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01-13-2010, 10:42 PM   #1
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Is the 60-250mm/4 the LEAST talked about lens?

just wondering...

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Well it's not the most commonly purchased lens, so it would be expected to appear on the forum quite sparingly. Nevertheless, all threads discussing this fine lens have only had good things to say about it:

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-slr-lens-discussion/63705-test-sho...60-250-f4.html
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-slr-lens-discussion/40323-da*60-25...harp-fast.html
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-slr-lens-discussion/85309-da*60-25...ores-high.html
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-slr-lens-discussion/57954-first-ph...-60-250-a.html
etc...
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I don't talk about this lens.




I just shoot with it :-D
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Most people can't afford it... so very few actually own it.

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QuoteOriginally posted by creampuff Quote
Most people can't afford it... so very few actually own it.
This lens bothers me.

First it's SDM...., second, my canon friends have 70-200/4 at half the price..... I don't think weather resistent cost another half ....
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QuoteOriginally posted by Ash Quote
Well it's not the most commonly purchased lens, so it would be expected to appear on the forum quite sparingly. Nevertheless, all threads discussing this fine lens have only had good things to say about it:
didn't actually go looking for threads, but now you've done that, I better have a read!


QuoteOriginally posted by RawheaD Quote
I don't talk about this lens.




I just shoot with it :-D
thanks!

QuoteOriginally posted by creampuff Quote
Most people can't afford it... so very few actually own it.
I might have to join the ranks!

Cheers, Nige
01-14-2010, 03:43 AM   #7
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QuoteOriginally posted by netuser Quote
This lens bothers me.

First it's SDM...., second, my canon friends have 70-200/4 at half the price..... I don't think weather resistent cost another half ....
The Canon 70-200 is not a 60-250 (note the wider zoom range), to be accurate, the price is closer to 65%, and the Canon lens won't mount on a Pentax.
At some point, try to figure out how the economies of scale affect equipment pricing, and with that will come a realization that Pentax glass is often just going to cost more, and that if this bothers you, then you should be switching to a different camera brand.
01-14-2010, 03:44 AM   #8
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I put it on my K20 at the Pentax K7 Roadshow tour... Nice lense, Big!

But I also put the Da300 on my K20 and fell in love... All the other lenses at the show took a back seat to that baby.

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QuoteOriginally posted by netuser Quote
This lens bothers me.

First it's SDM...., second, my canon friends have 70-200/4 at half the price..... I don't think weather resistent cost another half ....
You're talking about the non IS version of the Canon 70-200 f/4, right? I ask because the IS version costs about the same as the DA* 60-250 to my knowledge, and telephoto lenses really benefit from shake reduction of some type.
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I'd compare it w/ the Canon 70-200/4 w/ IS as well, then add WR and more zoom range and the price is about right. I'm a little disappointed you have to stop it down to get to the sharpest point (the 70-200/4 is sharp wide open), but the colors/contrast are surprisingly nice and that doesn't show up in MTF charts...
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QuoteOriginally posted by Urkeldaedalus Quote
You're talking about the non IS version of the Canon 70-200 f/4, right? I ask because the IS version costs about the same as the DA* 60-250 to my knowledge, and telephoto lenses really benefit from shake reduction of some type.
You are right
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I love my 60-250mm, it is sharp at f4 and the colours are fantastic.

I would use it a LOT more if the AF wasn't so ruddy slow (as are the DA* 55mm, 16-50mm and 50-135mm)

Pentax really have made some fantastic lenses in the last few years but they are totally ruined by the snail like AF performance.
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thanks for the input guys... it adds to this little talked about lens.

All reviews I have read on this len are very favourable.


It is my next lens... but will be a couple of months away from purchase.

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Hi there,

One of the great thing that 60-250 bring to us is to be used quite "OK" on FF. Here is my pics, taken at 60mm and 250mm.

60mm


250mm


We can see a little bit vignetting at 250mm, however, at least, it is ok for me. I haven't try at 250mm without the hood yet, so it could be non of them on FF, I have no film camera currently, so I can't test again.

At 60mm/f4, it is a little bit soft til 4.5-5. However, at 250mm/f4, everything is perfect.

An excellent lens but quite heavy
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That amount of vignetting is ok IMHO. Back in the film days, it was relatively common to have some vignetting when wide open...it's just that we're spoiled w/ the quality of lenses we have nowadays ;-)
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