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01-29-2015, 09:22 PM   #16
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My experience the 60-250 gave me much higher keeper rate than the 55-300. Seemed a bit faster focusing but I don't remember that it was drastic. I wasn't planning on shooting any action indoors, but the need arose and I immediately realized why everyone recommends 2.8! My 60-250 is useable @4 but is soft enough that I avoid it, so mine needs to be stopped down a bit. But even @4 I have to jack up the ISO too high for my taste in order to get fast enough shutter speed.
So I have now purchased a Tamron 70-200. @2.8 it is sharper than my 60-250 @4 (at least in the center - haven't tested anything else yet). I now need to get out to compare the two - esp with my 1.4TC - to see if the the Tammy can replace the Pentax. Don't want to keep both, yet want to keep both! maybe I'll rig the tests!
This is great info and a real help for me. I was lusting after the 60-250 and was hoping it would do for indoor action shots but I had read so much to the contrary so I was a little hesitant. I think the only thing that has been holding me back from buying the Tamron was the supposed slow AF but most of the info I found was testing done with K5 and older bodies. Thanks so much for all the help.

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forgot to mention the 55-300 and 60-250 were used on K30, the 60-250 and Tammy on my K3. I've not shot the 55-300 on my K3.
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QuoteOriginally posted by RGlasel Quote
the 60-250 should only be used for slow sports, like lawn bowling.


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I'm sure the HSM on the Sigma will be faster, but the only reason I would trade up would be for the quiet motor.
Don't be so sure - from what I've heard they're neck and neck.

So unless you need that quiet motor or some other feature of the Sigma, it's the Tamron 70-200 or a non-DA*200 Pentax prime (F or FA135 being the best value I know of; I use F*300 and FA*85 too. Screw-drive FA*200 should work well. Reportedly DA18-135 is also fast-focusing enough, but DOF is too great so I don't like many of the action results I've seen from it (it's a fine lens for general use, however).

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I will try to find some kind of action shots to take in the next week if possible.
If you are interested in the Tamron 70-200 2.8, then you should not wait for too long. It seems like the stocks of this lense is running out. It is not available in Sweden any longer.

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Don't be so sure - from what I've heard they're neck and neck.

So unless you need that quiet motor or some other feature of the Sigma, it's the Tamron 70-200 or a non-DA*200 Pentax prime (F or FA135 being the best value I know of; I use F*300 and FA*85 too. Screw-drive FA*200 should work well. Reportedly DA18-135 is also fast-focusing enough, but DOF is too great so I don't like many of the action results I've seen from it (it's a fine lens for general use, however).
I had an 18-135 and found it to be very fast focusing, much quicker than my 55-300. Never tried indoor action shots with it though.

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If you are interested in the Tamron 70-200 2.8, then you should not wait for too long. It seems like the stocks of this lense is running out. It is not available in Sweden any longer.
Yes I can see they are scarce that's why I think I'm going to jump on this one now.
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Roberts camera is currently running a special 25% off sale for Pentax and if you are new you can combine with the 5% new customer deal.

This might interest you...

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Search for the FA* 80-200 f/2.8

Hummm... I'm not sure if this is actually applicable or if it only applies to camera bodies.

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Haven't heard much about that one.
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If you are interested in the Tamron 70-200 2.8, then you should not wait for too long. It seems like the stocks of this lense is running out. It is not available in Sweden any longer.
That is why it's pretty tempting for me, but I really want the HSM for situations where I'd like it to be silent. If only the DA* 60-250 was 2.8, this would be a much easier decision! haha


Also, OP, looking forward to seeing how you like the new lens when you get it! Have fun!

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That is why it's pretty tempting for me, but I really want the HSM for situations where I'd like it to be silent. If only the DA* 60-250 was 2.8, this would be a much easier decision! haha


Also, OP, looking forward to seeing how you like the new lens when you get it! Have fun!
The 60-250 would be huge then however...
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If you really need fast there is no beating the Sigma 70-200 last version, I had not used mine for a few months and put it on the camera in the dim light indoors, started to push the back AF button and thought the AF was not working,(swictching on & off) it was focused but I could not hear it and did not realise it until I went outside that it was quicker than me and was focusing in blink of the eye.
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I find that the Tamron 70-200 focuses very quickly and accurately on the K3, much quicker than it does on the K5. It also hunts a heck of a lot less.
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