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01-16-2013, 09:48 AM   #1
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Physical size difference DA* zooms

DA* 60-250 vs. DA* 50-135

I can look at the dimensions and weights of these 2 lenses all day long, but it just doesn't give me a real feel for the difference in size and handling. Does anyone have a photo of these 2 lenses side by side, or could take one for me? I own the 60-250, but thinking of adding the 50-135 for the smaller size/weight and handling.

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Unfortunately I don't have both any more, but the 60-250mm is a lot bigger. The 50-135mm doesn't extend while zooming, whereas the other lens does. I still prefer the 60-250mm because of the added reach, though.

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I find that the DA*50-135 balance better and lies better in the hand then the DA*60-250 but if you don't need the F/2.8 then surely the extra range will interest you right?
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Unfortunately I don't have both any more, but the 60-250mm is a lot bigger. The 50-135mm doesn't extend while zooming, whereas the other lens does. I still prefer the 60-250mm because of the added reach, though.
As do I - the 60-250 is my favorite lens. But I have a hard time holding anything anymore - need to use the 60-250 on a tripod. I was thinking the 50-135 would be light/small enough for me to hand hold but of course would not have the same reach.

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OK - how about any comparison shots of the DA*50-135 with the DA*16-50?

I'm trying to get a comparison photos with a lens that I own.
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This link shows the 50-135 and 16-50 side by side: Pentax confirm two DA Star Zoom Lenses: Digital Photography Review. The 50-135 and 16-50 are really pretty similar in weight. The 16-50 is quite a bit shorter, though and wider, while the 50-135 is longer and thinner. As Adam mentions, the 50-135 is an internal zoom, so it does not extend at all when zooming.
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This link shows the 50-135 and 16-50 side by side: Pentax confirm two DA Star Zoom Lenses: Digital Photography Review. The 50-135 and 16-50 are really pretty similar in weight. The 16-50 is quite a bit shorter, though and wider, while the 50-135 is longer and thinner. As Adam mentions, the 50-135 is an internal zoom, so it does not extend at all when zooming.
Thank you - that image is very helpful.
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I had the DA*60-250, but did not like the bulk, slowish maximum aperture and lack of internal zoom. At 250 it becomes a very big lens. Interestingly, the reach (and sharpness for that matter) of my Sigma 70-200 at 200 was better than the DA*60-250 at 250, and at a full stop quicker the weather resistance became less of an issue. Having the DA*300 for real reach probably helped.

I recently bought the DA*50-135 and I am *very* impressed - much smaller and *ridiculous* IQ: a genuine bag of primes. I greatly prefer the handling with the internal zoom.

I don't think including the DA*16-50 into the comparison is fair as there is no overlap in focal lengths. It's a completely different lens. For what it's worth, I really like it.

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I had the DA*60-250, but did not like the bulk, slowish maximum aperture and lack of internal zoom. At 250 it becomes a very big lens. Interestingly, the reach (and sharpness for that matter) of my Sigma 70-200 at 200 was better than the DA*60-250 at 250, and at a full stop quicker the weather resistance became less of an issue. Having the DA*300 for real reach probably helped.

I recently bought the DA*50-135 and I am *very* impressed - much smaller and *ridiculous* IQ: a genuine bag of primes. I greatly prefer the handling with the internal zoom.

I don't think including the DA*16-50 into the comparison is fair as there is no overlap in focal lengths. It's a completely different lens. For what it's worth, I really like it.
I guess I should explain my reasoning for looking at the 50-135 - maybe more just LBA lust than anything......and for the record I already own the DA* 16-50 and DA* 60-250.

I have the 60-250 and love it, but I like my FA* 300 4.5 better. My wife likes a zoom, and doesn't really want to learn all the aspects of aperture control and/or shutter speed. But, she has a great eye for composition and "seeing" that image in something where I don't a lot of times. She likes the 60-250, and I recently aquired a K-x for her to use - out of all the cameras I've tried over the years she liked the K-x the best as far as handling. So, the 60-250 is pretty much glued to the K-x now for her use.

So I was thinking of the 50-135 as a walk around lens for hand holding. The 60-250 and 300 I have to use on a tripod most of the time because my hands/fingers don't work so well anymore, so I am looking for something lighter/smaller for hand holding. The Sigma 70-200 would fall back into the category of tripod use.

The only hesitation with just buying a 50-135 is for one, I didn't have this urge for the lens back at the end of November when I could have purchased it new for $749. Knowing that I am having a hard time paying that same price for a used one. And.....I would have to sell my DA* 55 to help pay for it. I love the 55, but don't use it much. I am more of a zoom person now that I can't get around too well and am usually stationary when out shooting. I do not do any indoor shooting or portraits either.

So with all that I have the urge to try the 50-135 but wanted to be sure it would be small/light enough for me to hand hold compared to the 60-250.
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I reckon the 50-135 would be perfect for you Stan. You won't regret it.
It would be a wrench to part with the 55, but it sounds like it doesn't really fit your shooting style.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Adam Quote
Unfortunately I don't have both any more
I thought you had every lens in existence
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QuoteOriginally posted by bdery Quote
I thought you had every lens in existence
I do pretty much, as long as they aren't DX lenses!

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I had the DA*60-250, very easy to handle.
I think it is about the same diameter as the DA*16-50.

I don't have the DA*50-135, but it is easier to carry than the FA*80-200
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I reckon the 50-135 would be perfect for you Stan. You won't regret it.
It would be a wrench to part with the 55, but it sounds like it doesn't really fit your shooting style.
Well I just have to try one now. I put up a trade offer in the Marketplace - will see if I get any bites if someone has a 50-135 but would like the 55 instead.
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Adam, why no "DX" lenses anymore? I find most FF focal lengths less-than ideal on APC. Also, aren't u missing out on compactness provided by many of the DA's?
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