Pentax 55-300mm w/ K-70 zoom camera lens review
Got one of the newer versions and it performs quite nicely on the K-1 – it gets very blurry towards the edges though.
Thanks for the review! I just bought a new Pentax KP and am buying this lens next week!! I am very excited and will probably be asking you some questions in the near future. I do have a question though: What do you think the best Zeiss and Vogtlander lenses are? Hubby is getting the Nikon D850 in a few months and will need some Prime lenses to go with it.
Thanks so much!!!
Good light small cheap telephoto zoom lens.. until you try to use it through live-view AF 🙂 Anyway I like it..
Yours is the DA-L 55-300.
I had originally got the DA L version of this lens with my K-x in 2009. It was a decent lens when I got it, but nothing to brag about. When I got my K-S2 I used the AF fine tune setting on the camera, and it was like a new lens. Now I use it with my K-1, and even though it’s an APS-C lens it again has proven to be a better lens than I thought. It does show some vignetting in Full Frame mode at 300mm, but nothing that is a deal breaker for a budget lens on the K-1.
I had the successor to this lens for a couple of years – the red band weather resistant version and thought that it was a brilliant piece of glass when used on my K-3 or K-3 II. However, as usual, the screw-drive focussing was very slow and noisy so when I heard about the new PLM (Pulsed Linear Motor) version I thought I’d try it. I was blown away with the focusing speed and accuracy in the shop so I part exchanged my old one for the new one and I’m glad I did. Sharpness is certainly as good, if not slightly better than the older version with colour aberation handling absolutely better. Contrast doesn’t seem to be quite as good but it’s marginal. For me, the downside to it is that Pentax in their ‘wisdom’ decided to reduce the length of the lens but in doing so they’ve had to use a dual tube mechanism for zooming which makes zoom control less smooth. For many Pentaxians though, this lens would not be good since because of the electronic aperture control – no dedicated lever – the PLM version can only be used on new models. It does work on both my cameras with the very latest firmware, so any potential buyers would need to check compatibility with their camera. All that aside, I’m very pleased with the overall performance of this new version and would definitely recommend it.