (58mm)

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  • Pentax Imaging 21720 smc P DA 55-300mm f/4-5.8 ED
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Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B004GF06P4
  • Item model number: 21720
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: December 15, 2010

Product Description

General Information
Manufacturer: PENTAX Imaging Company
Manufacturer Part Number: 21720
Manufacturer Website Address: www.pentaximaging.com
Brand Name: Pentax
Product Line: smc
Product Series: P-DA
Product Name: smc P-DA 55-300mm F4-5.8 ED Auto Focus Telephoto Zoom Lens
Marketing Information: 

The versatile DA 55-300mm ED zoom lens offers an extreme telephoto zoom range, perfect for those moderate to long shots. ED elements compensate for chromatic aberration, while the PENTAX SP coating which protects the exposed lens elements.


Product Type: Lens
Technical Information
Lens Type: Telephoto Zoom
Minimum Focal Length: 55 mm
Maximum Focal Length: 300 mm
Magnification: 0.28x
Maximum Aperture Wide: 4
Maximum Aperture Tele: 5.8
Filter Attachment Diameter: 58 mm
Lens Construction: 12 Elements in 8 Groups
Physical Characteristics
Depth: 4.4"
Diameter: 2.8"
Weight (Approximate): 15.50 oz
Miscellaneous
Application/Usage: Camera
Package Contents: 
  • smc P-DA 55-300mm F4-5.8 ED Auto Focus Telephoto Zoom Lens
  • Lens Hood PH-RBG 58mm
  • Lens Cap O-LC58
  • Rear Lens Cap B
  • Lens Soft Case S80-160

  • Compatibility: PENTAX Digital SLR Cameras


    Customer Questions & Answers

    Customer Reviews

    First off, I am very impressed with the quality of picture with this lens.
    Nu Tran
    I am not a professional photographer but I am capable of recognizing good glass when I see it and this lens is good glass.
    Scott Akerman
    It is rather noisy when focusing, and sounds a little bit like an electric drill.
    Marktwain10

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews

    21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Adrian on May 15, 2011
    I decided to buy this lens (second hand) after reading reviews from a series of reviews from the Pentax f.o.r.u.m.s., which rated the lens highly.

    The lens is all plastic, which accounts for it's DA L status. It's by and large solid in feel, though when fully extended, I found the extended barrel seems to wobble slightly. Otherwise, the zoom and focus rings rotate smoothly, and there is no zoom creep. Despite the size of the zoom, it did not feel especially heavy.

    In use, all the good things I read about were true.

    The zoom range is really good. I have used many superzoom P & S cameras, but never had a 450mm (35mm format) lens for a DSLR/SLR, 450mm really allows you to close in on many things you'd never think of taking photos of with a normal 28-110mm type lens, or even the 18-200mm Tamron I used to have. And, being a slr lens, it gives you many features that you look for in a slr lens, such a great bokeh, and very sharp images. Sure, I can't do true macro, but I can do pseudo macro, and because the photos are sharp, you can crop too.

    I was glad to see the reviews I read about sharpness were not exagerrated. In good light, or even overcast, you really do get very good photos. I am not so serious that I take diagonal measurements to look for parallel errors, or CA, or teeny wenny itsy bitsy amounts of purple fringing.

    What I was very pleasantly pleased to discover however, was that bokeh was excellent, and I was able to get a thinner area of focus than I expected for such a lens.

    All in all, I found it to be very useful, and want to couple it with my sigma 30mm f1.4 prime. I look forward to travelling in the near future and trying to use it as my day lens, just to give it a real workout.

    A good lens at a decent price.
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    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By ORLANDO RAMIREZ E on June 18, 2011
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    I'm not a professional but have had some photographic experience. The lens is very versatile and fast, two characteristics I was requiring. In auto-focus, it proves very well, even on moving objects. The picture quality is what makes me give up a star. Though still learning to use both the camera and the lense, it lacks this brilliancy that I would like.
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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By 16Roses on January 7, 2013
    I love this lens and have taken many great pictures with it on my K-r. I've diddled around quite a bit with lenses over the past year or so since I bought my new camera - some have been bought and sold again because they weren't up to snuff. But not this one - the DA-L 55-300mm is a keeper, in part because its "keeper rate" (the number of pictures that I keep instead of deleting) is so high. I use it mostly for my kids sporting events and also for wildlife photography. Many zooms have problems with sharpness at wider apertures and longer focal lengths, but here the Pentax shines. Even at 300mm with the aperture wide open, images appear nearly tack sharp. What's more, the subject isolation and bokeh wide open are excellent for a long range zoom. In fact, if you want my dumbed-down rule of thumb recommendation for the easiest way to use this lens, I'd say keep the camera in sport mode most of the time (assuming you are outdoors). Putting the camera in sport mode will do 2 things: First, it will choose a higher shutter speed (always a good idea with big zooms) and second, it will choose a wider aperture (which will give you that nice bokeh effect where the subject is in focus but the background is blurred). It's pretty safe to choose sport mode even for outdoor portraits when your subject is standing still - you'll get good subject isolation and bokeh without the image going soft because this is a pretty sharp lens. Focus speed and accuracy are good and here again is another reason why you may want to use sport mode - sport mode changes the camera from Single to Continuous focus; when you hold the shutter release button half-way down it will track the subject as it moves and continuously adjust the focus.Read more ›
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    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By pentaxtic on May 14, 2011
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    bought the sigma 55-200mm but was a lil unhappy w/ the results. its a good lens but my 18-55mm pentax lens was beating it w/ sharpness n contrast so i returned it. then i saw this 55-300mm. i thought ya why not go further n get more range. turned out to be a very good decision. im a happy camper. w/ some skilled hands you can handheld this @300mm. im able to handheld this even at 300mm no problem. sharp results. just wish a lens hood comes w/ it so its only a 4 stars. take it to the zoo and w/ the right camera settings you can get amazing shots. this lens is for good lighting only. might wanna get a different for those low light situations. GET IT n you wont be disappointed.
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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stacie L. Helsing on November 23, 2012
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    Takes fine images, but the focus mechanism is so loud you'd scare anything resembling wildlife away. It is a great value for sure, but too loud for my tastes.
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    6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. M. Bauer on May 5, 2011
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    My children are involved in sports and music, and I needed a lens to capture them in action. This lens fits my needs. I've taken more photos in the past 3 weeks with this lens than I have in years. I love it. I'm so glad I didn't settle for the 200mm and just jumped to the 300.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Vogt on December 25, 2011
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    I have used the DA L 55-300 on both the K-r and the K-5 and found it gave decently sharp photos on both DSLRs and does a pretty good job at maintaining sharpness up to and including 300mm. Being a low-end lens it doesn't have a built-in motor, but as far as I can see, the only negative to that is the loud noise it makes when it focuses. Build quality is pretty good, considering its mostly plastic. It's not the fastest or brightest lens on the market, but consider its price, optical quality, and build quality, it makes a nice budget zoom lens. Highly reccomended!
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