ayast's reviews

  • Pentax 55-300mm f/4-5.8 ED SMC DA

    9 out of 10 points and recommended
    sharp, light
    a bit soft at the highest appertures

    I have actually [partially] replaced a Sigma 105mm macro (a great lens) with this one. It is such a surprising product. I chose it based on reviews (not on this site, which I began consulting later), but I feel it is underappreciated. I am not too crazy about sharpness at the highest appertures and was rather disappointed with it at first when using Sv mode on k200. I would set it to high speeds for bird shooting and the camera would set it to F5.8 at 300mm thus getting subpar results. But then I tried Av mode and starting from F7.1 and lower this lens becomes an excellent performer. Highly recommend it!

    here are some sample shots:




    reviewed May 28th, 2009 (purchased for $330)