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08-19-2019, 06:42 AM   #1
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SMC Pentax-DA* 60-250mm F4 ED [IF] SDM vs. Tamron 70-200mm F2.8 Di LD Macro

Hi all,

how do these two compare? (Especially in terms of IQ)

SMC Pentax-DA* 60-250mm F4 ED [IF] SDM Reviews - DA Zoom Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database

Tamron 70-200mm F2.8 Di LD Macro Lens Reviews - Tamron Lenses - Pentax Lens Review Database

I wanted to wait for a second hand Tamron to be available, but now I found the Pentax for 580. I personally like the longer end at 250mm over 200mm and do not mind the slower aperture of F4.

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given the same options, I'd buy the DA* over the Tamron in a heartbeat..
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QuoteOriginally posted by billdotjr Quote
I personally like the longer end at 250mm over 200mm and do not mind the slower aperture of F4.
I owned the 60-250 for a number of years. It is very good IQ and a very useful FL.

Just be aware it does focus breathe a lot. So at minimum focus distance the FL is more like 200mm. If you dont intend to use it for close-ups that is not an issue.
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QuoteOriginally posted by pschlute Quote
Just be aware it does focus breathe a lot. So at minimum focus distance the FL is more like 200mm.
I have the 60-250 and I would say that the FL is even less than 200mm when you are shooting less than 6-8 meters. However the big advantage to the 60-250 is that it works great with the HD 1.4x teleconverter. It is something that I would consider adding at some point if you purchase it.
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The Tamron is strangely soft and glowy at 200mm/f2.8; so I consider it an f4 max lens at 200mm anyway. It's great just a few mm shorter, and great at 200/f4.

One thing I like about the Tamron is the short MFD; you can get great near-macros shots of butterflies and other larger insects. It really takes lovely images, and is a decent landscape lens as well. I think either choice is a good one, but if I were doing aircraft and such, I'd have chosen the 60-250.
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QuoteOriginally posted by billdotjr Quote
I personally like the longer end at 250mm over 200mm and do not mind the slower aperture of F4.
The extra 10mm at the wide end is even more useful, IMHO.

At comparable prices, I'd never hesitate to get the 60-250. the Tamron is only adequate at F2.8, white the 60-250 already excels at F4, so your useful aperture range is somewhat similar. The Pentax is smaller, lighter, has silent AF, quick-shift (the Tamron uses an annoying AF/MF mechanism), the tripod foot is nicer to remove when needed, it has WR, a longer range, etc. It's one of my main outdoors lens.

The Tamron does have F2.8 even if I wouldn't use it except if forced. It also has internal zooming. That's about it.

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