Pentax SMC DA 300mm F4 ED (IF) SDM

Last Updated (16 November’12):
- Review & Sample Photos @ TechRadar

The Pentax SMC DA 300mm F4 ED (IF) SDM features 300mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/4. The lens construction has 8 elements in 6 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 5.4 degrees. Closest focusing distance at 55.2 inches (1.4m) and has a filter size of 77mm. The Pentax SMC DA 300mm F4 ED (IF) SDM lens weighs 37.7 oz. (1,070g) and it measures 3.3 inches in diameter and 7.2 inches long.

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Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info


Expert Reviews

Pentax SMC DA 300mm F4 ED (IF) SDM Reviews

Photozone reviews the Pentax SMC DA 300mm F4 ED (IF) SDM and writes;
“In terms of resolution and contrast the lens is able to produce very good results straight from the max. aperture setting. The level of distortions is negligible and vignetting and lateral chromatic aberrations (CAs) are not field-relevant either. The quality of the bokeh (out-of-focus blur) is very decent except for highlight outlining at f/4. The amount of bokeh fringing is very well controlled.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Video Reviews

Pentax SMC DA 300mm F4 ED (IF) SDM Reviews

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User Opinions

Pentax SMC DA 300mm F4 ED (IF) SDM User Reviews

Legendary Lens in the Making | Rating: ★★★★★
“Auto-focus is very fast, accurate and nearly silent on my K10D. Sharpness is excellent wide-open at f4 and continues through at least f16 before diffraction begins to take a toll. The tripod mount is very well made and allows the photographer to flip the camera from landscape to portrait position with great ease. Color rendition is superb and the bokeh is like the finest creamery butter. I’ve already used it in mild rainy conditions with no adverse effects, thanks to its weather-sealing. Vignetting and chromatic aberrations are very well-controlled.” – by Tbear

Top of The Line | Rating: ★★★★★
“Auto-focus is very fast, accurate and practically silent on my K10D and K20D. Excellent Sharpness. Colors are great on either camera but superb when used on the K20D in Landscape Mode. Bokeh is smooth and creamery. Great on a tripod or hand held. I have used this lens to capture eagles in flight at Real Foot Lake in Kentucky, Bears in the Great Smokey Mountains, and as a macro in the Rose Garden of Cape Girardeau all with fantastic results. Cropping to zero in on my Bears left little or no distortion and maintained the creamy bokeh. I have not noticed any Vignetting and chromatic aberrations yet.” – by J. Gilbert

Lens Review | Rating: ★★★★★
“I gave this item as a gift to an expert photographer, who indicated that this lens has been the most desirable addition to his collection of other PENTAX lenses.” – by H. Asmus

Simply Superb | Rating: ★★★★★
“Color rendition is true to life and the sharpness is amazing, even wide open. (The reason for this may be assisted by the fact that everything you shoot with this lens is fairly far away and often in the same infinite focal plane.) The SDM makes for a fast, quiet focus…” – by Ryan Freeman

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Samples

Pentax SMC DA 300mm F4 ED (IF) SDM Sample Photos

- Pentax SMC DA 300mm F4 ED (IF) SDM Sample Photos @ Pbase.com
- Pentax SMC DA 300mm F4 ED (IF) SDM Sample Photos @ Flickr.com
- Pentax SMC DA 300mm F4 ED (IF) SDM Sample Photos @ Amazon.com

Features & Specifications

Pentax SMC DA 300mm F4 ED (IF) SDM Specifications

Pentax DA 300mm f/4 ED (IF) SDM Auto Focus Telephoto Lens Features
The high performance DA* 300mm ED (IF) lens incorporates an SDM system which creates a smoother, quieter auto focus. Featuring a Quick-shift Focus System, switching from auto focus to manual is instantaneous. Weather and dust resistant, it’s the perfect lens for extreme weather conditions. Developed specifically for PENTAX digital SLRs, the DA* 300mm ED (IF) SDM lens has PENTAX SP coating which protects the exposed lens elements, and a focal length equivalent to 450mm in the 35mm format.

Features

* High performance telephoto lens
* SDM system creates smoother, quieter auto focus
* Weather resistant and dust resistant body
* Quick-shift Focus System for instant switching from auto focus to manual focus
* PENTAX SP coating protects the exposed lens elements
* ED elements compensate for chromatic aberration
* Developed specifically for PENTAX digital SLRs
* Focal length equivalent to 450mm in the 35mm format

What’s in The Box:

* Pentax DA 300mm F4 ED(IF) SDM (21760)
* Lens Hood PH-RBK 77mm (38758)
* Lens Cap O-LC77 77mm (31516)
* Rear Lens Cap B (31006)
* Lens Soft Case S120-210 (37751)


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