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03-26-2014, 10:14 PM   #1
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DA 60-250 f/4 OR Tammy 70-200??? Others

Which lens do you prefer in the 60-200 range? I want to have a nice versitle lens for a trip to Europe, lots of landscapes, buildings and flowers. Not sure which one I should go with.

Also for birding, should I get a 300mm just for that? Would like to take one or two lenses at most. I plan on a lot of walking around London as well, so a lens for this would be needed.
I just go back and forth, unsure of my own decision making process

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I have both lenses. Out of the two, I'd recommend the Tammy as it is more versatile (f2.8, semi-macro capability). For landscapes and building, I think you need a wide angle lens (DA 14, 15, or 12-24). DA 35 macro works too. Good luck with your trip.

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That's a huge lens for cities and travel? You don't mind being really noticeable and and are prepared to carry the weight???
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I love my sigma 70-200 2.8 ......... sharp at either end at 2.8 and so quiet to focus. I take it with me when travelling all the time. I've found the low light capabilities of the lens is geat in doors (ie. China.....Terracota warriors, shows or performances) and in forests when bushwalking etc. See https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/122-lens-clubs/246271-sigma-70-200-2-8-lens-club.html

Obviously for london you would need somethig shorter/wider as well.......


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If you plan on staying APS forever, the 60-250 is way better in image quality, and compatible with the new 1.4 TC if you want to extend your reach for birding.
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QuoteOriginally posted by calsan Quote
That's a huge lens for cities and travel? You don't mind being really noticeable and and are prepared to carry the weight???
I wasn't really planning the city shots with the big lens, mainly for the rural scenery and small villages, and we have a bird sanctuary visit scheduled, I'd like to take pics of the cliff birds
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QuoteOriginally posted by northmole Quote
Which lens do you prefer in the 60-200 range? I want to have a nice versitle lens for a trip to Europe, lots of landscapes, buildings and flowers. Not sure which one I should go with.

Also for birding, should I get a 300mm just for that? Would like to take one or two lenses at most. I plan on a lot of walking around London as well, so a lens for this would be needed.
I just go back and forth, unsure of my own decision making process
If I could only take two of my lenses on a round the world trip, they would be my DA* 60-250mm f/4 and my DA 12-24mm f/4. (I would cheat and take my Pentax 1.4x teleconverter too!)

If I could only keep one of my lenses, it would be the DA* 60-250mm.

(I have no experience with the Tamron, but I wouldn't want extra weight and reduced zoom range just to have f/2.8).
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For the sake of keeping things light, have you considered the HD DA55-300mm. I tend to travel with that lens vs the 60-250 when I am not anticipating a lot of wildlife shots.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Mazhe Quote
If you plan on staying APS forever, the 60-250 is way better in image quality, and compatible with the new 1.4 TC if you want to extend your reach for birding.
There may be other reasons to pick the 60-250 over the Tamron 70-200, but IQ would not be one of them...
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QuoteOriginally posted by HenrikDK Quote
There may be other reasons to pick the 60-250 over the Tamron 70-200, but IQ would not be one of them...
Interesting perspective... how do you know this?
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QuoteOriginally posted by HenrikDK Quote
There may be other reasons to pick the 60-250 over the Tamron 70-200, but IQ would not be one of them...
I agree with this...

And I know this because I have owned both of them. The Tamron is on par, IQ-wise, with the the DA*.

There are pros and cons to each lens. I say IQ is a wash.
Weather sealing and range are pros the DA*. I was surprised how much noticeable difference there is with 10mm wider and 50mm longer. I thought It wouldnt make a difference, but it does.
Close focusing and wider aperture are pros for the Tamron.
Price is a big +1 for the Tamron.
The size is probably a wash, i am sure one is bigger than the other, but in practice, neither are small lenses that you want around your neck walking the streets of London.

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QuoteOriginally posted by GaryH Quote
For the sake of keeping things light, have you considered the HD DA55-300mm. I tend to travel with that lens vs the 60-250 when I am not anticipating a lot of wildlife shots.
I think I would go with the HD DA 55-300mm for travelling over either of the two big guys.
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QuoteOriginally posted by normhead Quote
Interesting perspective... how do you know this?
The comment was "way better...".. The Tammy 70-200mm consistently gets applaued for it's IQ, and even in the comparison on this website I seem to recall it was considered having excellent (best?) IQ of the 70-200mm F2.8s being tested. I have the 70-200mm and it rivals my fixed lenses (DFA 100mm, DA* 300mm), and is far better than two copies of the 55-300mm I have owned.

I don't want to get into a discussion of whether it is slightly better or (i doubt it) worse than the 60-250, but the 60-250mm is defintely not MUCH BETTER...
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I love the 70-200 but those are big and long lenses for the city. I always recommend the 12-24 for travel, and if down to one lens it would be the Sigma 17-70 - very handy focal length and focuses closely. Birds usually requires 300mm or hopefully more. I would also recommend the 55-300 for its travel size and decent IQ.
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I have the DA L 55-300 and the DA* 60-260. The DA L 55-300, which shares the same optical formula as the HD DA 55-300 but has less good coatings (the only IQ-affecting change), is a good lens. The DA* 60-250 is a great lens, better in every way except for price, weight, and size.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Doanh Quote
I'd recommend the Tammy as it is more versatile
I disagree. The reach of the Pentax makes it much more versatile.

Long story short:

Tamron : cheaper, faster aperture, slower AF, slightly more CA, focuses close, internal zooming

Sigma : faster aperture, faster AF, silent AF, internal zooming

Pentax : better build quality, WR, wider AND longer range, lighter, smaller, slightly better IQ, silent AF

I went for the 60-250 and never looked back. It is as good as the others at f4, the wider FOV at 60mm is really a perk, it's better designed (gotta love that foot). It can be found relatively cheap but never as cheap as the Tamron however.
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