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Old Sep 25, 2010, 8:09 PM   #1
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Default Pentax DA* 60-250mm F4 First Impressions

Ok so this is a pricy lens i'm sure your aware so if your considering it thought it might be nice to have some first hand impressions of it

no images to speak of yet as have only been testing it at home - hopefully will have some meaningful images for you on monday evening

this lens is sharp - even at 250mm f4 -no real loss of resolution at all

bokeh is smmooooooooooothhh - beautiful infact and with the longer focal length can get nice shallow depth of field even with max aperture of f4 - it actually has potential as a long portrait lens - good for weddings i would imagine

the SDM focusing is fast and quiet though perhaps not quite as quick or silent as the HSM from my sigma 150-500mm - manual focusing could be tricky with this lens however as the focus ring travel is very small (probably why the focusing is fast in autofocus)

build quality is very nice indeed - the lense has some some heft to it but thats to be expected but its still very hand holdable - this lens is of course part of the da* line so is completely weather sealed so this is my first weather sealed lens thats not one of the kit lenses that came with my k-7 so am looking forward to using it to get some nice moody atmospheric shots

the one part of the lens i did have some doubts over was the tripod mount - it looked abit flimsy in pictures - in reality it is quite solid and attaches easily and securely to the lens - and when not attached the lens doesn't look like something is missing from the lens like some others do when the mount is removed - when using with a monopod the mount can be left on the monopod allowing you to quickly and easily switch to handholding the lens without the need of a quick release plate - though if doing this i wouldn't trust it entirely as you would only have it locked in place finger tight

overall it is a premium quality lens....so far so good
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Old Sep 25, 2010, 9:24 PM   #2
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Too pricey for me right now but this would make the ideal replacement for my , rather pedestrian, F 100-300mm f4.5-5.6. Constant aperture, sharp wide open and weather sealed, everything my lens isn't. To me this is far more tempting than the 50-135mm DA* f2.8 since it has that extra reach.
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Old Sep 25, 2010, 11:31 PM   #3
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Thanks for the write-up John.

This is top of my list at the moment, as I try to improve the overall quality of my lenses. My only worry is the SDM because of some reports of problems I've read about. I'm not sure what % of lenses are affected.

There is a used one going locally for $500 and that seems a great pick-up ..... unless it has SDM issues !
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Hi John,

Congrats on the 60-250! Your first impressions seem to fit the almost universal reputation AFAIK. We'll be looking forward to seeing some pics with this lens. . .

I don't think that I've heard of any SDM problems with this lens. The failures seemed most prevalent with the first two models, the DA* 16-50 and DA* 50-135, with the 16-50 having the most problems by far. The failing lenses always seemed to be from early production runs, and later runs don't seem to be as susceptable IIRC. I have an early 50-135, have used it a lot, and haven't had a problem.

I don't think I've heard of any failures in the 60-250, and I'd have no qualms about buying one. At this point, I think the paranoia about SDM failure is pretty much an over-reaction, but it does leave some doubt in the back of the mind. . . I'm hoping that the new DC motor that comes in the new 18-135 will be rock-steady reliable, faster, and quieter (which it should be). If so, maybe Pentax might be able to retrofit them into SDM lenses for a price, but I wouldn't hold my breath. . .they're a totally different system.

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i did have some doubts about teh sdm too but like you i haven't heard of any trouble with the 60-250mm - guessing because of the larger glass etc they have used a more beefy motor in it - so touch wood that the SDm will be fine - i did purchase it from a pentax pro centre though so has a 2 year warranty which is nice =)
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Thanks Scott - all good to hear.

All the best with your new lens John !
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OK, now you got us excited. Lets see some pics.
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Ok some first images from my new lens

sadly not had alot of photo opertunities lately - weather is miserable - even at midday feels like the sun is already over the horizon - hopefully the several miles deep grey clouds will disappear soon and i can find enough time to get out somewhere nice to take some images but until then here are a couple that give you an idea of the lenses properties (sorry but images at iso800 so not the best)



this really should have been at a lower iso since i used the built in flash but alas i forgot to set it back



this one shows the nice bokeh of the lens and somewhat fortunately there is more dead thistle in the corner so you can get an idea of edge sharpness too
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John, they Look really good on my monitor!
That's a fantastic lens, Wish I could get photos that nice at 800 ISO.
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