By braunski

from Chicago, Illinois

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified

Great lens for up close and personal

 
5.0

PROS

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Consistent Output

CONS

  • Heavy

BEST USES

  • Wildlife Photos
  • Landscape/Scenery

Comments:

A really nice lens that I am just beginning to see what in can do.


By Pete

from west palm beach, fl

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified

Great Value!!!

 
4.0

PROS

  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Good pictures

CONS

  • Slow Focus

BEST USES

  • Candid shots
  • Sports/Action
  • Wildlife Photos

Comments:

Good quality for the price Hard to use autofocus at long distances


By J the traveller

from Richmond, VA

About Me Photo Enthusiast

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Great, versatile lens

 
5.0

PROS

CONS

BEST USES

Comments:

I bought this lens for my Pentax K10D to photograph our hummingbirds at the feeder. I got some great shots with the new lens right out of the box. It was easy to use. I got very sharp and color accurate images. At another occasion I used the lens during a fast model jet-airplane demonstration and was able to get close-up images from the fast flying planes with sharp and accurate color rendition. I love this lens and would recommend it to anyone as part of a complete assortment of lenses for travel, landscape and wild life photography.


By Robin the nurse

from East Moline,IL

About Me Casual Photographer

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Love this lens. Takes great pictures

 
5.0

PROS

  • Consistent Output
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Rugged
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Durable
  • Strong Construction

CONS

  • Heavy

BEST USES

  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Wildlife Photos

Comments:

I couldn't ask for a better zoom lens. It takes great pictures. Its a little on the heavy side, but thats ok.


By JKE

from LeClaire, IA

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified

Great Lens!

 
5.0

PROS

  • Durable
  • Strong Construction
  • Consistent Output
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus

CONS

  • Heavy

BEST USES

  • Sports/Action
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Wildlife Photos

Comments:

I use the K-x, and I've found this lens to work out quite well. It focuses a little slowly in low light as you'd expect, but overall is not bad. The quality of the images is very good though, and quite reproducible throughout the range of the zoom. All-in-all, I'm very pleased.


By Dark_Angel

from Camarillo, CA

About Me Photo Enthusiast

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Amazing!

 
4.0

PROS

  • Lightweight
  • Consistent Output
  • Strong Construction
  • Rugged
  • Sharp Focus

CONS

  • Slow Focus

BEST USES

  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Wildlife Photos
  • Travel
  • Sports/Action

Comments:

This lens is amazing! Ive got some great shots that, had i not had this lens, I never would have gotten! Take some time to get familiar with the lens before you go out shooting. You dont want to miss an amazing shot because you are trying to figure out how to get it to maximum zoom (learned from experience)


By OptimusImage

from Albany, New York

About Me Professional

Verified

Sharp at 300mm at F5.8

 
5.0

PROS

  • Lightweight
  • Sharp - all focal lengths
  • Sharp Focus
  • Quick Focus

CONS

  • No pro-grade construction

BEST USES

  • Sports/Action
  • Wildlife
  • General Use
  • Landscape Photography

Comments:

Many 300mm zooms in this category go soft at the long end at wide apertures. Not this lens. My sample and initial tests were impressive. The ED glass delivers a high standard that makes it comparable to the better Nikon and Canon telephoto zooms. But Pentax engineers based material choices on metal and plastic to reduce the weight. Not aimed at heavy-duty pro use. Autofocus was spot on and generally the response time was quick. In spite of being a slower speed (aperture) lens, the in-camera stabilization of models like the KX make it possible to hand hold it in relatively low light. Regarding performance, it's an excellent lens.


By Rick

from Pearland, TX

About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Verified

Great lens

 
5.0

PROS

  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Strong Construction
  • Quick Focus
  • Sharp Focus
  • Lightweight

CONS

BEST USES

  • Wildlife
  • General Use

Comments:

Haven't found anything I don't like about it


By JRMotion

from Illinois

About Me Casual user

Verified

Thank you Pentax

 
5.0

PROS

  • Quick Focus
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Sharp Focus
  • Strong Construction
  • Consistent Output
  • Durable

CONS

BEST USES

  • Wildlife
  • General Use
  • Special Effects
  • Night Photography
  • Landscape Photography
  • Sports/Action

Comments:

Just started using lens and am very happy with its ease of use and picture quality. Will get a lot more use when I begin using it for basketball season pics.


By AFNurse

from Great Falls, MT

About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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(1 of 1 customer found this review helpful)

GREAT!!! Would buy again!

 
5.0

PROS

  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Sharp Focus
  • Consistent Output
  • Quick Focus

CONS

  • Light requirements indoor

BEST USES

  • Landscape Photography
  • Wildlife

Comments:

I got this because the original camera lens of 28-90 was good indoors and in the back yard but didn't do well outdoors in nature. I got this lens and found out how much of a difference it is from 90 to 300!! WOW!! First 3 days out and I was able to bring in GREAT pictures of Mountain Goats, Black Bear, and some Ground Squirals!! It was a great weekend! Only problem that I have found is on the occation that I need more wide angle, 28 would be so much better... If I carry both lenses, no problem, if only using the 90-300, wide angle or indoor is a bit iffy, but that should be expected! Great purchase. Works well on both my Pentax Digital istD and Pentax ZX-1 35mm film camera!

 Images from AFNurse
 
Glacier National Park, Ground squirrel
Glacier National Park, MT, Mountain Goat

By Keith

from Port Huron, Michigan

About Me Semi-Professional

Verified

Great Lens!

 
4.0

PROS

  • Easy To Use
  • Came with a nice case
  • Durable

CONS

  • None so far

BEST USES

  • Home
  • Landscape Photography
  • Everyday use
  • Traveling

Comments:

This is an excellent "everyday" lens that fills a long-noted gap in Pentax's DA lens lineup between their "kit" (18-55mm) zoom lens and a long (300mm) zoom telephoto. Mechanically, it's very well-made with good optics for the money..all of which make it an excellent value.



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