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Pentax HD Pentax DA 55-300mm F4.0-5.8 ED WR APS-C Lens (2013)

MSRP 300 USDNeoscore 50%

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Product Overview

HD Pentax DA 55-300mm F4.0-5.8 ED WR is a super telephoto zoom lens for Pentax K-mount. It covers the APS-C image circle. Introduced by Pentax in 2013, it has 12 elements in 8 groups.
Like most zoom lenses, the HD Pentax DA 55-300mm F4.0-5.8 ED WR is externally-zooming. For incremental weathers, Pentax is kind enough to include weather sealing.
As a super telephoto zoom lens, the HD Pentax DA 55-300mm F4.0-5.8 ED WR can be quite useful for wild-life and landscape photography. Built-in image stabilization is almost a must-have at this focal range, but this lens curiously omits it. Those who like sunstars (sun bursts) will be pleased by the lens' even-numbered aperture count, though conversely those who find sunstars distracting may have the opposite feeling.

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What we found**

Neoscore: 50% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Weather-sealed
  • Great price for the price
Cons
  • Dark and variable maximum aperture
  • External zoom without zoom lock
  • Not the best from Pentax

Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Construction

Aperture Blades
6 blades
Colors
Black
Form Factor
Super Telephoto Zoom Lens
Image Size
APS-C
Lens Barrel
Distance scale
Lens Mount
Pentax K-mount
Motor
Screw drive from camera
Optical Formula | Elements
12 elements
Optical Formula | Groups
8 groups
Optical Formula | Special Glass
ED glass elements groups

Dimensions

Filter Diameter
58 mm / 2.28 in
Size | Diameter
71 mm / 2.80 in
Size | Length
112 mm / 4.41 in
Weight
466 g / 16.47 oz

Function

Angle Of View
29.4° Diagonal | 24.6° Horizontal | 16.6° Vertical (wide) ~ 5.5° Diagonal | 4.6° Horizontal | 3.1° Vertical (tele)
Aperture
f/4–5.8 ~ f/22–32
Autofocus
Yes
Crop Factor
1.5
Focal Length
55 mm ~ 300 mm
Focal Length (35mm Equivalent)
82.5 mm ~ 450.0 mm
Image Stabilization
No
Weather Resistance
Yes
Zoom Type
External zoom

Performance

Max Magnification
0.28x
Min Focus Distance
1400 mm / 55.12 in

Production

Accessory
Lens Hood: PH-RBI 58mm (supplied)
Debut
2013-10-07

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