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Pentax-DA HD 55-300mm F4.5-6.3 ED PLM WR RE

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Pentax-DA HD 55-300mm F4.5-6.3 ED PLM WR RE review: specs and price

Pentax-DA HD 55-300mm F4.5-6.3 ED PLM WR RE
Pentax-DA HD 55-300mm F4.5-6.3 ED PLM WR RE
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Why is Pentax-DA HD 55-300mm F4.5-6.3 ED PLM WR RE better than the average?

  • Maximum focal length
    300mmvs113.75mm
  • Smallest aperture at maximum focal length
    32fvs24.85f
  • Optical zoom
    5.45xvs2.49x
  • Aperture blades
    9vs7.89
  • Weight
    471gvs625.27g
  • Magnification
    0.3xvs0.28x
  • Minimum angle of view
    5.4°vs33.3°

Top specs and features

General info

1.minimum focal length

55mm

A shorter minimum focal length allows you to get more of the scene in the photo, and offers a wider angle of view than longer focal lengths.

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Canon EF 35mm F/2 IS USM

0.24mm

2.maximum focal length

300mm

A longer maximum focal length allows you to focus in on a small part of a scene, and offers a narrower angle of view than shorter focal lengths.

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Sigma 300-800mm F5.6 EX DG APO HSM

800mm

3.Includes lens hood
Pentax-DA HD 55-300mm F4.5-6.3 ED PLM WR RE

It comes with a lens hood so that you don’t have to buy it separately. These are used to block strong light sources, such as the sun, from the lens to prevent glare and lens flare.

4.Weather sealed
Pentax-DA HD 55-300mm F4.5-6.3 ED PLM WR RE

Device is protected with extra seals to prevent failures due to any kind of weather.

5.Has a metal mount
Pentax-DA HD 55-300mm F4.5-6.3 ED PLM WR RE

A metal mount is generally superior to a plastic mount as it is more durable.

6.weight

471g

Best

Canon EF 400mm F/4 DO IS II USM

2.1g

Optics

1.has built-in optical image stabilization
Pentax-DA HD 55-300mm F4.5-6.3 ED PLM WR RE

Optical image stabilization uses gyroscopic sensors to detect the vibrations of the camera. The lens adjusts the optical path accordingly, ensuring that any type of motion blur is corrected before the sensor captures the image.

2.optical zoom

5.45x

The zoom range is the ratio between the longest and shortest focal lengths. A higher zoom range means that the lens is more versatile.

Best

Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD

22.2x

3.maximum angle of view

29°

At the shorter end of the lens you get the widest angle of view. This allows you to fit more of the scene into the photograph (based on APS-C format).

Best

Leica APO-Summicron-SL 75mm f/2 ASPH

318°

4.magnification

0.3x

A true macro lens has a magnification of 1:1. This means that the image produced is a life-size representation of the subject being photographed.

Best

Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 24-90mm F2.8-4 ASPH

14x

5.minimum angle of view

5.4°

At the longest end of the lens you get the narrowest angle of view. This allows you to fit a small portion of the scene into the photograph, such as when you are zooming in on a subject (based on APS-C format).

Best

Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD

Aperture

1.widest aperture

f/4.5

With a wider aperture the sensor can capture more light, helping to avoid blur by enabling a faster shutter speed. It also provides a shallow depth of field, allowing you to blur the background to focus attention on the subject.

Best

Samyang XP 50mm f/1.2

f/1.2

2.widest aperture at maximum focal length

6.3f

With a wider aperture the sensor can capture more light, helping to avoid blur by enabling a faster shutter speed. It also provides a shallow depth of field, allowing you to blur the background to focus attention on the subject.

Best

Samyang XP 50mm f/1.2

1.2f

3.smallest aperture at maximum focal length

32f

A smaller aperture reduces the amount of light reaching the sensor. This is important in bright conditions where a wider aperture could result in your image being overexposed. Another advantage is that with a smaller aperture you get a greater depth of field, and can keep all of the image in focus.

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Pentax HD DA 560mm F5.6 ED AW

45f

4.Has rounded aperture blades
Pentax-DA HD 55-300mm F4.5-6.3 ED PLM WR RE

Similar to the number of aperture blades, rounded blades affect the way the light gets through to the sensor. Rounded blades, often only found on more expensive lenses, improve the appearance of the out-of-focus areas. This allows you to attain better, softer looking bokeh in your photos.

5.aperture blades

9

The aperture controls how much light gets through to the camera’s sensor. More blades is often an indicator of a better quality lens. It also allows you to achieve much nicer looking bokeh when blurring out your background, whereas a lens with less blades will often produce harsher, more polygonal bokeh.

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Lensbaby Velvet 85

12

6.smallest aperture at minimum focal length

22f

A smaller aperture reduces the amount of light reaching the sensor. This is important in bright conditions where a wider aperture could result in your image being overexposed. Another advantage is that with a smaller aperture you get a greater depth of field, and can keep all of the image in focus.

Best

Pentax HD DA 560mm F5.6 ED AW

45f

Focus

1.Has full-time manual focus
Pentax-DA HD 55-300mm F4.5-6.3 ED PLM WR RE

With full-time manual focus, you can move the focus ring whilst it is in AF (autofocus) mode. This means that you can make manual adjustments once the AF has finished, without changing to manual mode.

2.Has focus motor
Pentax-DA HD 55-300mm F4.5-6.3 ED PLM WR RE

Lenses with a built-in focus motor can autofocus even if the camera does not have its own focus motor.

3.minimum focus distance

0.95m

This is the closest distance that the lens can focus. A shorter minimum focus distance allows you to get closer to your subject, and is particularly important when doing macro photography.

Best

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0.02m

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