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Pentax SMC DA* 60-250mm f/4 ED IF SDM Telephoto Zoom Lens w/ Case for Pentax Digital SLR Cameras

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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Pentax
  • Model: 60-250mm
  • Lens Type: Zoom lens
  • Minimum focal length: 60 mm
  • Maximum focal length: 250 mm
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 3.2 x 3.2 inches ; 2.3 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B001F514F4
  • Item model number: 60-250mm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 22, 2008

Product Description

Product Description


Designed to deliver top optical performance, the Pentax SMC-DA 60-250mm F4 ED[IF] SDM is a versatile telephoto zoom lens. Combiningadvanced technologies including super-low-dispersion optical elements, extra-low dispersion (ED) optical elements and Pentax original lens coatings, this multipurpose lens assures outstanding image quality with clear, high-contrast images, even at image field edges.

It features water and dust resistant sealing for reliable operation in inclement conditions, and a Pentax Quick-Shift Focus system allowing instant auto-to-manual focus switching. The objective lens surface is treated with the Pentax original Super Protect (SP) coating. This special fluorine compound is applied to the lens surface through a vapor deposition process creating a surface that effectively repels dust, water and grease, making it easy to wipe off fingerprints/cosmetic marks.

From the Manufacturer

The smc Pentax DA 60-250mm F4 ED IF SDM is a versatile telephoto zoom lens offering a high zoom ratio and is a member of the exclusive DA Star (*) series, designed to deliver top optical performance.

Combining a host of advanced technologies including extra-low dispersion (ED) optical elements and Pentax original lens coatings, this new lens assures outstanding image quality with clear, high-contrast images, even at edges of the image field. It also features water and dust resistant sealing for reliable operation in inclement weather conditions, as well as the Pentax Quick-Shift Focus system to allow instant auto-to-manual focus switching. The objective lens surface is treated with the Pentax original Super Protect (SP) coating. This special fluorine compound is applied to the lens surface through a vapor deposition process to create a surface that effectively repels dust, water and grease, making it easy to wipe off fingerprints and cosmetic marks. The combination of special lens coatings, ideal curvature and best positioning of optical elements assures this lens is designed to optimize digital imaging characteristics, while effectively minimizing flare and ghosting.

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Very sharp , beautiful color.
Rudy
The smaller size of the lens makes it much easier to carry around all day (I can easily hold the camera with lens and battery grip in one hand).
KYC
The IQ is great, great contrast, and the build quality/durability is second to none.
Alexander Heie

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69 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Eric T TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 31, 2009
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Pros:
Sharp throughout the zoom range, even wide open it is great, by 5.6 it is simply astonishing
Versatile range (90-375mm Full frame equivalent, fairly close to 100-400mm)
Relatively Compact
Full weather sealing
Tripod mount with removable foot

Cons:
No zoom lock, could creep.
Some softness on one side of frame at 200-250mm and f/4 (rarely visible above f/4.5)
Tripod mount with removable foot

Verdict:
Superb lens worth the asking price. Image quality and bokeh is in league with most primes of similar range and aperture. Who should buy this lens? Anyone who needs an extra sharp, sports, wildlife, or general purpose lens with f/4 at the long end.

Review:
The lens is superb. SDM focus is silent and seems reliable with my K-7. It goes to its target and stops. It is not extremely fast, but not slow either. It seems to work well enough for some birds in flight tracking and other continuous focus activities. If you do use screw drive focus with this lens, it is fairly loud as typical of other DA* lenses running screw drive.

The sharpness of the lens never ceases to amaze me. Zooming in to 100% view and the pixels are still sharp, even on my K-7 which is 14.6 MP. It seems to peak about f/5.6, but is really very good from wide open. This behaves a lot like 70-200mm f/4 lenses in this regard. Since this is internal focus, the focal length is measured at infinity. It seems to be significantly less than that at close focus as typical of all IF lenses. Unlike some cheaper lenses this lens does not disappoint for distant subjects.

The lens is targeted for someone who is used to a 100-400mm for full frame.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By T. Bradley on July 25, 2010
I owned one of these for about 14 months. It became my main day to day lens. It takes incredibly sharp, high quality images throughout the zoom range, sweet f-stop is about 4.5 or 5.6.

Our image standards are rather unforgiving: there is a 44" wide photo printer downstairs. Not every image can provide the data needed to hit 44" wide, but that is the target. My/our lesser zooms seldom make the grade. This lens does so, regularly.

This lens allows you to 'sample' frames out of a landscape, and produces zoomed in shots with breathtaking clarity and image quality. My other, lesser telephotos have a few settings that produce images with the quality obtained with a short lens, but by and large, you can immediately tell that the frame was shot with a long lens, zoomed in. In other words, a whole lot of files that never get sent to processing and printing. Not so with this puppy. Basically, if you are getting less than great clarity with this mounted on the front of camera, your problem is you are doing something wrong behind the camera.

This lens requires a tripod mount, careful stabilization, mirror lock up before shutter release, self timer or remote control trigger. Basic long lens protocol. Wind is your enemy. But get it rock steady between gusts and the results are simply: Wow!

Mine got totaled in an unfortunate hiking wipeout on Orkney. Smacked it into a rock with gusto. I am now buying another because my approach to outdoor photography now requires the capabilities of this lens.

The points made by other reviewers - it is a heavy lens, and has no zoom lock - are quite true. My left arm is pretty buff after spending 2 months in Scotland carrying this lens on a K-20 on a tripod up hill and down glen. Small price to pay for what it delivers.

You don't want one of the more "reasonably priced" long Pentaxs or a Tamron. You want this one.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Timo Torma on February 17, 2010
Pros: Sharp from wide open, great color rendering, excellent construction, weather sealed

Cons: Heavy (as any good quality lens of this range), expensive, no focus limiter

This is an excellent lens for Pentax DSRL cameras. I have nothing but positive to say about it after one month of use with K-7.
Though it has no zoom locking, the barrel shows no creeping.
The tripod mount is easy to take out when not needed and collar has 90 degree locking points that you feel very clearly when turning the collar. Zoom ring does feel a bit sticky if you try to zoom out holding the lens up, but that's due to the weight of the barrel and glass. If you point it down the ring movement becomes soft.

The only little thing I can find is a small wobble of the barrel when zoomed fully out, but it seems to have no effect on the image quality.
The lack of focus limiter can cause slow focusing as the mechanism needs to make full travel if you do not pre-focus manually.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By jimby on November 15, 2010
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I am basically a still life photographer - macros, landscapes, artifacts, etc. But lately I have wandered into doing photo sessions of kids and their parents in action settings, such as at the beach or in other fun locations. I began using my Pentax 100mm FA f2.8 Macro for this work, but the limited focal length and screw drive autofocus was not cutting it for me with rapidly moving subjects. I also like to shoot at wide apertures to blur the background. Around 10 to 15 % of my shots were coming back soft with the 100mm and my K-7, so I knew I needed a better tool for the job.

I did my research and settled on the Pentax DA* 60-250mm F4. The first copy I received from Amazon did not focus properly, taking 5 to 10 secs to lock focus if it managed to lock at all. Back it went, and I received a new copy of the lens a couple of days later, just before a scheduled photo session.

I spent an hour or so shooting lens charts, and was impressed with the resolution of the lens at all focal lengths, even wide open.

So I brought the lens to my next photo session, a kid and her parent at the beach, and the lens performed spectacularly.

Focus was quick enough, and alway dead on. I shot about 300 photos at F4 or F5.6 of a three-year old running around the beach, and only five were soft. The resolution and color were outstanding, and even though I shot the whole session handheld the lens was a joy to use.

I am impressed. Everything is tack-sharp, and the quality of the photos more than makes up for the weight of the lens.

The bokeh is creamy smooth and beautiful, no doubt helped by the rounded aperture blades of this lens.
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