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07-03-2012, 05:25 PM   #1
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Is the PENTAX DA* 60-250MM F4 good

Hey guys I went to a wildlife center on the weekend and was shocked because I was unable to get any pictures, my 18-55 was not long enough and my 300 prime was way to long. I don't really like zooms but I guess having one in your kit would help. If I get one I want one that covers more then one need to save money and space so I am looking at using it for family and zoo type shots as well I am going back packing into Algonquin park and would like a lens to capture what ever happens fromn wildlife and scenery to general people shots. For this use the weather proofing would be a big plus.

I am not worried about wight as I carry my DA*300 with my everywhere for hours on end and have no issues.

the only other lens would be the 50- 135 but it may be to short for my needs unless there are other options?

what do you guys think?



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Here is the review link. You can read what owners think about it. I have a Sigma 50-500 I use for wildlife, and though I like it I don't think it is in the same class as the 60-250.
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No beating around the bush- it's great. Plenty short and plenty long for a whole variety of wildlife.
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Amazingly sensational. It is the only zoom that is permanent in my kit. All my other zooms collect dust. I do like using my 50-135 for landscapes, but it is not worth carrying both. For wildlife you can't be swapping lenses every minute. I use my 60- 250 with my sigma 500. the combination blows away my old bigma (50-500). The lens is a really solid lump. Compared to the bigma it doesn't extend to far to kill your back after a day's use. My 60-250 lives on a rapid shoulder strap and its a nice balanced place to keep it. being WR allows all weather use.

I would think 2 rapid straps one for the 60-250 and the other for the 300. will do the job. (assuming you have 2 bodies) I am determined enough to use the 60-250 plus a 500. Just watch a few more ranbo movies to get the idea.

My kit is about to have a 5 week holiday in Africa. It will be interesting how my back holds out.

I got my best ever photos in our zoos nocturnal house with the 60-250. (with flash) I worked there for 10 years and have used whatever gear I have owned in the 25 years since I left.

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I have the DA* 60-250 and the FA*300 4.5. For comparison sake with this thread, I will assume that the FA*300 is very similar in IQ as your DA* 300.

I've done a lot of comparison shooting with these two lenses and no matter how far I pixel-peep, I can't see any difference between the two lenses as far as IQ. With that said, it then comes down to use of each lens. Actually, I almost thought of selling my FA*300 when I got my 60-250 because I felt it might be redundant since acquiring the zoom. But, I've found specific uses for each, and will likely never part with either.

You say you really don't like zooms - is this possibly because of a preconceived notion that zooms lack IQ compared to primes? In a lot of cases this may be true, but the 60-250 is different in my eyes. Like I said, I can not find any difference between the images taken with the "zoom" compared to the "prime".

Your thoughts of use for this zoom are right on. I will usually use my 300 prime when out in the woods looking for small song birds, but I've found quite a few times where something else shows it's face and the 300 is too tight. This is where the focal length of the 60-250 shines.

Don't shy away from the 60-250 just because it is a "zoom" because the images I get with it certainly rival those taken with my 300 prime.
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I think I am sold and to answer stormtech I don't really like zooms because I have never had a good one except the 18-55 and a sigma 70-300 witch I found totally dreadful.
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QuoteOriginally posted by coreyhkh Quote
I think I am sold and to answer stormtech I don't really like zooms because I have never had a good one except the 18-55 and a sigma 70-300 witch I found totally dreadful.
And well noted about the zooms - I felt the same way until I started shooting with the 60-250 - definitely prime quality - hence the price I guess - but very well worth it!

Here is a shot @250mm f5.6 through a double glass door - click on the thumbnail for large view then click on the larger view for a really big view - pretty nice detail I think......

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o wow thats good enough IQ for me.

thanks alot now its time to save.

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Talk about saving. It could be cheaper to buy from Australia. In Aus retailers can't be told what to sell their products for. I use digital direct. Find Pentax Lenses & Buy a Pentax Camera Lens Online | DigiDIRECT Australia. They may not charge you GST so that would be 10% less.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Bob from Aus Quote
Talk about saving. It could be cheaper to buy from Australia.
Not much cheaper, the OP is in the Great White North. Price here is (still) around $1300-1400... so now the Yanks shop here for their pharma and glass!
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QuoteOriginally posted by panoguy Quote
Not much cheaper, the OP is in the Great White North. Price here is (still) around $1300-1400... so now the Yanks shop here for their pharma and glass
I paid about the same price last Christmas in AUS.
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I got a 3 month old MINT 60-250 with sales receipts on eBay for 900.. a steal. Unfortunately I was dumb enough to sell both K-5's so I can't use it now anyway. (Please don't ask to buy it. lol)

Here's an MTF chart of the sharpest F-stops of the lens against the DA*50-135, Tamron 70-200, the DA*200 and both FA* & DA*300 lenses. F7.1 would be the sharpest setting .. sharper than the graph would indicate.(this graph is a mix of f5.6 & f8 values)

DA*60-250 is the dark purple and the DA*50-135 is the crimson and the two 300 MM lenses are far right.

*note the 200mm 3/4 of the way across.

The zoom is sharper than just about all of them bar the 50-135 whilst the telephotos are hovering about the 'excellent' line (green). The difference is only about 200 lines though.
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Reading this thread has made me happy :-)
I ordered a 60-250 yesterday so it should be with me soon.
Sounds like I made a good investment
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I had in for some time and it is a very good lens:

DA*60-250mm/f4 test
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QuoteOriginally posted by RonHendriks1966 Quote
I had in for some time and it is a very good lens:

DA*60-250mm/f4 test
Hi Ron, is this lens suitable for sports? I think you had this lens but later sold it for Sigma 70-200 OS
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