This time we are taking a look at what we feel is the best wildlife lens for Pentax k70 cameras currently available on the market right now. Now, in reality, the best lens if we pull out all the stops and have an unlimited budget is probably something like the Pentax 150-450mm but it is very expensive and out of the budget of most of our readers.
That said, we have settled on two very good lenses that will provide some excellent wildlife photographs for your k70 that we will feature in detail in our article. The first one is probably the best mix of price, performance, and functionality whereas the second is probably the best entry-level wildlife lens on the market. We feel focusing on both of these price points we will be able to cover the budgets of the vast majority of our readers and ensure that you get yourself a great wildlife lens. Additionally, we will be sharing a bunch of example wildlife photographs captures using each of the lenses throughout the article.
The Pentax HD DA 55-300mm f/4.5-6.3 ED PLM WR RE
The build quality of the Pentax 55-300mm is excellent and has resulted in a very robust lens that can take plenty of knocks during travel without taking any damage. The lens will also attach directly to the lens mount on your Pentax k70 camera body with its metal cast lens mount offering a firm connection that helps improve overall image quality.
Considering the price point in the market, we feel that the Pentax 55-300mm is one of the best telephoto lenses on the market right now. It easily outperforms the vast majority of the competition lenses, especwildlifer wilflife photography and has rightly managed to earn itself one of the best reputations within the niche.
The design of the Pentax 55-300mm is also ideal for wildlife photography as you can focus on looking through your viewfinder and keeping the animal on shot while tweaking your manual focus and zoom rings as required. Due to the texurised grip on both of the rings you can easily locate them with just your finger tips while also being able to opperate them in both cold and wet weather.
As you will probably be aware, no lens is perfect and the Pentax 55-300mm is no different. The main down fall of this lens is its low light performance but in all honsty, this should not actually be an issue for the majority of wilflife photography situations anyway.
If you have the budget available and are looking to pick up an excellent wildlife photography lens for your Pentax k70 then you should seriously give the Pentax 55-300mm your consideration.
The video below offers an additional third-party, independent review for the Pentax HD DA 55-300mm to offer our readers an independent opinion of the product.
The Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 Di LD
Due to being a budget lens, there are a few downsides. For example, the build quality of the lens is nowhere near as good as the Pentax 55-300mm covered above and in all honesty, we feel it may sustain damage pretty easily if it takes a few knocks. The manual focus and manual zoom rings also have a little too much resistance but they do get the job done.
The mount on the lens will attach directly to your Pentax k70 without issue though and it is very easy to mount and unmount the lens as needed. The low light performance of the lens is actually surprisingly good though considering its price tag as shown in the photograph below. Its excellent telephoto zoom focal range also allows you to keep your distance from the wildlife while still getting your self some great photos.
If you are on a tight budget then the Tamron AF 70-300mm is an excellent choice for your Pentax k70 and has perfect functionality for use as a wildlife lens. It is very popular and has earned a solid reputation within the community over the years and will make a great addition to your camera accessories.
The video below offers an additional third-party, independent review for the Tamron AF 70-300mm to offer our readers an independent opinion of the product.
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Michael Fraley – San Francisco Zoo 653 – https://flic.kr/p/2dSQzge
sasastro – Roe deer – https://flic.kr/p/FucTEn
sasastro – About to spring off – https://flic.kr/p/FgaKRi
Toshihiro Gamo – 野毛山動物園のレッサーパンダのキンタ(♀) (Red Panda of Nogeyama Zoo) – https://flic.kr/p/eummDb
David Schiersner – Wildpark Hundshaupten – https://flic.kr/p/gtD1SS