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04-12-2012, 02:54 PM   #1
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Pentax DA* 60-250mm f/4 vs Sigma 100-300mm f/4 APO

Any Pentaxian own or has tested both copies of these lenses?

If so, how do the lenses compare?

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I did not compare them head to head, but the sigma saw softened significantly in the longer end. Something I did not observe with DA*. I enjojed the contrast and bokeh subjectively more with the DA* as well.
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I've only tried the 60-250. Was impressed with contrast and sharpness.
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My uncle has the sigma and have used it several times and have used the DA*60-250 for an hour on a pentax meet.

DA*60-250
+ weather sealed
+ contrast
+ colour
- busy bokeh
- slow focus
- extend while zooming

Sigma 100-300
+ fast focus
+ soft bokeh
+ focus and zoom internal


I myself would go for the sigma because i really didn't like the handling and the bokeh of the DA* but this something personal.

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I think Anvh has done a good mini-review there.
However keep in mind that the Sigma 100-300 is not available new and is hard to find S/H (unless this has changed recently?).
Also in my opinion the bokeh from the DA* 60-250 is really nice for a zoom. Also apparently lighter and more compact when at 60mm than the 100-300. Also 60-100mm can be useful on occasion.

I haven't tried the 100-300 myself but I do own the DA* 60-250, it's a great lens. I think you can't go wrong either way.
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I own the Sigma. It's a fabulous lens. I have not used the DA*. I do know when I was shopping, I frequently saw "prime quality" on the Sigma reviews. I don't believe I saw it on the reviews of the DA*. I agree that it is prime quality (all my other lenses are primes and it produces images similar IQ). For me, those 2 words, plus 300mm was what caused me to pull the trigger. Also, regarding the Sigma being hard to find. I thought it was to and then one night I decided I better start trying to find one so I posted in the wanted section (expecting to wait weeks or months for a reply). I got a reply a few hours later and owned it shortly thereafter.
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QuoteOriginally posted by L33tGreg Quote
I own the Sigma. It's a fabulous lens. I have not used the DA*. I do know when I was shopping, I frequently saw "prime quality" on the Sigma reviews. I don't believe I saw it on the reviews of the DA*. I agree that it is prime quality (all my other lenses are primes and it produces images similar IQ). For me, those 2 words, plus 300mm was what caused me to pull the trigger. Also, regarding the Sigma being hard to find. I thought it was to and then one night I decided I better start trying to find one so I posted in the wanted section (expecting to wait weeks or months for a reply). I got a reply a few hours later and owned it shortly thereafter.
I think the 60-250 is as sharp as the DA 300, it is also bigger. Klaus on photozone actually liked the DA 60-250 better than the DA 300.

As to lens selection between the Sigma/Pentax, I would choose based on focal lengths -- which is more important, the 60-100 range (which I would choose) versus the 250 - 300mm range. In my personal opinion, it is usually easier to crop than to back up.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Rondec Quote
In my personal opinion, it is usually easier to crop than to back up.
Particularly if your subject is a landscape 2 miles a way. that adds up to some very big steps back

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