Fancy a long DA*


richardmills

Link Posted 28/08/2014 - 18:57
Im currently using a 55-300 which i like but fancy something a bit faster for the longer shots.

There seems to be a lot of love for the da*300, what about the 200 and the 60-250? Would i do just as well with the 200 and cropping? I find most of the time im not at the longest end when i use the 55-300.

Is the da*300 worth the expense / is it a decent step up in performance.

(im still on the k7. i may get the k3 at some point, if not just for the much better iso performance)

Offertonhatter

Link Posted 28/08/2014 - 20:28
In one word - Yes!

The beast is mighty. Sharp and contrasty from wide open. It is not cheap but worth every penny.

It is leaps ahead over the 55-300. Mind you I would suggest keep the 55-300 as well for its size and flexibility as stopped down it is still an excellent lens. But the DA*300. WOW. Just invest in one and you will realise why everyone who has one rave about it.
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obione

Link Posted 28/08/2014 - 20:33
Having both the pentax 60-250 f4 and the sigma 100-300 f4,(both stella)
I find that I use, the 60-250 more often with my k5iis.
I didn't like the quality of the 55-300.
I find the 60-250 also useful at F8 for video as well...
Did not like the K7, but the k5 was a great improvement for me...
k-5, K-5ii,60-250 f4, 50 f1.4 af,17-70 f4, 100mm macro wr,siggy 10-20 siggy 100-300f4

davidstorm

Link Posted 28/08/2014 - 23:14
The DA*300 is quite simply the best lens I have ever used, by a margin. It is magnificent, very sharp, very usable, great colours and contrast, high build quality, AF deadly accurate on my K-3 or K-5IIs (best on the K-3); there are no negatives for me with this lens.

If you can afford it, buy it. Just look at the images I've uploaded of late. I'm not saying they are better than anyone else's, but a high proportion of them are taken with the DA*300, simply because it's always attached to the front of my camera!

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davidtrout

Link Posted 28/08/2014 - 23:25
I don't have a DA*300, wish I had, but I do have the DA*200mm 2.8 and that is the best lens I have. It focusses faster than anything else in my camera bag whichever camera body its on. It doesn't have the reach of the 300 but its a slightly faster lens, f2.8 against f4.
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bforbes

Link Posted 29/08/2014 - 07:04
I agree with all that's been said about the DA*300, a great lens. It also works very well with the Pentax 1.4x converter to extend it's range a bit further.

Just a note on the camera upgrade if you'r looking for the better ISO performance I would favour the K5 range rather than the K3.
Barrie
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richardmills

Link Posted 29/08/2014 - 20:42
bforbes wrote:
Just a note on the camera upgrade if you'r looking for the better ISO performance I would favour the K5 range rather than the K3.

I thought the K3 was the new king?

bforbes

Link Posted 29/08/2014 - 20:54
richardmills wrote:
bforbes wrote:
Just a note on the camera upgrade if you'r looking for the better ISO performance I would favour the K5 range rather than the K3.

I thought the K3 was the new king?

not in my experience.
Barrie
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Mike-P

Link Posted 29/08/2014 - 20:58
Nor mine, I was really happy with the K-3 in everything but ISO/dynamic range. It's not a massive drop in performance but enough for me to sell the K-3 and keep my K-5II.
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Last Edited by Mike-P on 29/08/2014 - 20:58

LennyBloke

Link Posted 29/08/2014 - 21:22
All three lenses you mention are top performers! You mentioned that you are often not at the top end of the range on your 55-300 which sort of suggests that the 60-250 might be the best bet for you. I have had all 3 lenses and the only one I have retained is the DA*60-250, it is flexible, well built and superb quality
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Mike-P

Link Posted 29/08/2014 - 21:26
IMO the 200mm and 300mm are slightly sharper than the 60-250mm (had the 200mm, still have the other two) but the 60-250mm is a lot more flexible and more than makes up for the difference in sharpness.

If you want the best of both worlds try and source a used Sigma 100-300mm f4.
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LennyBloke

Link Posted 29/08/2014 - 21:53
...and If you were to be interested in a 60-250 then wexphotographic currently has 3 secondhand
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andy_bell

Link Posted 31/08/2014 - 17:48
As a fast ball, how about the Sigma 70-200 f2.8?
I have one which I was going to sell but kept it when the sale fell through & Sigma discontinued it, its best asset is the super fast focussing, much faster than the DA* 300, which I also have.
on the flip side the DA* 300 produces much sharper, nicer images....

I had a play with a new DA* 50-250 on a K3, which I felt was ever so stiff in the zooming aspect and didn't feel quite so nice in the hand as the Sigma..
All in all I'm happy and also lucky to have both of these lenses (and as I'm being greedy a DA* 200 f2.8 )

Andy
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Last Edited by andy_bell on 31/08/2014 - 17:49

cedricd

Link Posted 04/09/2014 - 19:48
DA*300 excellent lens and well worth the spend. Had it on a most of the DSLR`s and always performed very well especially in low light late evening shots. For the extra reach I find that the Sigma 150 - 500 produces a very acceptable result but not the fastest to focus. I have a 1.4 Kenko TC which works the AF on the 300 but it does lose a little IQ.
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ilovesaabs

Link Posted 04/09/2014 - 20:22
I echo everyone's sentiment - I also have the Nikkor AF-D 300mm f4 and the DA* is definitely crisper.

The 60-250mm is also worth considering, I sold my Sigma 70-200 and 100-300 to fund the DA* just to keep the number of lenses I had down (as if)
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