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06-19-2010, 08:46 AM   #1
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Pentax 50-135mm or 60-250mm?

Hello to all, and good day. I can't decide which lens is overall better to get.


smc PENTAX DA Star 50-135mm F2.8 ED (IF) SDM

smc PENTAX DA Star 60-250mm F4 ED (IF) SDM

I plan to use it for wildlife for landscape sports mainly for outside use. I want to know which one is a faster and better lens in terms of IQ? I was planing on buying the 50-135mm, but the 60-250mm covers more distance, so i wouldn't have to purchase the 200mm limited or 300mm in that focal range. I heard that the 60-250mm is a sharp lens, but can't find a side by side comparison with the 50-135mm. My biggest concirn is the Image quaility, i don't mide the waight, price too much. Or if you feel there are better lens for the money ex: sigma 70-200mm, let me know. Thanks.

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QuoteOriginally posted by A.M.92 Quote
Hello to all, and good day. I can't decide which lens is overall better to get.


smc PENTAX DA Star 50-135mm F2.8 ED (IF) SDM

smc PENTAX DA Star 60-250mm F4 ED (IF) SDM

I plan to use it for wildlife for landscape sports mainly for outside use. I want to know which one is a faster and better lens in terms of IQ? I was planing on buying the 50-135mm, but the 60-250mm covers more distance, so i wouldn't have to purchase the 200mm limited or 300mm in that focal range. I heard that the 60-250mm is a sharp lens, but can't find a side by side comparison with the 50-135mm. My biggest concirn is the Image quaility, i don't mide the waight, price too much. Or if you feel there are better lens for the money ex: sigma 70-200mm, let me know. Thanks.
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QuoteOriginally posted by A.M.92 Quote
Hello to all, and good day. I can't decide which lens is overall better to get.


smc PENTAX DA Star 50-135mm F2.8 ED (IF) SDM

smc PENTAX DA Star 60-250mm F4 ED (IF) SDM

I plan to use it for wildlife for landscape sports mainly for outside use. I want to know which one is a faster and better lens in terms of IQ? I was planing on buying the 50-135mm, but the 60-250mm covers more distance, so i wouldn't have to purchase the 200mm limited or 300mm in that focal range. I heard that the 60-250mm is a sharp lens, but can't find a side by side comparison with the 50-135mm. My biggest concirn is the Image quaility, i don't mide the waight, price too much. Or if you feel there are better lens for the money ex: sigma 70-200mm, let me know. Thanks.
If you are planning to use the lens for wildlife and landscapes, the 50-135mm is NOT for you. It is simply not long enough for those applications, not to mention the 60-250 covers almost equivalent focal lengths and much more. Also, IQ between the two are excellent (personal experience+ photozone.de), but the 50-135mm is used more for events, portraits, and uses I have yet to discover but definetly not sports or landscapes (at least not nearly as well as a lens with longer+more range).

Also, consider the sigma 100-300mm f/4. More range than the 60-250mm on the long end (most users say this extra 50mm is negligible but that is up to you to decide) and has faster AF, but is not weather sealed and has considerably less range on the wide end.

Hope this helps!

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For wildlife, longer is better. The Sigma 100-300 will give you greater flexibility for that purpose. I believe the Sigma 1.4x TC will auto focus with that lens to give you even more reach with very good IQ. For landscape, something in the 10-24mm range would be a better choice. The Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 HSM II and a TC would work well but you will lose auto focus with that combo. You could also pick up a manual prime for landscapes if $s are limited

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QuoteOriginally posted by A.M.92 Quote
Hello to all, and good day. I can't decide which lens is overall better to get.


smc PENTAX DA Star 50-135mm F2.8 ED (IF) SDM

smc PENTAX DA Star 60-250mm F4 ED (IF) SDM

I plan to use it for wildlife for landscape sports mainly for outside use. I want to know which one is a faster and better lens in terms of IQ? I was planing on buying the 50-135mm, but the 60-250mm covers more distance, so i wouldn't have to purchase the 200mm limited or 300mm in that focal range. I heard that the 60-250mm is a sharp lens, but can't find a side by side comparison with the 50-135mm. My biggest concirn is the Image quaility, i don't mide the waight, price too much. Or if you feel there are better lens for the money ex: sigma 70-200mm, let me know. Thanks.
Between the DA*50-135 and DA*60-250, I would go with the DA*60-250 (for the use you described).

I've gone through quite a few lenses in this range (DA*50-135, DA*60-250, DA*200, DA*300, Tamron 70-200/2.8, Sigma 70-200/2.8 and the Sigma 100-300/4) and ended up keeping the 50-135, 60-250 and 200. I actually don't find myself reaching for the 200 all that much as I am quite happy with the IQ from the 60-250 and generally prefer the versatility of the zoom to the extra stop of the prime. If I know I won't need the reach, or if I need the extra stop, I'll generally grab my 50-135.

That said, the IQ of the DA*300 I used to own was amazing. If you want/need the extra reach and IQ is your top priority, I would also consider the 300; either in addition to or instead of one of the other DA* zooms.
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I'd echo the same as above, adding that along with the 100-300/4 as an option, which is a very good and fast telezoom, there is the choice of having a Tamron 70-200/2.8 and adding a 1.4x TC, which gives the lens an extra 80mm of reach - useful if you want to keep the wider end of the focal range.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Ash Quote
I'd echo the same as above, adding that along with the 100-300/4 as an option, which is a very good and fast telezoom, there is the choice of having a Tamron 70-200/2.8 and adding a 1.4x TC, which gives the lens an extra 80mm of reach - useful if you want to keep the wider end of the focal range.
Agreed. I've also owned both the Sigma 100-300/4 and more recently the Tamron 70-200 (+1.4x TC) and consider both to be excellent lenses. If I didn't already own the DA*60-250, I probably would have kept the Tamron 70-200 as it's a super sharp lens that has pretty amazing IQ. Some people don't care for the Tamron 70-200's AF speed, and while perhaps it's not as fast as the Sigma 70-200, I felt it was at least par with my 60-250 (on both my Kx and K7).

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