DA* 60-250?


imagesteve

Link Posted 19/11/2009 - 06:05
I am interested in purchasing the new DA* 60-250 F4. Has anybody tried it out yet? What is it like? Please let me know...
2x K10D bodies, 2x FA 28-200 3.8-5.6, DA 18-55, A 50 F2, 50mm Macro, 360 FGZ. Still saving for the 60-250 DA* Also have a Z10 35mm and a K1000 just for fun. IF PENTAX IS THE ANSWER, WHO CARES WHAT THE QUESTION IS...!
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RichardDay

Link Posted 19/11/2009 - 12:33
One of Pentax's finest! Simply the best medium telephoto that anyone makes!

I've had quite a collection of long lenses, Sigma 70-300 APO, Sigma 100-300 EX, Tamron 70-300 macro (both versions LD and Di), Tamron 70-200 f2.8 Di, Tokina 80-200 f2.8 ATX Pro, Tokina 80-400 ATX, Pentax DA 55-300, Pentax A*300 f4, Pentax FA*300 f4.5.

Only the FA* was as good, but the flexibility and convenience of the 60-250 is so convenient plus it's very sharp at all focal lengths and wide open.

I have a series of test shots and examples on my flickr site LINK
Best regards
Richard Day

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Greytop

Link Posted 19/11/2009 - 13:11
I pretty much agree with Richard

It is a very good lens, probably one of the best zooms Pentax makes and I would thoroughly recommend it. Slightly soft wide open but still very usable, certainly very sharp from f/4.5-5.0. Built like a tank.

Whether it's the best medium telephoto that anyone makes I'm not sure... I'm sure Richard was having a bit of a joke with that comment
Regards Huw

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Mike-P

Link Posted 19/11/2009 - 13:45
I also have one, IQ is excllent but its quite a slow lens to autofocus (Like all the DA* lenses that I have). I bought a Sigma 100-300mm DG EX f4 so that I could compare them and actually prefer the Sigma to the Pentax.
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Greytop

Link Posted 19/11/2009 - 13:59
I agree with Mike, it's not the swiftest focussing lens but it is faster on my K-7 than on my K20D. And it does have the big benefit of weather and dust protection of course.
Examples I have seen from the Sigma 100-300mm DG EX f4 that Mike has look equally excellent btw.
Regards Huw

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Bob and his Pentax

Link Posted 19/11/2009 - 14:01
I find the DA*60-250 to be an excellent lens especialy for outdoor use (f4 being a little limiting indoors).

For general use it makes a fine pair with the DA*16-50 and I often take out just those 2.

It almost makes the DA*50-135, DA*200 and DA*300 unecessary, and as such is an excellent choice for a medium telephoto lens of a better quality than the DA lenses without moving to a different brand.
Good luck

Bob

Pentax user since 1978, Digital since 1997.
Kit includes: K-7, K20D, K10D, *istDS, full set DA* lens, etc
Last Edited by Bob and his Pentax on 19/11/2009 - 14:01

Oggy

Link Posted 19/11/2009 - 19:10
Without being able to site any specific reason I find I seldom use my 60-250. My DA* 50-135 and 300 both take a better picture.

mayday

Link Posted 19/11/2009 - 23:55
I bought this lense to take on safari next year. Earlier this year I found the FA*300mm was too long for some shots, as we were so close to the animals. My wife got some great shots with the 50-200 zoom, so hence the choice of the 60-250. Results at home have been great. Just waiting to try it next May. Managed to pick one up from Park Camera before the price hike!
Regards
David

Retired at last - now all that time for photography - you would think: wink:

bladerunneruk

Link Posted 20/11/2009 - 00:07
imagesteve wrote:
I am interested in purchasing the new DA* 60-250 F4. Has anybody tried it out yet? What is it like? Please let me know...

It's simply excellent IMHO, I use it for landscapes, it's sharp corner to corner. I rarely use my DA*200 now sniff !

search for my username on dpreview for some test shots (note most are 100pc crops with not much sharpening applied)

imagesteve

Link Posted 20/11/2009 - 17:14
Thanx guys!!
I think that my mind is made up...the 60-250 it will be!!
2x K10D bodies, 2x FA 28-200 3.8-5.6, DA 18-55, A 50 F2, 50mm Macro, 360 FGZ. Still saving for the 60-250 DA* Also have a Z10 35mm and a K1000 just for fun. IF PENTAX IS THE ANSWER, WHO CARES WHAT THE QUESTION IS...!
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pschlute

Link Posted 20/11/2009 - 17:25
imagesteve wrote:
Thanx guys!!
I think that my mind is made up...the 60-250 it will be!!

You won't be disappointed.
Peter



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Hyram

Link Posted 20/11/2009 - 17:44
I have just bought one but it has not yet been used, maybe this weekend
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

Lance B

Link Posted 21/11/2009 - 07:10
Superb lens in anyone's language with exemplary IQ and worth every penny.

Look at my DA*60-250 f4 images below for confirmation. I have not posted the images here because they are 1,200pixels wide and when they are downsized here to 800 pixels, there is resolution loss. Better to see them in a bigger version:
http://www.pbase.com/lance_b/da60_250

Pay particular attention to these images:

http://www.pbase.com/lance_b/image/113910488


and a crop of it which has no sharpening applied:

http://www.pbase.com/lance_b/image/113910489

Also look at this gallery which has quite a few 60-250 shots in it. The tiger photo is taken with the DA*60-250:
http://www.pbase.com/lance_b/taronga_zoo_280609

Also these galleries as well has some 60-250 shots in it:
http://www.pbase.com/lance_b/k7
http://www.pbase.com/lance_b/taronga_zoo_oct2009

All images should have the lens used listed underneath the image.
Cameras:K-7/K20D/*ist D/K10D
Lenses:DA14 f2.8, A16 f2.8, FA20 f2.8, FA31 f1.8, DA35 f2.8 macro, FA43 f1.9, FA50 f1.4, A50 f1.4, A50 f1.2, FA50 f2.8 macro, DA*55 f1.4, FA77 f1.8, DFA100 f2.8 macro, A100 f2.8, DA*300 f4, FA*300 f4.5, DA10-17 FE, DA12-24 f4, DA*16-50 f2.8, DA17-70 f4, FA*28-70 f2.8, DA*50-135 f2.8, DA*60-250 f4, FA*80-200 f2.8.
Flashes:AF540FGZ, AF360FGZ

mike3legs

Link Posted 23/11/2009 - 21:50
Awesome lens. Since I got it I use it far more than any other. It's just a shame that AF is so slow. Though using AFS is not too bad AFC is woeful.

RobE17

Link Posted 24/11/2009 - 13:02
Have a look at the photos taken at the boxing match I went to last week -

link

I used the 60-250mm for these images and the AF wasn't brilliant but that may have been down to the low light at the venue.

I've used it a few airshows this year though and have been really pleased with it.

Rob
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