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The Pentax smc DA 60-250mm f/4.0 ED (IF) SDM is a high-end lens that promises a professional level of performance
To summarize, we really like this lens! It is an excellent tool with many perks and no real faults. The DA* 60-250mm is arguably one of the best lenses in the current high-end Pentax lens lineup due to its versatility and stellar optical performance.
Excellent image quality wide-open, Sharp, Very few aberrations for a zoom, Excellent build quality, Several sensible and unique design elements, Weather sealing, Silent autofocus, Very convenient zoom range, Internal focus, Quick-shift full-time manual focus override (and a well-designed focus ring)
No internal zooming (barrel extends significantly), AF somewhat slow for sports, Just barely hand-holdable, Expensive
The Pentax SMC DA* 60-250mm f/4 ED [IF] SDM is a highly desirable long tele zoom lens with only minor weaknesses (except QC maybe). It is very sharp through its range and even the secondary aspects such as distortions, vignetting and lateral CAs are well controlled.
This is one big lens. But I've found it quite manageable, even using it handheld and racked out to 250. The range is possibly its best feature, going all the way down to 60mm. And while I thoroughly researched it before purchasing (it's sharpness level is rated as excellent), I am pleasantly...
I just want to add one good point that no one has mentioned. This lens is like 60-250mm f/3.5 not f/4 in terms of speed and bocke.
Great lens with an excellent focal range, would recommend that you buy a UV filter.
60-250 F4 is a fantastic lens, which lives up to the great reviews it has received over recent years. PLEASE NOTE.....as of 23/02/2017, the only critical reviews on this listing AREN'T FOR THIS LENS! They are for the 16-50mm, a different beast altogether.
Hi, I have this lenses for 2 years now, what I like is silence focusing; still work with pre k-10 camera. Full weather sealing, Also, the lenses work with my MZ-3, MZ-5n, ZX-7 on screw drive auto focus, focus speed is almost the same.
Excellent camera lens takes excellent pictures. Not a problem to hand hold even if the weight is slightly off balance
What a great lens, fast focus, clear, a little heavy but not as heavy as I was expecting. Typical of Pentax, excellent quality and value. I am using this lens much more than I anticipated.
Great lens! Very solid and well made, quick, accurate autofocus; balances nicely with K3 and battery grip. First batch of photos were very sharp, even wide open. Beautiful bokeh. Very pleased with this lens!
I have never paid so much for a lens before but it's worth every penny. I use this with my K3 mainly for photographing my sons football matches and it copes really well. Autofocus is fast and IQ is as good as it gets. It is rather heavy but I guess that the trade off for such a well made lens.
Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Quick Focus, Sharp Focus
Having used this for 3 years now, but only occasionally but extensively, I suddenly had focusing issues while on a trip to Australia. Very concerned as I was taking once in a lifetime shots. Tried switching from a K3 to a K5 body and it worked but still concerned for future shots.