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02-02-2013, 07:29 AM   #1
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DA 60 - 250 or DA 300 ?

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If you could select from only 1, which would you chose? Going to be used for traveling, landscape, nature, and wildlife basically. I know both are great lenses, but hard to pick. 300 probably sharpest and more compact, but other has maybe more versatility.

What do you think?

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I can't say for sure........I just received my DA 60-250 yesterday. I like zooms and it doesn't seem as much like a specialty lens as the 300. I like versatality and I think the 60-250 will be perfect for me.

For instance, if I go on a few hour hike I only need one lens. For me, not everything I shoot can be shot at 300mm.

I will probably carry my Sigma 17-70 to cover the bases............
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I have the 60-250. Marvelous lens but I'm thinking about switching to the 300 for the extra reach for wildlife. With your requirements the zoom would be your best bet.
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2 very different lenses if you ask me, and so it comes down to a personal choice.

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After reading the reviews for the 60-250 it sounds like it is one amazing lens. I would get way more use out of it for birding, sports, and even weddings. The reviews say it is sharp from one end to the other....close enough to a prime for me.
If the optics are as good as my 50-135 2.8, then I would not need any primes except a macro and 14mm possibly.
Like others say, it all depends on what you are using it for, but for me personally it is how many times it comes out of the bag that counts

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I chose between these for a good tele a year ago or so. It was definitely not an easy choice, but it all came down to what I wanted from it, and since I wanted a non-limiting WR AF tele, I chose to go with the zoom, despite otherwise preferring primes. I've so far never tried the 300, but the 60-250 is insanely good. Excepting full-frame compatibility, I can think of nothing it lacks. It's too bad that winter in Sweden is so dark and lifeless, or I would be out shooting with it right now.
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I chose the DA*300 because of slightly longer reach and sharper, especially @ f4. Both of these become more important with a TC added. Regarding reach, both are Internal Focus lenses, which means they lose some focal length at subject distances below infinity, but my research said that zooms suffer more range loss than primes.

The final deciding factor for me was magnification, .24X vs .15X. I like to shoot flowers, butterflies, dragonflies, etc with a long tele, and I value close focus ability more than zoom.
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I chose the DA* 300 for a very simple reason: I knew from past experience with tele zooms, that if I got the 60-250, I would be using it at least 90% of the time at 250mm, while wishing the lens went longer. In other words, you get the zoom if you think you're going to make liberal use of its entire range. If you're mostly going to be using the long end of it, you're better off with the DA* 300.

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Had both. Sold the 300... Now have both again. I feel that they are both fine lenses with different uses. The 300 has great close focus for bugs and flowers and handles well for wildlife. The 60-250 is my choice for travel paired with the 16-50. It is good for some wildlife and portrait work. I really like having them both.
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They're both outstanding lenses. As an IF zoom, the 60-250 has the usual issue of a shorter effective focal length at the closer end of the focus range, to the extent that for relatively close-in birding (5 to 10 meters), it's really more like a 200mm lens at the long end. I want the reach so I'm selling my 60-250. YMMV.
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I have da * 300 and will receiving soon da * 60 250. If only wildlife off course da 300 but closer objects need zoom. So i plan to buy 60 250. Also keep da 300 for long distance.
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I did not disclose that I already have an F 70 -210 which is not bad for an older lens. The comment made about shooting more at the long end of the 60 -250 is probably right on correct. Therefore, probably smarter to go with longer reach of the 300.

Any other decent teleconverters that would work with the 300 besides the 1.7x ?

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I chose the DA*300 since I generally like primes and wanted all the reach I could get.

Price & weight didn't come into it. They weigh about the same & where/when I bought it the the price was about the same.
I don't particularly like to pack heavy, the 300 is my heaviest lens by far

I've used it specifically for hiking (wildlife), birds and some outdoor sports & motorsport.

Landscapes? not really unless all of the interesting landscape is in the 3 degree angle of horizon directly in front.

For photographic birds, 300mm is generally accepted as the minimum starting point, unless you are very stealthy and patient.


The only downside, maybe versatility? I went to the zoo the other day with the family, took my 300. I got some nice shots of a Zebra's eyelashes, a leaping trained seal's head, front 1/2 of a Sun Bear, Ostrich with no legs. I used my 18-135 more. The 60-250 could be a better choice in this instance.

Teleconverters? I occasionally use with the 1.7x but this does blunt the performance a bit and it allows only the use of the centre focus point, not so good for tracking.
The DA*300 also has the resolution to handle reasonable cropping.
The AFA 1.7x doesnt use the lenses SDM. Other teleconverters which work using the SDM are Kenko 1.5 PZ-AF TeleplusSHQ and a Tamron-F 1.4x PZ-AF. Haven't tried these but have read that the SDM doesn't always hit first time on the f4 lenses with tele fitted.


Is there anyway to justify both the 60-250 and 300?
I think if I was going on an expensive photography holiday like wildlife safari or similar then I'd want 2 bodies with, the 60-250 for anything closer than 100yards and 300 for anything small or more distant.
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QuoteOriginally posted by steve1307 Quote


The only downside, maybe versatility? I went to the zoo the other day with the family, took my 300. I got some nice shots of a Zebra's eyelashes, a leaping trained seal's head, front 1/2 of a Sun Bear, Ostrich with no legs. I used my 18-135 more. The 60-250 could be a better choice in this instance.
Haha!

In a zoo last summer I took both the 18-135 and the 55-300 expecting to use the latter more. In the end the 18-135 didn't come off the camera.
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QuoteOriginally posted by kiteman Quote
I did not disclose that I already have an F 70 -210 which is not bad for an older lens. The comment made about shooting more at the long end of the 60 -250 is probably right on correct. Therefore, probably smarter to go with longer reach of the 300.

Any other decent teleconverters that would work with the 300 besides the 1.7x ?

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Seeing the images on the colorthewind website I'd say the 60-250 is going to be more versatile for you.

Although you could also consider the 300 and something more compact and versatile on another body (eg 18-135 on a K-01).
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