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09-04-2009, 07:48 PM   #1
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OK, Which is Sharper ?

The DA 60-250mm at 250mm or the DA 300mm.

I know, I know, one is a zoom with 15 elements and the other I think has 8.

Is the 300mm a better choice for tele than the 60-250mm or is it about a draw ?

The reason for asking is I could use a 60-250mm once in a while for a high quality tele zoom, but if the 300mm is that much better, maybe I should go with that ?


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09-05-2009, 03:15 AM   #2
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Hi wll,

I've never used the 60-250, but i have borrowed the DA 300 and found it really a fine lens. Nevertheless, what kind of pictures are you aiming ? The 300mm is really good for sport and wildlife, but the zoom may be more versatile ... Are you looking only for the sharpest one between the two ?

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or you could save yourself a lot of trouble & money and go for a sigma 100-300mm f/4 APO....
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According to SLRgear the 60-250mm is a little behind the DA* 200 wide open between 60-80 and 200-250mm. However, at F5.6 it's just as sharp or sharper! As there's no huge difference between DA* 200 and DA* 300 I would guess the same goes for DA* 300mm. However, die hard resolution is not the same as perceived IQ. Of the countless pics I have seen my verdict is that the DA* 200mm and DA* 300mm seem to have a nicer rendering than the 60-250mm.

However, the 60-250mm must surely be one of the greatest Pentax zooms and the subtle difference in rendering is perhaps compensated by the zoom's versatility.

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09-05-2009, 06:09 AM   #5
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Decisions, Decisions !

The 60-250mm would be more useful to me, but I have a 50-135mm, and I'm thinking I'm almost duplicating myself if I got the 60-250mm .... but am I really?

Would like to get both, but money is an issue.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Digitalis Quote
or you could save yourself a lot of trouble & money and go for a sigma 100-300mm f/4 APO....
The Sigma is $1379 at B&H right now. More than either of the Pentax lenses....

Have you seen a good deal on it somewhere?
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I found these two articles to be extremely helpful:

Pentax Lens: Primes - Pentax 200mm f/2.8 ED IF SDM SMC DA* (Tested) - SLRgear.com!

Pentax Lens: Zooms - Pentax 60-250mm f/4 ED IF SDM SMC DA* - SLRgear.com!

It looked to me like the 60-250mm was at least as sharp as the 200mm at the apertures I typically use it for (wildlife mostly). The extra versatility of the zoom made the extra expense worth it in my mind. I've seen exceptional reviews of the 300mm but I've also seen it noted that it's not quite as sharp as the 200mm but this could be incorrect as far as I know. I felt the 60-250mm met 90% of the needs I currently have and once Pentax comes out with a rear converter for the SDM lenses, I'll have the perfect package. It'll be a bit before this happens but is a perfect excuse to get out and take pictures in the mean time.
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QuoteOriginally posted by wll Quote
The 60-250mm would be more useful to me, but I have a 50-135mm, and I'm thinking I'm almost duplicating myself if I got the 60-250mm .... but am I really?

Would like to get both, but money is an issue.

wll
115mm on the top isn't almost duplicating it's self
In my personal opinion, if you got the 300mm you'd most likely find the 165mm gap to be a little too much.

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I have both and although the 60-250 is remarkable good for a zoom and more versatile if you can't get the distance between you and the subject right, the DA*300 produces a significantly better image.
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You can always use a TC for your 50-135.
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QuoteOriginally posted by JamieP Quote
The Sigma is $1379 at B&H right now. More than either of the Pentax lenses....

Have you seen a good deal on it somewhere?

for some reason I always have a knack for buying something BEFORE the powers that be decide to raise the prices...

I got mine for $1,350AUD
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