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Pentax 55-300mm f4.5-6.3 DA PLM WR Lens Review?

paulyrichard
Posted 19/10/2016 - 10:29 Link
Does anyone know of a review of this lens listed anywhere online? Or if anyone owns one, what do they think of it?
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JAK
Posted 19/10/2016 - 11:27 Link
It seems a bit of an oddball really. With its release coinciding with the K-1, most folk upgrading will undoubtedly be looking to the full frame K-1 and lenses for that rather than a slower version of an APS-C 55-300mm at several times the cost of the older version and which isn't FF compatible either. As the lens only works with the K-1, K-3 II, K-S2, K-S1 and K-70, many with earlier bodies who may consider getting one are excluded from doing so anyhow.

Still strange though that there doesn't seem to be any published reviews of the lens anywhere.
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Simonmac
Posted 19/10/2016 - 11:52 Link
JAK wrote:
It seems a bit of an oddball really. With its release coinciding with the K-1, most folk upgrading will undoubtedly be looking to the full frame K-1 and lenses for that rather than a slower version of an APS-C 55-300mm at several times the cost of the older version and which isn't FF compatible either. As the lens only works with the K-1, K-3 II, K-S2, K-S1 and K-70, many with earlier bodies who may consider getting one are excluded from doing so anyhow.

Still strange though that there doesn't seem to be any published reviews of the lens anywhere.

just looked out of curiosity. Only user reviews. Having said that, I prefer good user reviews.
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kea828
Posted 19/10/2016 - 19:43 Link
JAK wrote:

Still strange though that there doesn't seem to be any published reviews of the lens anywhere.

dpreview has some sample images taken with it.
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McGregNi
Posted 19/10/2016 - 21:01 Link
I thought the whole point of this new zoom was it's silent variable aperture mechanism, and the relevance of that was for video recording. As such I wonder does the lens offer anything worthwhile to stills only photographers, considering the price premium over the previous versions ..... ?
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richandfleur
Posted 19/10/2016 - 21:58 Link
McGregNi wrote:
I thought the whole point of this new zoom was it's silent variable aperture mechanism, and the relevance of that was for video recording. As such I wonder does the lens offer anything worthwhile to stills only photographers, considering the price premium over the previous versions ..... ?

It's silent, and by all accounts it's quick.

Was there another model after the HD WR version, that included a motor, or just this one? Sorry I haven't kept up with the developments on this lens.

As above, the new motor seems locked to the newer cameras only, so it's of limited use otherwise.
paulyrichard
Posted 20/10/2016 - 16:39 Link
I was thinking that this might stand as a better performing lens, over it's other counterpart. Thanks...
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alfpics
Posted 20/10/2016 - 18:07 Link
I guess its bringing in new technology (the electromagnetic diaphragm) that will spread to other lenses in time. It sounds a great idea being continuously variable and consistent - ie if doing a time-lapse I guess it could remove the flicker effect caused by exposure differences from one frame to the next under a given light condition that a purely mechanical aperture gives.

Also the examples on DPR look pretty good (I realise I've only looked at them screen size)
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Edited by alfpics: 20/10/2016 - 18:08
richandfleur
Posted 20/10/2016 - 19:49 Link
Should avoid the k-30/k-50 body aperture motor/diaphragm failures also...

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