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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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Pentax-DA HD 55-300mm F4.5-6.3 ED PLM WR RE review: 22 facts and highlights

1. widest aperture

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.
f/4.5
Samyang XP 50mm f/1.2: f/1.2

2. widest aperture at maximum focal length

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.
6.3f
Samyang XP 50mm f/1.2: 1.2f

3. Has focus motor

Lenses with a built-in focus motor can autofocus even if the camera does not have its own focus motor.
Pentax-DA HD 55-300mm F4.5-6.3 ED PLM WR RE
87% have it

4. Has full-time manual focus

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.
Pentax-DA HD 55-300mm F4.5-6.3 ED PLM WR RE
71% have it

5. smallest aperture at maximum focal length

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.
32f
Pentax HD DA 560mm F5.6 ED AW: 45f

6. minimum focus distance

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.
0.95m
Samsung NX 10mm F3.5 Fisheye: 0.09m

7. has built-in optical image stabilization

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.
Pentax-DA HD 55-300mm F4.5-6.3 ED PLM WR RE
37% have it

8. Has rounded aperture blades

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.
Pentax-DA HD 55-300mm F4.5-6.3 ED PLM WR RE
70% have it

9. maximum focal length

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

10. minimum focal length

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.
55mm
Sigma 4.5mm F2.8 EX DC HSM Circular Fisheye: 4.5mm

11. weight

471g
Canon EF 400mm F/4 DO IS II USM: 2.1g

12. aperture blades

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.
9
Lensbaby Velvet 85: 12

13. Weather sealed

Device is protected with extra seals to prevent failures due to any kind of weather.
Pentax-DA HD 55-300mm F4.5-6.3 ED PLM WR RE
32% have it

14. optical zoom

The zoom range is the ratio between the longest and shortest focal lengths. A higher zoom range means that the lens is more versatile.
5.45x
Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD: 22.2x

15. Has a metal mount

A metal mount is generally superior to a plastic mount as it is more durable.
Pentax-DA HD 55-300mm F4.5-6.3 ED PLM WR RE
80% have it

16. minimum angle of view

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).
5.4°
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD: 2°

17. magnification

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.
0.3x
Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 24-90mm F2.8-4 ASPH: 14x

18. Is a telephoto lens

A telephoto lens allows you to zoom in on far away objects. This is particularly useful when you need to photograph a subject from a distance, such as wildlife photography, or even in some cases street photography where you can’t get near the subject.
Pentax-DA HD 55-300mm F4.5-6.3 ED PLM WR RE
42% have it

19. smallest aperture at minimum focal length

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.
22f
Pentax HD DA 560mm F5.6 ED AW: 45f

20. Includes lens hood

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.
Pentax-DA HD 55-300mm F4.5-6.3 ED PLM WR RE
64% have it

21. maximum angle of view

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).
29°
Leica APO-Summicron-SL 75mm f/2 ASPH: 318°

22. Lens hood is reversible

The lens hood can screw onto the lens in reverse so that you can keep it on your camera at all times, ready to use.
Pentax-DA HD 55-300mm F4.5-6.3 ED PLM WR RE
12% have it

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