Here at last! - DA* 60-250


beakynet

Link Posted 28/04/2009 - 15:24
pschlute wrote:
fengyboy wrote:
Quote:
Something I have just noticed. When turning the zoom ring from about "235" mm to 250 mm , I can see very minimal movement on the zoom extension, but it does move. However, through the viewfinder, there appears to be no change in zoom length this final bit !

Anyone else confirm what they see ?

Just received mine this afternoon, I noticed this issue as well. I guess we should call it 60-235mm rather than 60-250mm.

Well the exif says 250 at full zoom. Unfortunately I dont have another 250 mm lens to do a comparison shot.

I noticed this same issue with my Sigma 18-200mm, when focussing at about 3m it had a very simular field of view as the DA*50-135! However at a distance of 100+m it was a very different story!
Bodies: K5IIs, K7, MZ5n, LX, MV
Lenses: DA*16-50, DA18-55WR, DA18-135, DAL35, M50 F2, A50 f1.4, FA50 f1.4, DA*50-135, DA55-300, Tamron 70-300, DFA 100 WR Macro, M135 f3.5, Sigma 120-400 APO DG HSM, Tokina 500 f8.0
Flash: Metz 58, Metz 48
Accessories: BG4, Pentax right angle finder, Pentax mirror adaptor lens, O-ME53 Viewfinder Loupe
Auto 110 System: Auto 110, Winder, 18mm, 24mm, 50mm, 70mm, 20-40mm, AF100P, 1.7x telecon

fengyboy

Link Posted 29/04/2009 - 19:02
Here are some more pictures.












Pentax K20D
Pentax DA* 16-50mm f/2.8 | DA* 60-250mm f/4
Voigtlander Nokton 58mm f/1.4
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amilner

Link Posted 29/04/2009 - 20:29
Mine's arrived!

Very quick tests show
(i) it is sharp @250mm 4.0
(ii) it does not appear to vignette at any focal length on film bodies (at least based on the viefineder view)
(iii) My K10D has slight back focus issues (something I have only suspected so far) - Roll on the new body (or should I get a K20D now they can be had for silly money...)
Tony Milner
Super A, ME Super, MZ6, K5II, Ricoh GR & lenses from 8-500mm
www.amilner.org www.flickr.com/photos/tonymilner

Greytop

Link Posted 29/04/2009 - 20:42
Now that my suspect one has been replaced, I rate this lens very highly, it's a superb tool
Regards Huw

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Last Edited by Greytop on 29/04/2009 - 20:42

RichardDay

Link Posted 30/04/2009 - 10:44
amilner wrote:
Mine's arrived!

Very quick tests show
(i) it is sharp @250mm 4.0
(ii) it does not appear to vignette at any focal length on film bodies (at least based on the viefineder view)
(iii) My K10D has slight back focus issues (something I have only suspected so far) - Roll on the new body (or should I get a K20D now they can be had for silly money...)

Unless you can afford (well over) a grand for the new body and wait until probably July/Aug for the first deliveries, then do a deal on a K20D. I know more about the new one than most, and I doubt if I will spring for one, even though it will be worth it compared to other makes. The K20D is a fantastic tool and much better than I expected above the K10D, it really is much better than it's perceived status of a K10D mk2.

My photography would have to be much more serious for me to spend more than 600 on a new body. I blew 200 over my single item limit when I bought the DA*60-250, but I'd been waiting for that lens for 3 years!

I now have to sell my 6 week old Tamron 70-200 f2.8 link which I bought because I really had given up on the 60-250 appearing in time (or ever! ) for this years telephoto shooting season (wildlife and air shows) . I will probably have to sell my backup body (K10D) as well as several other items I don't use much these days, to help redress the photo cash balance!
Best regards
Richard Day

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Mike-P

Link Posted 30/04/2009 - 11:05
amilner wrote:
or should I get a K20D now they can be had for silly money...)

This is what I am thinking to be honest.
I bought my K10D body off an American seller on Pentaxforums 12 months ago for 250 with postage not long after the K20D had been released and could sell it today for almost what I paid. Not bad considering its my first DSLR.
No equipment list here but thanks for taking an interest. My Flickr

johnriley

Link Posted 30/04/2009 - 11:32
The K10D is a great camera, but the K20D is significantly better.

When we upgraded we sold one of our K10D cameras for 333 on eBay, so the actual cost of one of the K20Ds was only abot 100

You did the same thing last time Mike-P, so why not do it again now?
Best regards, John
Last Edited by johnriley on 30/04/2009 - 11:32

Mike-P

Link Posted 30/04/2009 - 11:33
johnriley wrote:


You did the same thing last time Mike-P, so why not do it again now?

I probably will but only once the new model has been released.
I should really have done it when the 100 cashback was available but like a lot of people I was waiting to see what Pentax released at Photokina
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Last Edited by Mike-P on 30/04/2009 - 11:34

shim

Link Posted 30/04/2009 - 11:53
If the new one's over a 1,000 I can't see them dropping the K20D they might even have a cash back on it. If they did drop the K20D though they are in short supply at present and there will be a rush for what's in the dealers.

shim

George Lazarette

Link Posted 01/05/2009 - 00:22
Since Pentax have stated that the new camera is not a replacement for the K20D, I do not see why it would be discontinued.

G
Keywords: Charming, polite, and generally agreeable.

Mike-P

Link Posted 01/05/2009 - 08:20
They have also said they are heading in a different direction so maybe the K20D is the end of that line and this is a new beginning.
All we can do is wait, at least we arent seeing 1500 pages of total drivel here guessing about the new model.
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Greytop

Link Posted 01/05/2009 - 08:35
Mike-P wrote:
They have also said they are heading in a different direction so maybe the K20D is the end of that line and this is a new beginning.
All we can do is wait, at least we arent seeing 1500 pages of total drivel here guessing about the new model.

Yes, seems to be a lot of talk about the 'style' of the new camera. Oh well lets wait and see
If it's significantly smaller as is rumoured then I wonder how the DA* range will sit with it.... a lens with something at the end perhaps
Regards Huw

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shim

Link Posted 01/05/2009 - 09:13
George Lazarette wrote:
Since Pentax have stated that the new camera is not a replacement for the K20D, I do not see why it would be discontinued.

G

Neither the MX or the ME were a replacement for the K2DMD
but they still dropped it due to a change in direction.

shim

johnriley

Link Posted 01/05/2009 - 09:30
They didn't drop it immediately. In this case the LX was no doubt already well under development and the whole process involved a move towards different manufacturing methods.

In the MX and ME cameras, and their derivatives, there was an increased use of plastics. They look and feel like metal cameras, but under the skin things were changing.

The longest runner was peobably the Spotmatic, which continued as the KM and then as the K1000 long after its expiry date had passed.

Speculation is a bit of fun, but there's not been much real information so far. Pentax seem very good at keeping things confidential.
Best regards, John

Mike-P

Link Posted 01/05/2009 - 09:44
Greytop wrote:

If it's significantly smaller as is rumoured then I wonder how the DA* range will sit with it.... a lens with something at the end perhaps

Dunno but if it is but my Pentax A* 300mm f2.8 is going to look bloody silly
No equipment list here but thanks for taking an interest. My Flickr
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