Pentax HD DA 55-300mm f4.5-6.3 ED PLM WR RE Lens

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Pentax HD DA 55-300mm f4.5-6.3 ED PLM WR RE

  • K Mount Lens/APS-C Format
  • 84.5-460mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/4.5 to f/32
  • Extra-Low Dispersion Glass
  • HD and SP Lens Coatings
  • Pulse Autofocus Motor
  • Quick Shift Focus
  • Retractable Design
  • Weather-Resistant Construction
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm

Versatile and long-reaching the HD PENTAX-DA 55-300mm f/4.5-6.3 ED PLM WR RE Lens from Pentax is an 84.5-460mm equivalent telephoto zoom designed for APS-C-format K-mount DSLRs. Ranging from portrait-length to super telephoto, this lens employs extra-low dispersion glass in its optical design in order to reduce colour fringing and chromatic aberrations throughout the expansive zoom range. An HD coating has also been applied to lens elements to minimise flare and ghosting for increased contrast and colour fidelity when working in strong lighting conditions. Furthermore, an SP (Super Protect) coating has been applied to the front and rear surfaces of the lens, too, to guard against fingerprints, smudging, and cleaning marks.

Complementing the optical design is a quick performing PLM (Pulse Motor), which delivers smooth, quiet, and exacting autofocus operation to benefit both stills shooting and video recording. A compact and lightweight form factor, along with a retractable design, also caters to intuitive handling and use while travelling, while a weather-resistant construction benefits working in trying weather conditions.

Telephoto zoom 55-300mm f/4.5-6.3 lens is designed for APS-C-format Pentax K-mount DSLRs, where it provides an 84.5-460mm equivalent focal length range.

Extra-low dispersion glass is used in the lens construction in order to minimise chromatic aberrations and colour fringing throughout the zoom range for increased image clarity.

An HD coating has been applied to lens elements to minimise flare and ghosting for increased contrast and colour neutrality when working in harsh, backlit lighting conditions.

The PLM affords quick autofocusing performance, and couples with an electromagnetic diaphragm to provide smooth and quiet operation that is especially well-suited to video recording applications. Use of this feature may require you to update your camera with the latest firmware in order to ensure accurate exposure results.

Weather-resistant construction features 11 distinct seals about the lens' body to prevent the intrusion of water and dust when working in harsh environments.

An SP coating is featured on the front and rear elements and works to protect the glass from fingerprints, smudging, and other marks.

Rounded nine-blade diaphragm contributes to a smooth bokeh quality when working with shallow depth of field and selective focus techniques.

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Focal Length

55 to 300mm (35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 84.5 to 460mm)

Maximum Aperture f/4.5 to 6.3
Minimum Aperture f/22 to 32
Lens Mount Pentax K
Lens Format Coverage APS-C
Angle of View 29° to 5.4°
Minimum Focus Distance 3.05' / 93 cm
Maximum Magnification 0.3x
Optical Design

14 Elements in 11 Groups

Diaphragm Blades 9, Rounded
Focus Type Autofocus
Image Stabilization No
Filter Size 58 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)

3.01 x 3.5" / 76.5 x 89 mm

Weight 15.59 oz / 442 g

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Understanding: Aperture

Aperture is the opening in a camera lens that controls how much light enters the camera. It's measured in f-stops like f/2.8 or f/8. Lower f-stop numbers mean wider openings, letting in more light and creating a shallow depth of field (blurry background). Higher f-stop numbers mean smaller openings, letting in less light and creating a larger depth of field (more of the scene in focus). Aperture also affects the quality of out-of-focus areas in the image (bokeh).

Understanding: Lens Types

Different lenses have different purposes to achieve different styles of images, some popular ones include:
Prime Lens: Fixed focal length, sharp images, great for portraits and dark settings.
Zoom Lens: Variable focal length, versatile for different shots and everyday use..
Wide-Angle Lens: Captures wide scenes like landscapes.
Telephoto Lens: Magnifies distant subjects, ideal for sports & wildlife.
Macro Lens: Perfect for close-up photography of small subjects.
Fisheye Lens: Ultra-wide perspective, creates unique images.

Understanding: Lens Mounts

Different camera brands use different lens mounts, which are like connectors that attach lenses to camera bodies. Each mount is specific to a particular brand and camera series. For example, Canon uses the EF and RF mounts, Nikon uses the F mount, Sony uses the E mount for its mirrorless cameras. These mounts dictate which lenses are compatible with which cameras. Some brands offer adapters to use lenses from other systems, but it's essential to ensure compatibility for proper functionality and autofocus performance.

Understanding: Manual and Autofocus

Manual focus and autofocus are two ways to adjust the sharpness of a camera lens. With manual focus, you turn a ring on the lens to bring the subject into focus yourself, giving you full control over what appears sharp in the image. Autofocus, on the other hand, relies on the camera's built-in technology to automatically adjust the focus for you, usually by detecting contrast or phase differences in the scene. Autofocus can be convenient, especially for fast-moving subjects or when you need to capture a quick shot, whereas manual focus allows for precise adjustments and creative control over the final image.

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