I think it comes down to what "quality" level you need or demand..
IF it is for just a "fun" lens .... then I think it should be worth the money..
IF you are a professional "nature" photographer, and your income depends on ultra-sharp "whiskers" on a Tiger at 1000 yds.; .... then I suggest it would not be adequate..
The FACT is that "most" people don't use super-long telephotos very often anyway ... so it is economically reasonable to get a "cheap" one for occasional use..
But again ... if you intend to use it very often .... then you may be able to justify a higher cost..
QUALITY wise .... you biggest challenge with such a long lens is camera shake.... so a heavy/SOLID tripod is essential..
Has anyone tested the Phoenix Zoom Lens 650-1300mm for K10 Pentax?.
Thanks for reading .... JoePhoto.
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I second JoePhoto, it isn't going to be the best lens you've ever used, but it will most lile;u be fun to play with..
Can you really expect tack sharp 1300mm shots from a $200 lens? No. Can you maybe get a few decent shots anyway? Sure..
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Unless I'm mistaken, that lens is a t-mount, which means manual focus and aperture. Many cameras can't even meter with such lenses, though I don't know about the K10D...
You're probably better with a Pentax 75-300 unless your budget includes the $750 Sigma 170-500...
As the other posters have told you: the quality of this lens will probably be as good as you can expect at the price these Phoenix (or Samyang, as they're also known) lenses are sold for..
Personally, I wouldn't bother. See if you can find a nice used 400 or 500mm. (a Sigma for instance, or a 5.6/400mm. Panagor) prime and buy a teleconverter. Shouldn't be that expensive and the quality will be so much better..
There's no problem so big that you can't run away from it!..
I also think you'd be better off with a 75-300 ( cheap and light ) lens or similar..
I have a 2x converter which gives me 600mm with it if I am desperate. Now 2x converters reduce the quality of the image, but I doubt it's worse than the 650-1300 would be..
Incidentally you'll be focusing manually either way ( converter or big lens )..
Also the combined weight of the 75-300 with the converter is about a third that of the big lens. The converter can also be used on other lenses..
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Hi: It is auto for the K10...More of a fun toy...I ha ve seriout lenses for other tasks. B..