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60-250 f4 lense

Posted 02/09/2012 - 19:40 Link
Thinking about buying 60-250 f4 lense to use with K5 for sports type photography.Has anybody any views as to the suitability of this combination for this subject.Many thanks
Posted 02/09/2012 - 19:43 Link
It does depend on the sport, if you are talking motorsport apparently its slow to focus, this is the reason I went for the Sigma 70-200 f2.8.
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Posted 02/09/2012 - 20:24 Link
What types of sport? If you can work with prime focal lengths the DA* 200mm is good for football games, you just have to position your self with a little more thought. The DA* 50mm to 135mm is another good lens, but sometimes it's short in terms of reach for sports such a football.

In an ideal world if you can shoot with two camera bodies the DA* 50mm to 135mm and the DA* 200mm make a great combination. I have used both for Show Jumping, Motor sports, Football, Kayaking events and Winter Sports such as Snowboarding and Skiing and had some great results.

Personally I would rent the DA*60-250 f4, before you buy one, you will at least get a feel for it in terms of reach and AF speed. Also I think you will find f/2.8 lenses will be better than f/4 in relation to sports photography.

However, there are some good reviews of the DA*60-250 f4,

Edited by Fletcher8: 02/09/2012 - 20:24
Posted 02/09/2012 - 20:49 Link
There is also a weight issue - the 70-200 Sigmas/Tamrons are not heavy, but I think they might be heavier than the 60-250. (Certainly, I got my 100-300 F4, which is heavier than the 70-200 F2.8, from someone who bought a 60-250 because it was lighter).
One thing in favour of the 70-200 F2.8/100-300 F4 (if you can find the latter!) is that they work well with the relevant 1.4x telextenders, and I am not sure if that is also true for the 60-250.
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Posted 03/09/2012 - 08:29 Link
Many thanks all your replies they have been very helpfull.
Posted 03/09/2012 - 09:16 Link
Sigma extenders work only with the Sigma EX lenses..

For the DA* lenses the Kenko/Tamron/Teleplus 1.4/1.5 Pz TC work well.
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Posted 06/09/2012 - 22:29 Link
I use my recently purchased (less than 3 weeks ) 60-250 F4 DA* on my K5 for motorsport at a track where I can photograph from the infield and it is slow to focus as mentioned in this thread.

2 examples below.

First shot is fine but the next shot was way oof.

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Posted 07/09/2012 - 14:42 Link
I've found the 60-250mm with K5 very good for rugby, I always use the centre single spot focussing for sport, it takes practice to get the technique right, if the focus point strays off the subject the camera will hunt to achieve focus again.
These rugby shots were taken with the 60-250mm & K5, with a bit of perseverance the 60-250mm and K5 are a good sports combination IMHO.
I also own the sigma 70-200mm f2.8 and DA*300mm, the 70-200mm is slight faster than the 60-250mm and the DA*300mm is slightly slower than the 60-250mm.
I've just tried using the DA*300mm with the 1.7X AF converter on a K7 and 60-250mm on my K5 combination and found I had more keepers at a rugby match because of the focal length range 60-510mm, need good light though, you can see the results here
Edited by mille19: 07/09/2012 - 14:52
Posted 07/09/2012 - 21:49 Link
the DA*300mm is slightly slower than the 60-250mm.

Not sure if it's just me but I think that my 300mm DA* is faster than my 60-250 DA*

K5 + 300mm DA*

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