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The Pentax SMC DA* 60-250mm f/4.0 ED (IF) SDM is a tele lens for APS-C, manufactured from 2008 to 2022 (discontinued). The focus is done by Ultrasonic AF Motor (Ring-USM), it does not have image stabilization. The average price, when it has been added to the JuzaPhoto database, is 1042 €;
28 users have given it an average vote of 8.8 out of 10.
This lens is available with the following mounts:
Pentax: this lens is compatible with reflex APS-C Pentax.
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The following opinions have been automatically translated with Google Translate.
Cons:Lack of the lens block in an upright position.
Opinion:Versatile lens that suits various uses. Very sharp, weight in the norm. Certainly for walks of several hours it is not very practical, but not uncomfortable either. Price in the norm for a quality lens and I would say lower than the same level of the emblazoned brands. Highly recommended lens. To the face of the nickname of "misunderstood".
Pros:Assembly and materials, like all the Pentax material I've purchased so far, without exception. Overall optical yield and ma3F speed, tropicalization.
Cons:On some occasions I was wrong to focus, although I do not rule out a "guilty contest" on my part; in the last part of the zoommateta the dial hardens quite: it is a peculiarity of the optics but not very pleasant; the price, especially considering that it is a fairly dated optics, could be a little more contained.
Opinion:I use it in automatic crop on the K1 and for my needs it's fine so; detail and micro-contract in the norm, pleasant blurred, I did not detect flare; the colors are vivid and bright; at t.a., however, the edges do not fully satisfy me and, as I wrote, despite being the MAF quite quick (one shot, the MAF chase is not my necessity), on some occasions it did not satisfy me as precision although I do not exclude some error on my part. It is an obettive that is willingly handled, given the feeling of robustness it gives and on FF does not disappoint: the detail it knows how to return is up to the FF sensor even if the price, also considering the age of the project, is perhaps a little too high. In conclusion, I cannot say: "highly recommended" (talking about its use on FF, I emphasize), considering above all the cost; it can be a viable alternative to the much more expensive, bulky and heavy 70-200 2.8 offering also a wider range of focals and a very high overall yield. Update - After some time (not a lens that I use much) I have to make an adjustment: realize that on the MAF there was something wrong, I carried out the fine calibration in the lens machine (I always use it on the same K1); conclusion: carried out the calibration (6 if I remember correctly) the yield of the lens has greatly improved and now I can promote it with flying colors, even on FF!
Cons:a little expensive, high weight, becomes very long at the maximum focal, diffraction to closed diaphragms
Opinion:I have been using this for a couple of years now and it satisfies me in many ways. It also has excellent f/4 sharpness, losing something at the edges only at the maximum focal and full opening, although to notice it you have to zoom in on the photo 100% on the PC monitor. On the other hand, the most closed diaphragms (over f/11) diffraction causes a noticeable drop in sharpness, so if you need longer shooting times it is better to use an ND filter. Autofocus is quite quick even in action photos, although "specialist" lenses are something else. In addition, tropicalization is something that very few others have. It is a real tank; I used it several times in the pouring rain and under the snow and did not make a crease, it was enough to dry it well once back indoors. It's quite heavy and carrying it for hours is no joke. The handling is also what it is, thanks to the fact that it stretches a lot zooming to the maximum focal, so at least one monopod is strongly recommended. In this case it helps the removable bracket included in the price. And by the way, the price is challenging, but the quality you pay.
Cons:Resistance to flares, loss of focus with close subject, not internal zoom
Opinion:This is a very special lens, which aims to replace the Pentax lineup in one fell swoop the "neoclassical" on APSC 70-200 and 100-400 on the classic FF. The range of focal lengths that results is very interesting, and makes this lens suitable for many applications, from portraits to sports, from the landscape to nature. From the construction point of view this lens is bomb-proof, has tropicalization AW and a practical support for removable tripod collar. The f SDM, it is very reliable and accurate, and also quite fast (on k5IIs). The lens is internal focus, convenient feature that makes it more compact but the common problem that causes loss of focal subjects. Zooming is not internal, and you will have a nice 250mm cannon, unlike the 50-135 brother that retains its small size at each focal length. Optically the lens is amazingly sharp wide open with a slight loss on the edges of the focal increased, and reaches the perfection of the whole frame at f/5.6. I have never encountered chromatic aberrations even in areas with highcontrast, sharpness and risolvenza are outstanding, and the image is always very good contrast and crisp, thanks to a strong microcontrast. The colors are well saturated and returned slightly warm, with no dominant, and landscapes will gradevolissimi tonal passages with the correct light. The resistance to flare is poor even with the lens hood attached, and if you want to include the sun in the frame, you will have some difficulty, especially with oblique light. The bokeh is never intrusive, is mellow and pleasant, making this lens very suitable for portrait photography. The cost is high, but justifies the overall quality of this lens truly unique, versatile and very high quality.
Cons:Price, no lockout lens during transport in pos. vertical.
Opinion:A lens from undisputed quality even at maximum aperture and maximum focal length, a fixed tele sharpness, with a blurred perfect! Now I is been a while that I have and I think a few lenses reach from the quality this can Ob.Si to make the crop even for very driven to get the equivalent focal length very thrusts (see, 400/600mm). I must say that a lens like this, can not give a lot of satisfaction!
Photos taken with Pentax SMC DA* 60-250mm f/4.0 ED (IF) SDM
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