60 - 250 mm or 300 mm ?


simonjames

Link Posted 30/01/2012 - 17:02
Hi all, as part of my mid-life crisis I was intending to purchase the DA 300mm, using it mainly for wildlife/sports photography, but then having read about the 60-250mm I was struck by the thought of having a 'high end' zoom lens with its extra versatility.

I now cannot make up my mind which to go for, so has any one else had the same quandry and can vouch for either lens?

Cheers.
No equipment list, lifes too short!

Mike-P

Link Posted 30/01/2012 - 17:19
The 300mm is a tiny (and I mean tiny) bit better at f4 but the 60-250mm is a brilliant lens and the added versatility of the zoom made it the one to keep for me when I decided one of them had to go. The 300mm does take a teleconverter better than the 60-250mm should you want to go longer though.

Few shots from mine.



Female Mallard - Ballard Lake Crop 2 by Mike.Pursey, on Flickr



It's Behind you !!! by Mike.Pursey, on Flickr



Barn Owl by Mike.Pursey, on Flickr
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Last Edited by Mike-P on 30/01/2012 - 17:20

simonjames

Link Posted 30/01/2012 - 17:22
Some superb shots here, so thats one mark for the 60-250!
No equipment list, lifes too short!

Hyram

Link Posted 30/01/2012 - 18:43
Wildlife - it has to be the DA* 300, since in reality you would prefer something even longer.

For general walking about, then the DA* 60-250 for the versatility.
Hyram

Bodies: K20D (2), K10D, Super A, ME Super, Auto 110 SLR, X70, Optio P70
Pentax Glass: DA* 300, DA* 60-250, DA* 50-135, DA* 16-50, DA 70 Ltd, FA 31 Ltd, DA 35 Ltd, DA 18-55 (2), DA 12-24, DA 10-17, M 200, A 35-70, M 40, M 28, Converter-A 2X-S, 1.4X-S, AF 1.7, Pentax-110 50, Pentax-110 24
Other Glass: Sigma 105 macro, Sigma-A APO 75-300
Flash: Metz 58 AF-1 P, Pentax AF160FC ringflash, Pentax AF280T

john941

Link Posted 30/01/2012 - 19:14
I have the 60-250 and I wouldn't part with it.

Gwyn

Link Posted 30/01/2012 - 19:18
john941 wrote:
I have the 60-250 and I wouldn't part with it.

Nor me. But I've never had the 300* so I can't compare them. I prefer the flexibility of the zoom.

Hyram

Link Posted 30/01/2012 - 21:02
I would not part with either - they both have their specific uses
Hyram

Bodies: K20D (2), K10D, Super A, ME Super, Auto 110 SLR, X70, Optio P70
Pentax Glass: DA* 300, DA* 60-250, DA* 50-135, DA* 16-50, DA 70 Ltd, FA 31 Ltd, DA 35 Ltd, DA 18-55 (2), DA 12-24, DA 10-17, M 200, A 35-70, M 40, M 28, Converter-A 2X-S, 1.4X-S, AF 1.7, Pentax-110 50, Pentax-110 24
Other Glass: Sigma 105 macro, Sigma-A APO 75-300
Flash: Metz 58 AF-1 P, Pentax AF160FC ringflash, Pentax AF280T

Frogfish

Link Posted 30/01/2012 - 21:29
I had exactly this quandary so I tested them side by side. The 60-250 is a little slower to focus than the 300 and is not quite as sharp, wide open it is softer at 250 than at 220/230 which is where you should be and then crop to the equivalent FL - it will be sharper.

Which to buy depends on your intended use. Mine was for birding so I chose the 300 (which works very nicely with a x1.4 or the AFA x1.7) ... but the 60-250 is definitely on my short list to buy in the not too distant future !
http://frogfish.smugmug.com/ Pentax. Pentax DA*300/4, Cosina 55/1.2, Lens Baby Composer Pro & Edge 80, AFA x1.7, Metz 50 af1.
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Last Edited by Frogfish on 30/01/2012 - 21:30

mastaff

Link Posted 30/01/2012 - 23:43
I've been thinking about the 60-250 for a while, also for sport photography. I've seen few comments that the autofocus can be slow. WOuld this be fast enough for sport?

Michael

Mike-P

Link Posted 31/01/2012 - 19:06
It's certainly not fast where AF is concerned and I wouldn't use it for indoor sports but it would probably be ok outside.

You would be better off with a Tamron/Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 or start hunting for a Sigma 100-300mm f4 (fabulous lens).
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