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DA* 60-250mm F4 4340.95%
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10-20-2014, 08:00 PM   #1
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Lens Tournament: DA* 60-250mm F4 vs FA* 200mm F4 Macro

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the knockout round of the Greatest Pentax Lens Tournament! The rules are simple: Two lenses enter. You must choose one. The winner moves to Knockout Round Two. The loser is gone. Check out the bracket here, which is based on the user nomination results.

In this telephoto knockout match, the SMC Pentax-DA* 60-250mm F4 zoom faces the SMC Pentax-FA* 200mm F4 Macro.

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HOW IS THIS A FAIR VOTE!? GAH!

Had to vote for the FA*200, despite desiring both lenses very badly.
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OK, so the A*200mm macro dipped out to allow the DA*300mm to progress, but perhaps its autofocus sibling has a different fate? Surely the AF version has further to go in this context.

A vote from me for the FA200mm f4 macro
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QuoteOriginally posted by JinDesu Quote
HOW IS THIS A FAIR VOTE!? GAH!

Had to vote for the FA*200, despite desiring both lenses very badly.

One big difference is that FA*200 is full frame and 60-250 is merely a cropped APS-C... Keep in mind that thing will change as FF is in near future...

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This isn't even remotely fair...
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I recall when the 200 macro was 600 bucks and out of reach for me. Should have sold my car or something . . .
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I know the DA*60-250 is a favorite of some people, but its IQ can't even compete with the DA*300, let alone the FA*200/4 macro.

This one isn't even close - FA*200/4 macro is clearly one of the best Pentax lenses of all time, and its selling price is a strong indicator of this fact.

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Again, good lenses meet each other too soon. The FA* 200 F4 has better IQ, faster focus speed and very hard to find. As a result, I voted for it.

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I know the DA*60-250 is a favorite of some people, but its IQ can't even compete with the DA*300, let alone the FA*200/4 macro.
Actually the DA*60-250 it wipes the DA*300 a every focal length, except for 300mm, where the 300mm wins easily...at least with the FA*200 macro, you can compare tham at one focal length.

Check out the stats on photo zone comparing the 60-250 to the FA*300 ƒ4.5. or 200 2.8. The DA*60-250 has better resolution, the primes have better control of CA..."can't even compete?" hardly.

Maybe you have some criteria I don't know about.
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QuoteOriginally posted by normhead Quote
Actually the DA*60-250 it wipes the DA*300 a every focal length, except for 300mm, where the 300mm wins easily...at least with the FA*200 macro, you can compare tham at one focal length.
Ha Ha Norm, very funny.

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Check out the stats on photo zone comparing the 60-250 to the FA*300 ƒ4.5. or 200 2.8. The DA*60-250 has better resolution, the primes have better control of CA..."can't even compete?" hardly.

Maybe you have some criteria I don't know about.
Even the photozone numbers show the DA*300 coming out better. But I usually judge according to the photos (strange criteria, isn't it?).
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Ha Ha Norm, very funny.



Even the photozone numbers show the DA*300 coming out better. But I usually judge according to the photos (strange criteria, isn't it?).
Ya but only if you compare the DA*60-250 on a 10 MP camera and the DA*300 on a 16 MP camera. meanwhile the DA*60-250 comes out better than the FA* 300 4.5 at 10 MP.

DA* 300 best resolution at 16 MP- 2412
DA* 60-250 best resolution at 10 MP - 2278.

FA 31 @ 16 MP best resolution 2596
FA 31 @ 10 Mp best resolution 2244

The DA*60-250 beats the 31 at 10 MP
But the 300 doesn't beat the 31 at 16 Mp

I seem to come to a different conclusion than you.

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Ya but only if you compare the DA*60-250 on a 10 MP camera and the DA*300 on a 16 MP camera. meanwhile the DA*6-250 come out better than the FA* 300 4.5 at 10 MP.

DA* 300 best resolution at 16 MP- 2412
DA* 60-250 best resolution at 10 MP - 2278.

FA 31 @ 16 MP best resolution 2596
FA 31 @ 10 Mp best resolution 2244

The DA*60-250 beats the 31 at 10 MP
But the 300 doesn't beat the 31 at 16 Mp

I seem to come to a different conclusion than you.
They use categories (ex, very good, good, ...) so you can make approximate comparisons, even though the numbers aren't comparable. While these few specific measurements provide helpful guidelines as to what to expect and which apertures are likely optimal, they don't "give you the whole picture," so to speak.

You work magic with the DA*60-250 because of your style of photography and your skill in post processing. But lens to lens, the FA*200/4 macro provides better IQ due to the inherent qualities of the lens itself. No one had to tell me this; the first time a saw a number of photos from this lens it was obvious.


I have no doubt the DA*60-250/4 is a nearly ideal lens for you, but as might be expected from a zoom, it suffers a bit wide open and it suffers at the borders.

OTOH, the FA*200/4 is one of the best macro lenses ever created - a category where virtually all the lenses have very good IQ already.



Maybe I should always check which lenses you own before I comment on them? I recently made a post on why I sold my Tamron 90 macro - did you catch that?

Honestly, I'm almost jealous because I always wanted the DA*60-250 to be a solution for me. But from the photos I saw to my experience trying it out, it never panned out for me. Too bad, because it covers such a nice range.

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I bought the FA* 200/4 Macro the day it was released. I truly think this is indeed Pentax best lens ever.

Incidentally, it must be totally mindblowing with the Q system.
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QuoteOriginally posted by DSims Quote
They use categories (ex, very good, good, ...) so you can make approximate comparisons, even though the numbers aren't comparable. While these few specific measurements provide helpful guidelines as to what to expect and which apertures are likely optimal, they don't "give you the whole picture," so to speak.

You work magic with the DA*60-250 because of your style of photography and your skill in post processing. But lens to lens, the FA*200/4 macro provides better IQ due to the inherent qualities of the lens itself. No one had to tell me this; the first time a saw a number of photos from this lens it was obvious.


I have no doubt the DA*60-250/4 is a nearly ideal lens for you, but as might be expected from a zoom, it suffers a bit wide open and it suffers at the borders.

OTOH, the FA*200/4 is one of the best macro lenses ever created - a category where virtually all the lenses have very good IQ already.



Maybe I should always check which lenses you own before I comment on them? I recently made a post on why I sold my Tamron 90 macro - did you catch that?

Honestly, I'm almost jealous because I always wanted the DA*60-250 to be a solution for me. But from the photos I saw to my experience trying it out, it never panned out for me. Too bad, because it covers such a nice range.
I missed your Tamron 90 post.... the big disappointment with the DA*60-250 is that at 12 feet distance, because of the internal focus, it's about the equivalent of a 135mm lens at full reach... my F-70-210 provides much more magnification even though technically it's shorter. The idea that it's 250mm at infinity. well really, how often do I shoot at infinity? If it was sold as a 50 to 135 as measured at 12 feet, most people would be overjoyed with it. To get what I expected from it, I have to put the 1.4 TC on it. Then it performs at 10-30 feet as the lens I thought I was buying, judging from my Sigma 70-300 and Tamron 90. I can honesty get the same shots of birds at my feeder with the Tamron 90 and 1.4 as I do with the DA*60-250 in a much lighter and faster focusing package. I like the lens... but I bet a Tamron 70-200 would give me more effective range and 2.8.
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I missed your Tamron 90 post.... the big disappointment with the DA*60-250 is that at 12 feet distance, because of the internal focus, it's about the equivalent of a 135mm lens at full reach... my F-70-210 provides much more magnification even though technically it's shorter. The idea that it's 250mm at infinity. well really, how often do I shoot at infinity? If it was sold as a 50 to 135 as measured at 12 feet, most people would be overjoyed with it. To get what I expected from it, I have to put the 1.4 TC on it. Then it performs at 10-30 feet as the lens I thought I was buying, judging from my Sigma 70-300 and Tamron 90. I can honesty get the same shots of birds at my feeder with the Tamron 90 and 1.4 as I do with the DA*60-250 in a much lighter and faster focusing package. I like the lens... but I bet a Tamron 70-200 would give me more effective range and 2.8.
Very interesting - I think I've heard some of this before, but I had no idea how dramatic the FL difference is at closer distances.

I'm guessing the FA*200/4 macro has no problem acting like a 200mm FL at 12'.
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