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DA*60-250 owners

cbrog
Posted 19/01/2020 - 12:18 Link
I would really like your honest opinions on this lens. I recently purchased a mint copy, probably unused, and was shocked how mediocre the lens was. It was simply a very good lens but no better than many 'lesser' lenses I own. So did I get a duff copy? It is being returned but I don't know whether to try again or look at a similar alternative - if there is such a lens.
I expected image quality to be close to the superb *300 and whilst it is a prime against a (super) zoom the latter costs a lot more than the 300.

Roger
Edited by cbrog: 19/01/2020 - 12:37
StephenHampshire
Posted 19/01/2020 - 12:54 Link
Well I have the DA*300 and the 60-250. The DA* is sharper and quicker to focus, but the IQ from the 60-250 is not bad at all and it is perfecty useable wide pen. I actually use the zoom on a K1 in FF mode, I have not removed the internal baffle so there is always abit of vignetting, but as I tend to crop to 7:5 ratio it is not a major issue. Focussing is a little slow on the 60-250 though
pschlute
Posted 19/01/2020 - 14:15 Link
Apart from the slow focussing mentioned above the 60-250 is a terrific lens. IQ was very good on my copy I owned for a number of years. Can you post some images that you are not happy with ?

Perhaps all it needs is a AF Fine Adjustment.
cbrog
Posted 19/01/2020 - 15:33 Link
This one to check for front or back focus - seems to be quite accurate but lacks sharpness at the point of focus. Distance about 2m.
Took a couple at about 3m with same results.

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I also took some shots of a car number plate at about 15-16m. They were not impressive so duplicated them after mounting an old Pentax-F 70-210 on the K3. You would probably would not be able to tell which was produced by the 60-250
Edited by cbrog: 19/01/2020 - 15:40
Gwyn
Posted 19/01/2020 - 16:08 Link
pschlute wrote:
Apart from the slow focussing mentioned above the 60-250 is a terrific lens. IQ was very good on my copy.

Mine too. I bought mine secondhand and have been impressed with it. Slow focussing doesn't bother me.
womble
Posted 19/01/2020 - 16:46 Link
Happy with mine. I bought it specifically for Tiger Tank day.
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Daronl
Posted 19/01/2020 - 21:49 Link
pschlute wrote:
Apart from the slow focussing mentioned above the 60-250 is a terrific lens. IQ was very good on my copy I owned for a number of years. Can you post some images that you are not happy with ?

Perhaps all it needs is a AF Fine Adjustment.

Daronl
Daronl
Posted 19/01/2020 - 21:50 Link
Daronl wrote:
pschlute wrote:
Apart from the slow focussing mentioned above the 60-250 is a terrific lens. IQ was very good on my copy I owned for a number of years. Can you post some images that you are not happy with ?

Perhaps all it needs is a AF Fine Adjustment.


I agree no negatives and mine was well used
Daronl
pschlute
Posted 19/01/2020 - 23:47 Link
cbrog wrote:
This one to check for front or back focus - seems to be quite accurate but lacks sharpness at the point of focus. Distance about 2m.

Can you link to a full size image, cannot tell anything from that size image I am afraid. It may be you have a bad copy. Certainly the answers here suggest the IQ of the lens is top notch, which is my opinion too.

K1 + DA* 60-250 .... 250mm f5.6 1/750 ISO 1100

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cbrog
Posted 20/01/2020 - 10:11 Link
That is the full size image - uncropped, no pp, saved as jpeg but long side pixel count reduced from 6000 to 1500 to meet site requirements....but I agree the overall opinion of users is very favourable - and your picture certainly supports that!

I think I will be patient (difficult at my age) and wait for a better copy to appear. Meantime thank you all for taking the trouble to respond


Roger

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