55-300 or 50-200mm?


Tmondhallie

Link Posted 23/05/2011 - 23:06
How do the PENTAX 55-300MM DAL ED F4-5.8 LENS and PENTAX 50-200MM DA L ED F4-5.6 LENS compare?

There is obviously the extra reach but how do the optics etc compare?

Really want a cheap zoom and these seem to fit the bill.

I can get the 50-300mm for £200 and 50-200 for about £120. Is it worth the difference?

Any advice is much appreciated.
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Blythman

Link Posted 23/05/2011 - 23:07
Look on the RH side of the webpage for a review
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MarkD

Link Posted 23/05/2011 - 23:40
55-300, absolutely, hands down winner. No contest.
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davex

Link Posted 24/05/2011 - 08:12
wot MarkD said
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Mike-P

Link Posted 24/05/2011 - 08:33
55-300mm .. superb lens for the money. I have been using mine more and more lately and leaving the more expensive lenses home.



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fritzthedog

Link Posted 24/05/2011 - 08:33
davex wrote:
wot MarkD said

+1 - great lens

Carl
No matter how many lenses I have owned - I have always needed just one more

stub

Link Posted 24/05/2011 - 08:55
got to be 55 - 300....for me.
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simonkit

Link Posted 24/05/2011 - 09:46
A pattern is forming...without doubt the DA55-300, I found it quite a step forward in IQ from the DA50-200

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jules

Link Posted 24/05/2011 - 10:04
Hmmm the Mists of my LBA Crystal ball are stirring...
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xbow

Link Posted 24/05/2011 - 11:09
Given the reviews it gets and the low price tag it's a winner. Shame it's not been updated with it's own motor really, but then maybe it wouldn't be such a bargain ...

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johnwhit

Link Posted 24/05/2011 - 11:29
I wish Tamron would release the new AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 SP Di USD in Pentax fit

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Tmondhallie

Link Posted 24/05/2011 - 11:46
....Well it looks like my mind is made up. Have any of you had problems with the DA L opposed to DA lenses? I understand the differnces, just dont know if it is worth the extra money?
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Pentax DA 17-70mm f4 AL SDM
Pentax DA L 18-55mm

davex

Link Posted 24/05/2011 - 11:53
For me having the matching hood does make the difference, you can get a generic, but it isn`t the same.
Also, you may find the quickshift function on the DA a major benefit in some circumstances.
So for these two things alone I would spend the extra.
I also suspect but have no evidence that resale values for the DA may be comparatively higher.

Davex.
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fritzthedog

Link Posted 24/05/2011 - 12:50
Tmondhallie wrote:
....Well it looks like my mind is made up. Have any of you had problems with the DA L opposed to DA lenses? I understand the differnces, just dont know if it is worth the extra money?

If you know the differences then it really is only down to personal preference - is the hood, quick shift and metal mount worth the extra to you? IQ is the same and you can actually buy a 'copy' hood rather than a generic if you want one

For instance copy paste this in to ebay

Lens Hood For Pentax PH-RBG DA 55-300mm 58MM Camera NEW

Have to be honest and say I have never used the quick shift on mine and the only reason I do not have the L version is that SRS had an amazing offer on the 'full' version when I bought mine

Looks to me at the moment that you can get the DA L for around £180 and will pay around £290 for the DA - so DA L + a £10 hood would be my choice

Carl
No matter how many lenses I have owned - I have always needed just one more

davex

Link Posted 24/05/2011 - 18:10
Just to add to Mike-Ps;



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