Has anyone got rid of a 55-300 and...


ChrisA

Link Posted 27/05/2014 - 14:25
... really regretted it?

I'm about to get a K-3 and am dithering about whether to part-ex the 55-300 along with a bunch of other stuff.

I have the Bigma, so the range is covered, just wondered whether I'm going to regret it if I gtet rid of the 55-300.

I'll be definitely keeping the 10-20, the 17-70, and the 50-500 out of the lenses below, but I'm not sure about the 400mm SMC-A or the 100mm F4 macro.
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Pentax K-3, DA18-135, DA35 F2.4, DA17-70, DA55-300, FA28-200, A50 F1.7, A100 F4 Macro, A400 F5.6, Sigma 10-20 EXDC, 50-500 F4.5-6.3 APO DG OS Samsung flash SEF-54PZF(x2)
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Last Edited by ChrisA on 27/05/2014 - 14:26

DrOrloff

Link Posted 27/05/2014 - 14:33
The 55-300 would make a very versatile travel lens with great IQ around its sweet spot. I don't regret getting rid of mine, I do regret not buying it back at a knock down price

To be honest, prices what they are at the moment it doesn't seem worth selling anything.
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Last Edited by DrOrloff on 27/05/2014 - 14:34

johnriley

Link Posted 27/05/2014 - 14:53
The 55-300mm is much smaller and lighter than the Bigma, so perhaps there will be some circumstances where carrying the big lens won't be appropriate?

It's always difficult to sell lenses, and I've sold than then bought again more than one. Sometimes our needs just change over time.
Best regards, John

ChrisA

Link Posted 27/05/2014 - 15:02
johnriley wrote:
The 55-300mm is much smaller and lighter than the Bigma, so perhaps there will be some circumstances where carrying the big lens won't be appropriate?

Yes, indeed. I don't think I've used the 55-300 once since I got the Bigma. Sods law says, of course...

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It's always difficult to sell lenses, and I've sold than then bought again more than one. Sometimes our needs just change over time.

Yes again. Ironically, I'm getting the K-3 with a 18-135, which as you may remember, I had before. I'm under no illusions about its IQ, but I'm just fancying the fast focusing, compactness and WR.

I think perhaps I'll keep the 55-300. Thanks.

It's harder still to decide what to do with the SMC-A 400 F5.6. Bought it from McBrian originally, it's lovely optically, and a thing of beauty, just MF and heavy. I haven't used it for quite a few years...
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Pentax K-3, DA18-135, DA35 F2.4, DA17-70, DA55-300, FA28-200, A50 F1.7, A100 F4 Macro, A400 F5.6, Sigma 10-20 EXDC, 50-500 F4.5-6.3 APO DG OS Samsung flash SEF-54PZF(x2)
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Aleks1298

Link Posted 27/05/2014 - 15:49
I had the Bigma and 55-300. And as mentioned above, they are different lenses, the 55-300 can be taken along just for the sake of it while the Bigma cannot due to the weight and size. I don't know what you like to shoot, but I personally would rather sell the Bigma and keep the 55-300 as K3 allows cropping and Bigma is too heavy to carry around. Thought that said, I prefer the IQ of the Bigma.

I sold the Bigma and 55-300, actually two 55-300's but later bought back the 55-300 WR, but hasn't left the box since I bought it.
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Mike-P

Link Posted 27/05/2014 - 16:24
Although I have the 50-500mm I keep the 55-300mm on standby for light duties. I have a small camera bag that will take the body with 17-70mm attached and 55-300mm perfectly and they make a great combination.
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robbiec

Link Posted 27/05/2014 - 16:49
Yep. Had a trio of lenses as a travel kit, 16-45, 50 f/1.4 and 55-300. All three punched above their respective weights.
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ilovesaabs

Link Posted 27/05/2014 - 17:39
Got one during my DA*60-250 journey to JPSS for repair, got rid soon after....
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mayday

Link Posted 27/05/2014 - 19:17
My wife uses this lens when out and about. Light weight and gives a good range of distance and carrying it around on her K10D is not a problem. The images are surprisingly good, so it is a keeper.
Regards
David

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Last Edited by mayday on 27/05/2014 - 19:18

Conqueror

Link Posted 27/05/2014 - 20:27
I was contemplating selling mine due to lack of use.

But now I've used it extensively in an environment where a zoom is needed and >100mm and can't see selling it unless upgrading. I thought it performed pretty darn well [with the k-5iis] considering it's price tag.

It has made me wonder what the DA* 60-250mm is like (since I already own a DA* 55mm and quality + the colours are outstanding). The weight and cost and the two big negatives.

But I am contemplating selling the following to obtain money for a 60-250mm :

50mm M 1.7
100mm DFA
18-55mm WR
55-300mm metal mount
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davidstorm

Link Posted 27/05/2014 - 20:28
I would never sell my 55-300. I think it has better IQ than my Sigma 150-500, albeit the bokeh is not as good. For a lightweight walk-around lens with decent reach for not much money, how can you do better?

Regards
David
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Conqueror

Link Posted 27/05/2014 - 20:37
Microglobe have a good deal on the 55-300mm WR by the way

see separate thread on Microglobe

I had 0 problems ordering online and they have a physical shop, I will probably use them again one day
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Gwyn

Link Posted 27/05/2014 - 20:54
Such a shame they didn't put a DC motor in the WR version. I'd probably sell a lens or two and buy one if it had DC, as it would be a great travel lens.

Aleks1298

Link Posted 27/05/2014 - 21:47
Gwyn wrote:
Such a shame they didn't put a DC motor in the WR version. I'd probably sell a lens or two and buy one if it had DC, as it would be a great travel lens.

A silent focusing for lenses would be great

The glacial motor of 20-40 would be, ermmm...give it a minute
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Conqueror

Link Posted 27/05/2014 - 22:08
Worth noting some new zooms should be on the way...

http://www.ricoh-imaging.co.jp/japan/products/lens/images/K_Mount_Lens.pdf
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