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03-23-2010, 05:17 PM   #1
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DA*60-250mm/4 + Tamron 1.4x

So last week I (impulsively) bought a DA*60-250/4 with the intention of trying to figure out if I could replace my 50-135 and 55-300 with a single (albeit it larger and more expensive) lens. I'll need to spend some time with it before I can figure out what to keep and what to sell, but so far I'm pretty impressed with the IQ from the 60-250 and not as overwhelmed by the size as I thought I might be.

Just for kicks, I decided to stick my Tamron 1.4x (Pz-AF) on with the 60-250 just to see how the AF worked. Turns out it works much better than I expected. Not sure why, but it seems to work better than it does with my 50-135 (I would have assumed the opposite). On top of that, the IQ with the 1.4x attached it actually pretty decent. Below are some quick shots I took:

Handheld with the Kx+60-250+1.4x at 250mm, f/4, iso1600, 1/400-1/800s (default JPEGS, downsized to 800px)
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this is a really great lens, I want it badly..

I borrowed my friend's DA* 60-250/F4 and very surprise with its IQ.

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a couple more 60-250/4 shots from last week

QuoteOriginally posted by Kesha Quote
this is a really great lens, I want it badly..

I borrowed my friend's DA* 60-250/F4 and very surprise with its IQ.
Excellent photo!

Yeah, the more I use the 60-250/4, the more I like it. I wasn't even going to try it at first as I have the 50-135/2.8 and felt there was too much overlap between the ranges.


Here's a couple I took with the 60-250/4 from last week.





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Nice shots from both of you! Dan I like your last one the best. I was thinking of "consolidating," a couple of my bigger lenses into one DA*60-250. (Possibly the Tamron 70-200/2.8 and the DA*300.) Funny about the Tamron 1.4 TC, my experience using it with the DA*50-135 has been the same, but it seems to work better on the DA*300, which I wouldn't expect given it's f4, vs f2.8.

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Thanks. Yeah, I really like that last one too.

Overall, I've been pretty happy with the DA*60-250/4. I find it performed really well wide open and having the extra range (vs my DA*50-135) has been useful. Not sure if I'm ready to ditch the 50-135, as I love how compact it is (relative to the 60-250), not to mention the extra stop. The DA*300 is a spetacular lens, but the 60-250 is pretty good @ 250 and sometime I wonder if I really need to keep both (I don't really find/see myself using the 300 that much).

Regarding the Tamron 1.4x, my experience with the DA*300. Of the three SDM lens I currently own (50-135, 60-250 and 300), the 1.4x works the best with the DA*300. Next best I would say is actually the 60-250 and ironically, the fastest of the three, the 50-135, works the least well (AF) with the 1.4x. It will lock most of the time, but if you aren't close to start there's a good chance it will take a while or sometimes require releasing the half-shutter (or AF button) and relocking. The DA*300+1.4x, for whatever reason, seems to work the best.


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Nice shots from both of you! Dan I like your last one the best. I was thinking of "consolidating," a couple of my bigger lenses into one DA*60-250. (Possibly the Tamron 70-200/2.8 and the DA*300.) Funny about the Tamron 1.4 TC, my experience using it with the DA*50-135 has been the same, but it seems to work better on the DA*300, which I wouldn't expect given it's f4, vs f2.8.
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Oh man you rock. Would be nice to see pixel peeping with this combo, but Thanks for the sample photos of the 60-250 w tamron 1.4 teleconverter. Good stuff.
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