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02-05-2013, 01:17 PM   #1
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560mm now available.

Hi All,

For those interested, the 560mm is listed as being in stock at BH!

Love to hear from those that are getting one as to what their thoughts are on this lens.

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02-05-2013, 01:19 PM   #2
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I lost the order number, but the PF review sample should be on its way if they've got the lens now!

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Looking forward to your review Adam!! (and lots of sample images!!!)
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Looking forward to your review Adam!! (and lots of sample images!!!)
I probably won't be doing this review, but I've been promised lots of bird shots. We also have a F* 250-600mm to compare the 560mm to. the new lens had better be sharper and better in terms of aberration control.


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No FA*600 to compare to ?
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No FA*600 to compare to ?
Yes, send me the DA560 and I'll compare it to my FA600
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Just for kicks, see if someone can lend a Sigma 500mm to throw into the mix?
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I lost the order number, but the PF review sample should be on its way if they've got the lens now!
I'd be happy to review it for you if you want to send it to me!

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I say stick this on Q, and aim at Mars and see if you can see the land rover(s) - the ultimate testing . . . .
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I say stick this on Q, and aim at Mars and see if you can see the land rover(s) - the ultimate testing . . . .
LOL! But sticking it on the Q would indeed be a good test for center resolution.
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3000mm equivalent. That'd be one awesome test. Please do it, Adam!
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I MUST KNOW. Does it come with a case?
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I MUST KNOW. Does it come with a case?
It says the package weighs 16 lbs, so I would assume we get a hard case. The lens itself is only 6.7lb.

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QuoteOriginally posted by GordonZA Quote
Hi All,

For those interested, the 560mm is listed as being in stock at BH!

Love to hear from those that are getting one as to what their thoughts are on this lens.

Pentax DA 560mm f/5.6 ED AW Lens 22180 B&H Photo Video
The Sigma 500mm is sharper than the Pentax 250-600, based on the copies I own (the Sigma) and owned (the 250-600). But in any case the 250-600 is rare as hens teeth so its performance relative to the new Pentax lens isn't actionable. The Sigma 500 to Pentax 560 is the comparison I want to see. They are similar weights and I expect the Pentax price will drop to the $5k level of the Sigma after a while. So the questions are resolution and useability. I expect the minimum focus distance of the Sigma is going to be much better than the Pentax just based on the design parameters, which will argue for the Sigma if you want birds at a feeder, for example. And the Sigma is shorter than the Pentax, which may affect the ability to carry the lens. But this is one of those things you have to experience to judge. So carryability is a big issue I would like the review to address. And then resolution and focus speed are the elephants in the room. I'll pay more and put up with more hassle in ease of use for better image quality and better focus speed. I hope the review will provide a comparison on these dimensions for the only two super telephoto lenses presently produced for the K mount.
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