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05-20-2018, 10:56 AM - 5 Likes   #1
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First shots with the DA* 60-250

After long wrestling with making a decision between the DA* 200 and DA* 60-250, I settled on the latter. Normheads insight on both lenses helped tip the balance. The DA* 60-250 is the only zoom in my bag (there are 6 primes - 5 of them Limiteds). As a prime shooter, I was skeptical about the results offered by a zoom. The DA* 60-250 proved me wrong - it's a superb piece of glass. AF was respectably fast as well. Perhaps that's the result of the new motors from a couple of years ago.

Today, I took a short walk from home and captured a few images. Rupert's squirrel photos always made me smile so I dedicate today's photos to his memory. Enjoy...


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QuoteOriginally posted by Saltwater Images Quote
Rupert's squirrel photos always made me smile so I dedicate today's photos to his memory.
Your squirrel photos just made me smile. Is the 60-250 your first long lens for your K-5 as well as your first zoom?
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Thanks RGlasel. I had a DA 50-200 with a K-100D Super but sold it years ago (and all my Pentax gear at the time) - nearly investing into the Nikon system. With no ties to any system; I tried a K-5II and HD DA 21 and was hooked again. Over the past few years I acquired 5 HD DA Limiteds and the DFA 100 Macro WR. Once you get used to the quality of Limited primes it can be difficult to consider anything else! I was looking for a 200mm for shooting sports (football). The DA* 60-250 shoots like a stack of primes from what I found today!
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Nice images, and you certainly gave SR a workout with 1/50s at 250mm!.

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Lovely images!

Congratulations on the DA*60-250... Norm was also helpful in my decision to get this lens. It has its quirks - specifically, the focus breathing at shorter distances, and the AF operation which is precise, but not blazingly fast. Those aside, it's a fabulous piece of glass.

Without wishing to spend your money for you, the HD DA 1.4x AW converter works supremely well with this lens. In fact, I probably shoot mine more with the converter fitted than without. Optical performance wide open (f/5.6 with the converter attached) is very good, and at f/8 it's superb. Worth considering if you find yourself wanting more reach, especially for short-range subjects
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Nice images, and you certainly gave SR a workout with 1/50s at 250mm!.
I had help from my Vanguard Monopod: Vanguard VEO AM-264-TR reviews - Pentax Camera Accessory Review Database

Also had a Vanguard SBH 100 Ball Head on the monopod.
Excellent combo!

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Lovely images!

Congratulations on the DA*60-250... Norm was also helpful in my decision to get this lens. It has its quirks - specifically, the focus breathing at shorter distances, and the AF operation which is precise, but not blazingly fast. Those aside, it's a fabulous piece of glass.

Without wishing to spend your money for you, the HD DA 1.4x AW converter works supremely well with this lens. In fact, I probably shoot mine more with the converter fitted than without. Optical performance wide open (f/5.6 with the converter attached) is very good, and at f/8 it's superb. Worth considering if you find yourself wanting more reach, especially for short-range subjects
Thanks Mike. I picked up the TC a while ago for the D FA 100 Macro WR. Will be sure to try it out on the 60-250 as 84-350 would be a terrific focal length at f/5.6. Then there's the benefit of a crop sensor on top of that....
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Thanks Mike. I picked up the TC a while ago for the D FA 100 Macro WR. Will be sure to try it out on the 60-250 as 84-350 would be a terrific focal length at f/5.6. Then there's the benefit of a crop sensor on top of that....
Oh, this is excellent news! You're going to love using the converter with it - I just know it. They were made for each other

Enjoy!
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The DA* 60-250 shoots like a stack of primes from what I found today!
Hi Duane, welcome to the 60-250 club !! Glad to hear that you have found this wonderful lens as good as the rest of us that already have it. Enjoy.

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Great shots! Glad you are enjoying your new glass!
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The 60-250 is a terrific lens. The autofocus is a bit on the slow side compared to more modern offerings, but the image quality it can capture is outstanding. I have owned one for 9 years and now use it on the K1 where I find the focal length range to be very useful.

Here is a shot I took earlier this year of my little pal Ripley.

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The 60-250 is a terrific lens. The autofocus is a bit on the slow side compared to more modern offerings, but the image quality it can capture is outstanding. I have owned one for 9 years and now use it on the K1 where I find the focal length range to be very useful.

Here is a shot I took earlier this year of my little pal Ripley.
Great shot of a terrific looking dog. The IQ is outstanding.
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