Pentax 300mm DA* f4 users?


Link Posted 20/05/2009 - 21:13
Hi all,

Anyone out there use the new Pentax 300mm f4 DA* lens.

Im looking at a varing amount of lenses that could be considered for wildlife photography.
Bird hide stuff possibly.

Anyone recommend this prime

Kind regards
K10d Grand Prix & Grip
10-17mm fisheye, 15mm Limited, 21mm Limited, 40mm Pancake Limited, 70mm Limited


Link Posted 20/05/2009 - 21:19
k10dlimited wrote:

Anyone recommend this prime

Kind regards

do you notice the number of hands raised in response to your question above?

Its a cracking lens Graham. I can only speak for this one as I am quite a newbie in the field, but consensus is the DA*300 is a fantastic lens
Amin Photo Gallery
Last Edited by aminstar on 20/05/2009 - 21:21


Link Posted 20/05/2009 - 21:29
Graham had mine for about a month now and really please with the results. Just need to get out more and use it.

K-3's, K-3II.
SMC PENTAX-DA FISH-EYE 1:3.5-4.5 10-17mm ED [IF], SMC PENTAX-DA* 1:2.8 16-50mm ED AL [IF] SDM,
SMC PENTAX-DA 1:4 15mm ED AL Limited, SMC PENTAX-DA 1:3.2 21mm AL Limited,
PENTAX-F 1:2.8 28mm, SMC PENTAX-FA 1:2 35mm AL, SMC PENTAX-FA 1:1.4 50mm, SMC PENTAX-D FA MACRO 1:2.8 100mm WR,
SMC PENTAX-DA* 1:4 300mm ED [IF] SDM, HD PENTAX-D FA 1:4.5-5.6 150-450mm ED DC AW, HD PENTAX-DA 1:5.6 560mm ED AW,
SMC PENTAX-FA* 1:5.6 250-600mm ED[IF],
PENTAX AF160FC Auto Macro Ring Flash.

Daniel Bridge

Link Posted 20/05/2009 - 22:59
Yep, love it. Use it for flowers and stuff as much as wildlife (not a big bird photographer), but some examples of mine are on this thread.

K-3, a macro lens and a DA*300mm...


Link Posted 20/05/2009 - 23:04
Thumbs up for me as well! DS ,DA18/55,DA16/45.DA* 50/135,"A"1.7 50MM..."A" 70/210..M 50mm f2...Tamron 90mm macro,28/300 Tamron,200/500 Tamron 6.9....A Pentax DA*300... Sigma10/20,FA31mm 1.8 Ltd*********,FA 77mm Ltd!


Link Posted 21/05/2009 - 08:18
A brilliant lens

Bodies: K20D (2), K10D, Super A, ME Super, Auto 110 SLR, X70, Optio P70
Pentax Glass: DA* 300, DA* 60-250, DA* 50-135, DA* 16-50, DA 70 Ltd, FA 31 Ltd, DA 35 Ltd, DA 18-55 (2), DA 12-24, DA 10-17, M 200, A 35-70, M 40, M 28, Converter-A 2X-S, 1.4X-S, AF 1.7, Pentax-110 50, Pentax-110 24
Other Glass: Sigma 105 macro, Sigma-A APO 75-300
Flash: Metz 58 AF-1 P, Pentax AF160FC ringflash, Pentax AF280T


Link Posted 21/05/2009 - 08:26
It's one of the sharpest 'knives in my drawer', err, lenses in my bag.

You won't be disappointed by it, I'm sure.

Personally I would have preferred it to be a 1:2.8 lens but with the K-7's SR system allowing for up to 4 stops slower shutter speed, I think it'll do fine.
Peter E Smith

My flickr Photostream


Link Posted 21/05/2009 - 08:34
I love mine and would never part with it
Pentax Lenses:|DA12-24/f4 ED AL|DA35Ltd Macro|FA31Ltd|FA77Ltd|FA50/1.4|F70-210|FA20-35 f4/AL|A*200/f4 Macro ED|A50/1.7|A50 Macro f2.8|1.7xAF adapter|
Voigtlander|125/f2.5SL Macro APO Lanthar|
Sigma Lenses:|EX DG 100-300 f4|2X & 1.4X TC|
Flashes:|AF540FGZx2|RingFlash AF160FC|


Link Posted 21/05/2009 - 14:03
get the DA*300mm you wont be disappointed, I wasn't.

I do mainly wildlife photography and 90% of this is with thw DA*300mm.

Have a look at my bird gallery at link
most of the photos there were taken with the 300mm with and without the Pentax 1.7X AF converter.
Last Edited by mille19 on 21/05/2009 - 14:03


Link Posted 21/05/2009 - 14:20
it is a great lens...get it.


My Flickr page


Link Posted 21/05/2009 - 14:52
I love the top image with the boat. It really captured the atmosphere of the location.
Camera:K20D|Ist*DS|Spotmatic II|MZ-10
Pentax Lenses: DA16-45|DA50-200|50A 1.7
Tamron Lenses: 28-200
Takumar Lenses: SMC 55 1.8
Sigma Lenses: EX DG 50-500 'Bigma'|EX 50mm Macro
Flashes: Metz 58 AF-1|Samsung SEF-36PZF|Pentax AF-220T


Link Posted 21/05/2009 - 19:37
The DA*300 is a corker for wildlife. I use it with my K10D for bird shots where, although 300 is a bit short, the sheer resolving power of the lens means that every pixel counts - that is, the images can be cropped quite hard whilst maintaining quality. A bonus for me is its close focussing capability that makes it very useful for butterfly shots too. Checkout my shots at link
Go for it!!
Last Edited by Darrel on 21/05/2009 - 19:47


Link Posted 21/05/2009 - 20:35
Golfdiesel...thank you for your comment.

Darrel....I cant see your pictures without registering on the site.

My Flickr page


Link Posted 21/05/2009 - 20:50
OK - I forgot that. It's simple to register, you'll not be hassled!


Link Posted 24/05/2009 - 20:07
I's have to agree that it is a great lens. It is sharp and very usable wide open as it has no distortion, no CA, no PF. It is a perfect lens.
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