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Old Aug 1, 2010, 11:30 AM   #1
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Default Worth upgrading to 60-250mm f/4 ???

I`ve got the 55-300mm f/4-5.8 ED which is very good considering it`s got good quality , perfect ergonomics and great range , all for an unbeatable price , look at this picture taken indoors handheld , pretty good



I was wondering if an upgrade tp the 60-250mm f/4 would be worth it considering it is 4 times more expensive , i`d like to find some comparaisons , anyone who has both or knows where i could find a comparaison review ???
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Old Aug 1, 2010, 1:54 PM   #2
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Can't comment much about the lens, but your cat is is quite the character! Your image captures the softness of its fur..almost tempts you to reach into the monitor and pet the cat!! Based on your picture posted here, I'd be hard pressed to spend the money on the 60-250 f/4!
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Old Aug 1, 2010, 7:49 PM   #3
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Your picture is quite beautiful! I took some sample shots with the 60-250 once. It's huge and heavy, much bigger than the 55-300. The image quality is outstanding. It's much faster than the 55-300, something that could be very useful when you are shooting cats. I've seen some comparison shots elsewhere that indicate it's well worth the expense, but it's too big and heavy for me to hand-hold. Whether it is worth the price tag for you depends on your personal standards - for many people the answer will be no. For me - well, I have a big softness for better lenses and if I were able to manage such a big, heavy lens, I suspect that the answer would be yes, since the lens wasn't enough to stop me from buying both the DA*200 and DA*300.
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Old Aug 14, 2010, 3:33 AM   #4
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Now i've got the possibility of getting a Pentax 50-135mm f/2.8 for a very good price secondhand : 500

I could also buy a Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 for : 450 .

I'm looking to change my 55-300mm f/4-5.8 for something much sharper , i mainly shoop portraits but i would also have to find something with a longer reach for shooting on circuits ... motorbikes.

I know that the 50-135mm will be better at AF and a little lighter too but the Tamron 70-200mm will give me longer range and by what i have read so far , it's very sharp.

I could take the 50-135mm now and later buy a 200mm f/2.8 or 300mm f/4
I could also take the Tamron 70-200mm and use a teleconverter to get to 300mm f/4 ?

Mmmhh difficult
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Old Aug 14, 2010, 11:19 AM   #5
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The Tamron is very well thought of by those that own it. The 50-135 gives you excellent quality and weather sealing, if that's important to you (sounds like it wouldn't be high on your list of priorities though). I think you'd have outstanding quality either way. Biggest decision is probably how important is the 200 mm range and are you going to miss having it right away if you get the 50-135.

I just love the DA*200, it's one of my favorite lenses. There's just something special, a quality you can't quite explain that you don't always see, but when its there, it's incredible.
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I'm very happy with the sharpness of my 55-300...which trumps the 60-250mm on both ends of the zoom focal lengths.

I realize the 60-250 is an excellent quality lens...but what I would do, if it were in the budget is get a DA 300 MM.

I can't say for sure, but I would think the DA 300 would be sharper (prime) then the 60-250mm and of course that extra 50m is a good bonus.

I find when I'm out wildlife shooting with the 55-300mm, invariably I have it racked out to 300 mm....so the max focal length for this kind of shooting is more important than the zoom for me for wildlife photography, which is my primary use for the 55-300MM.

In Canada the price difference ....between the DA 300 ( $ 1549) and 60-250mm ($1889 CAD)...makes me think I might keep the 55-300MM for it's lightweight and zoom capability and the DA 300 for it's sharpness....and end up not costing much more then the 60-250 MM.

Or get the DA 300 and a Pentax extender...I think it's a 1.4 x....give you more reach.

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well said lesmore, thats what i plan to do, except i havent coughed up enough for the da*300 yet. I keep tellin myself ill sell my cz 200 2.8 to buy it and not dent the budget so much but I cant find myself to give the lens.
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The Tamron is very well thought of by those that own it. The 50-135 gives you excellent quality and weather sealing, if that's important to you (sounds like it wouldn't be high on your list of priorities though). I think you'd have outstanding quality either way. Biggest decision is probably how important is the 200 mm range and are you going to miss having it right away if you get the 50-135.

I just love the DA*200, it's one of my favorite lenses. There's just something special, a quality you can't quite explain that you don't always see, but when its there, it's incredible.
Could you show me a few pictures you took with your 200mm ? do you have a teleconverter to reach 280 mm , probably not if you have a 300mm


Any place on the net where i could see some pics with this 200mm ???

Which other lenses do you have apart from the 200 and 300mm ?
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Old Aug 18, 2010, 3:03 PM   #9
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I don't have a TC, would like to eventually get one for the DA*300.

My lens line-up is:
DA 10-17
DA 12-24
DA 35 macro limited
DA 18-55 (Version 1)
DA 50-200 (broken)
DA*50-135
DA 55-300
FA 77 Limited
Vivitar Series One 105 macro
DA*200
A*300
DA*300
28 f2.8 (K series)
Two M 50mm lenses - one 1.7 and the other 1.4
K-Mount Takumar 135mm
Kiron 80-200 (oil on aperture blades, broken)

One of the first pictures I ever took with the DA*200:



Street shot:



Nothing special, hiking shots:







If you look at some of Daniel's threads, you can see how he uses the lens for shooting fashion models/portraits quite often.
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Old Aug 19, 2010, 1:10 AM   #10
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So now that i have a fantastic opportunety to buy a 50-135mm for a bargain price , there is some other guy who wants to sell he's Tamron 70-200mm for a good price too , they would both cost me the same.
What should i do now ?? i wanted a 50-135mm and later add a 200mm or 300mm for long reach but now for much cheaper i could just buy both the Pentax and the Tamron and therefore have a 50-200mm f/2.8 reach with a TC 1.4 converter possibility to reach 280mm f/4.
These 2 lenses together would cost me €875 , when you think that they cost new : Pentax = €920 Tamron = €670 together = €1590.

Off course all this comes down to money , the best you can get for the best price otherwise i would buy all new :
50-135mm f/2.8
200mm f/2.8
300mm f/2.8
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