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02-07-2014, 02:13 PM   #61
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QuoteOriginally posted by WizBird Quote
I tried to focus both with auto focus as well as manual. Same result. Took shots at 250, 100, 135, 55mm. Used F8 as that should be the sweet spot. Looked soft even in the center. Performed in camera crops. Can usual go to x8 before image gets real bad. With the 55-250 could not get even close to that. Took photos with and without Lens Correction engaged. Nothing rattling in lens. Looked great; was tight and no apparent damage. I did not try any other means to adjust. Tried to use it same as I would with any lens I have. Now when I put my Pentax 50mm F1.4 lens on and take photos there is now doubt but that the results are superior. I expected that to be the case with the 55-250mm. But they weren't. Maybe soft isn't the right description. Better yet they just weren't sharp/crisp.My camera is a K5. The images should have been better then my Pentax 18-135mm WR but they weren't.
Just curious, but in two posts you refer to the lens as a 55-250mm. You even mentioned taking a shot at 55mm. You realize this is a 60-250mm lens?

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QuoteOriginally posted by cali92rs Quote
Just curious, but in two posts you refer to the lens as a 55-250mm. You even mentioned taking a shot at 55mm. You realize this is a 60-250mm lens?
Just a mistake. Went to this page to review the 55-300 lens. Have never had one and since i had the problem with the 60-250 I'm considering trying the 55-300mm. The lens I had the problem with is/was the 60-250mm. In fact it is sitting across from me now in the box ready to go back to Amazon as soon as I get the shipping label. (UPS). To many numbers to keep straight.
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QuoteOriginally posted by WizBird Quote
Just a mistake. Went to this page to review the 55-300 lens. Have never had one and since i had the problem with the 60-250 I'm considering trying the 55-300mm. The lens I had the problem with is/was the 60-250mm. In fact it is sitting across from me now in the box ready to go back to Amazon as soon as I get the shipping label. (UPS). To many numbers to keep straight.
Thats too bad...but it is such an expensive lens you definitely should be 100% satisfied.
FYI I had the 55-300mm lens (not the new one, but they share the same optics). It is one of the best bang-for-the-buck lenses ive ever owned.
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I just received my new 55-300 WR today. I took it for a spin this evening for some sunset pics. I think I did OK, but this going to take a shift in my thinking. I'm used to doing every single thing on the camera manually. Today is the first time I've used my K-30 with any kind of automatic settings.

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QuoteOriginally posted by TonyTurley Quote
I just received my new 55-300 WR today. I took it for a spin this evening for some sunset pics. I think I did OK, but this going to take a shift in my thinking. I'm used to doing every single thing on the camera manually. Today is the first time I've used my K-30 with any kind of automatic settings.

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I'm not understand why using this lens would be any different than any other F, FA, DA, etc. generation lens. Were you using manual because you had only K, M, or M42 lenses previously?
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QuoteOriginally posted by cali92rs Quote
Thats too bad...but it is such an expensive lens you definitely should be 100% satisfied.
FYI I had the 55-300mm lens (not the new one, but they share the same optics). It is one of the best bang-for-the-buck lenses ive ever owned.
Thanks for listening to me and adding your comments. I paid attention to your last comment on the 55-300 and I will give it a try when I get things straighten out with returning the 60-250mm. You have an impressive array of equipment and I see that you do have a 60-250 and I assume you like it or you won't have it. When I get a piece of equipment that I like I hang on to it. I was very fortunate to deal with a small camera store in Union NJ. The hands on owner was very savvy (and honest) and I trusted his judgement. I used photo equipment in my business and took an average of 250 photos per week. I'll not bore you with all the equipment I went through. He turned me on to Pentax and I had the first auto focus film camera they produced; forget the model number. I got two lens with it; SMC FA 35-70 and the SMC FA 70-210. I still have and use the two lens. Also a Tokina 20-35 WA that was known as the Fantastic Plastic. That kit handled all my business needs. Also a few other misc lenses. I bought my step daughter a K30 and she now has a number of my lenses; one is the Pentax 28-105mm that came with my PZ1P film camera. That was, in my opinion, a very good lens. That's her go-to lens on the K30. My oldest daughter, from seeing me using the camera equipment, developed an interest and went to college for photography and became a Professional Photo Journalist for the largest NJ Newspaper the Star Ledger. She was there for 20+ yrs and now works freelance. She shoots full frame Cannon and her lenses (only two) are Pro lenses both F2.8. Isn't strange that a large number of Pro's only have a few lenses ! ?. I do have a Pentax nifty/fast fifty 1.4. I think it is a super lens. Picked it up at a camera show in Wayne NJ in pristine like new condition for about $75-100; no more then that. Best buy on a lens that I ever made. That was about 25yrs ago. I'm retired in Florida. Have had an on again off again love affair with cameras. I started, and oversee a going Photo Club in my community of about 40 menbers and growing. Stay tuned.
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QuoteOriginally posted by tibbitts Quote
I'm not understand why using this lens would be any different than any other F, FA, DA, etc. generation lens. Were you using manual because you had only K, M, or M42 lenses previously?
Correct. I've never owned or operated an F, FA, or DA lens before now. My lenses have all been old school manual.

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Just came from the store with one of these. Happy birthday to me!

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