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11-11-2013, 01:11 PM   #1
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K3 or DA* 60-250?

If you could have just one of these, would you go for a new K3, or a DA* 60-250 (to pair up with the K5iis)?

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QuoteOriginally posted by percy Quote
If you could have just one of these, would you go for a new K3, or a DA* 60-250 (to pair up with the K5iis)?
I have all three and i would have to say get the Da 60-250...I love the lens...the jury is still open about the K3 but I don't think your pictures will be any nicer on the K3 then the K5 iis...my 2 cents but maybe in time my opinion will change..only had the K3 about a week.
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QuoteOriginally posted by percy Quote
If you could have just one of these, would you go for a new K3, or a DA* 60-250 (to pair up with the K5iis)?
Definitely, get the DA* anything.
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the lens, the lens! It wonīt go much cheaper, while the K-3 will cost half itīs price in two years... And the K-5IIs is already terrific!

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the lens, the lens! It wonīt go much cheaper, while the K-3 will cost half itīs price in two years...
Good point. I don't know about half price but I agree the camera will drop in price, the lens won't.
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Assuming the K-3 option includes only a 'basic' lens, I'd choose the 60-250 on the K-5 IIs, without question.

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Well. With your quite impressive lens kit, I'm not so sure. You already have 50-200 covered with F2.8. Is the bit between 200-250 really worth it? If WR is a big thing between 135-250, then sure, but still...............
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Splurge on the credit card and get both. My 60-250 loves the K3.
Having said that not much point having the best camera, if it doesn't have the best glass. The 60-250 in my opinion is the best zoom I have ever owned. I am constantly suprised just how good it is. I also have a sigma 500 for longer shots. The 60-250 keeps the image quality up to the same level as the 500. It sounds like an odd set of numbers until to convert to 35mm eq and then it's 100-400 a classic range for a zoom.

Which ever you get you will love.

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QuoteOriginally posted by percy Quote
If you could have just one of these, would you go for a new K3, or a DA* 60-250 (to pair up with the K5iis)?
I've used that lens for well over 4 years on a K-7, K-5, K-5IIs, and a K-3. It is by far my most used lens (because so many of its shots are taken at 7 fps or so).

If I could only keep one of my lenses, it would be that one. It delivers results whatever Pentax camera I have put it on. On the K-5IIs it has given me some of the best photos, and the sharpest, that I have ever taken.

I don't know what lens I could use on a K-3 that would give results as good as that lens on a K-5IIs. But neither would I like to be without the extra AF-C features of the K-3. All I can suggest is - buy a very big cardboard box, sell your house, live in the box, and have both.
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The lens.

I have a K-5 IIs, And I see no reason whatsoever to "Upgrade" to the K-3.

My plan for the next 7-8 months is to buy more glass, and see what comes after the K-3.

The IQ my K-5 IIs can produce will serve me for years to come, I'll never sell mine but I might add another body when there is a SIGNIFICANT difference....
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Thanks for your views everyone, which pretty well go along with what I was thinking - that the 60-250 is probably the best option to get first. You've all helped to confirm that for me. Next question is do I get it before or after Christmas

QuoteOriginally posted by jatrax Quote
I don't know about half price but I agree the camera will drop in price, the lens won't.
That was one of my thoughts too

QuoteOriginally posted by Bob from Aus Quote
Splurge on the credit card and get both.
Tempting, but I decided a long time ago not to put anything on the credit card that I wasn't prepared to pay off at the end of the month.

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You already have 50-200 covered with F2.8. Is the bit between 200-250 really worth it?
As you say I already have this range covered, but I got the Sigma primarily for things such as motor sport because of a) faster focussing and b) the 2 position image stabilisation - in particular for panning (which I have found works well). The 60-250 is for more general use, has better image quality (although the Sigma's not bad) and it's lighter to carry around all day!
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Percy I'm in almost similar predicament except I have the original K5 and have the Tamron 70-200. I'll be in the position to get or or the other next week and it is a hard decision to make.
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Buy both. If this years black friday is like last years the 60-250 will be a lot cbeaper if you buy the K3 at the same time.
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Buy both. If this years black friday is like last years the 60-250 will be a lot cbeaper if you buy the K3 at the same time.
Not in the UK unfortunately
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