55-300 Questions


chrism_scotland

Link Posted 21/01/2011 - 08:13
Hi folks,

I'm waiting on my K20D coming next week and I've ordered a 16-45 to go with it as my general walkabout, I'm looking to add to my kit probably with a 35mm f2.4,in the summer a wide angle (likely a Sigma 10-20) and for those days when the weather isn't so good I'll be keeping an eye out for a cheapish 18-55 WR lens,
But I'm looking just now for a telephoto lens its not something I used a lot before but I travel for work and at the moment this means a lot of airports, I'm a bit of a transport geek so I'd like to be able to try getting some shots of planes taking off/landing at the airports, I've looked at the 50-200 but I think the 200mm range might be a bit short, also as these seem to be around the £100 mark I was wondering if the 55-300 on offer at Park for £170 would be worth the extra cash,

MarkD

Link Posted 21/01/2011 - 09:06
The 55-300 is much better optically than anything else in that price range. I had a Tamron 70-300 but the purple fringing drove me mad and the 50-200 is a nice compact little lens but the 55-300 in in a different league. I think you'll be very happy with the 55-300, especially at that price.
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MostlyHarmless

Link Posted 21/01/2011 - 09:50
The 55-300 is very good and at 300mm you'll be framing 1/2 (near enough) the area you would at 200mm, so it will bring you significantly 'closer'. I'm thinking (heresy ) of ditching the 60-250 and going back to it.

chrism_scotland

Link Posted 21/01/2011 - 11:03
Cheers folks I think I will order it especially at that price and if I don't use it I can always sell it on.

Is the 35mm f2 the best value low cost Pentax Prime?

womble

Link Posted 21/01/2011 - 11:13
chrism_scotland wrote:
Cheers folks I think I will order it especially at that price and if I don't use it I can always sell it on.

Is the 35mm f2 the best value low cost Pentax Prime?

If you mean the new 35mm f/2.8, by all accounts a very good lens and very good value. The older, faster and much more expensive 35mm macro is also a lovely lens but not a low cost lens.

If you don't mind manual focus there is a wealth of older K mount and M42 screw mount lenses available although ultra-wide angles are hugely expensive for what they are.

K.
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chrism_scotland

Link Posted 21/01/2011 - 12:49
Ideally I'd like a 50mm but the 1.4 Autofocus 50mm at £300 odd is a bit much at the moment for me.

gartmore

Link Posted 21/01/2011 - 13:06
The 35mm DA f2.4 is a cracking lens. Look out for a Pentax F 50mm f1.7, its autofocus and one of the sharpest lenses I have.
Ken
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chrism_scotland

Link Posted 21/01/2011 - 14:12
Cheers folks, I'm in 2 minds I think I might go for the prime now and pickup a telephoto later, as I said at the moment I can't see me really using it but I certainly will later, but I think I'd be willing to pay the extra for the Metal Mount 55-300 later or source a used one.

gartmore

Link Posted 21/01/2011 - 15:17
Procrastination is the thief of time.
Ken
“We must avoid however, snapping away, shooting quickly and without thought, overloading ourselves with unnecessary images that clutter our memory and diminish the clarity of the whole.” - Henri Cartier-Bresson -

Dangermouse

Link Posted 21/01/2011 - 18:54
Buy the DA 35mm f2.4, it's a superb compact standard prime. I find it a lot more useful than a 50mm on digital as the field of view is wider (not far off being equivalent to a 50mm on film).
Matt

Shooting the Welsh Wilderness with K-m, KX, MX, ME Super and assorted lenses.

Ben76

Link Posted 21/01/2011 - 20:53
I have a 55-300 and indeed it is a very good lens which offers more possibilities and is optically superior compared to the 50-200mm. The build quality is quite good and it is capable of producing good images throughout the focal length range.
As for the 35 mm if I could afford it I would rather choose the 35mm f/2.8 macro Limited rather than the 35mm f/2.4. It is a Limited which means excellent build quality and it would be the perfect standard walkabout prime with the macro possibility as a bonus
Benoît

Technoblurb

Link Posted 21/01/2011 - 21:04
I have a 55-300, it is a very sharp lens for the price, my only gripe is that the focus dial is a little wobbly and the autofocus is not lightning fast.I have also owned a Sigma 70-300 APO II (the old version) this was not a touch in the Pentax.

Graham

kcsun18

Link Posted 21/01/2011 - 21:09
The 35mm seems to be a great prime for low light situations. Also not due to it being full frame, it would scale up to something like 50mm. It could easily be used as a portrait/landscape lens. With a relatively big aperture it would make a great addition to any set. The telephoto's are only used for their purposes, which is to shoot relatively longer distances or sometimes used for macro photography.

It always depends on your shooting style and budget. I'm not expert in pentax as I have never owned a pentax camera myself. Actually use a Nikon. But that's just my thoughts.
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Dangermouse

Link Posted 21/01/2011 - 21:53
The 35mm f2.4 does cover full frame (not that this makes any difference with current Pentax DSLRs but it'll work on film bodies which have the contacts).

The DA Ltd may be better but it costs over twice as much. I really doubt it's quite that much better!
Matt

Shooting the Welsh Wilderness with K-m, KX, MX, ME Super and assorted lenses.

wvbarnes

Link Posted 21/01/2011 - 22:44
My son kindly bought me the 55 to 300 for Christmas. It is a superb addition to my KX and vastly superior in build and quality to my kit 55 to 200 DAL zoom.
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