Pentax 60-250 F4.0.

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ASR45
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Pentax 60-250 F4.0.
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Since i have had this lens it has performed excellent in terms of IQ and speed, i would recommend anyone wanting a good weather sealed wildlife lens.

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Pentax smc DA* 60-250mm F4.0 ED (IF) SDM
Telephoto zoom lens • Pentax KAF2 • 21750
Announced: Sep 22, 2008
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TomWret
TomWret Senior Member • Posts: 2,042
Re: Pentax 60-250 F4.0.

Thanks for the rating, although not necessary for me as I have been following most of your beautiful shots using that lens. It is #1 on my wish list.

Thanks, Tom W(ret)

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Greyser Veteran Member • Posts: 4,197
Re: Pentax 60-250 F4.0.

Wildlife? I mostly use it for street photography. Great lens indeed!

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Paphios Regular Member • Posts: 395
Re: Pentax 60-250 F4.0.

Excellent lens with great build quality.  I can see why you use it for wildlike photography.  You might be able to fight off a bear with it if you had to.

I use it mostly for nature and landscape.

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Re: Pentax 60-250 F4.0.

TomWret wrote:

Thanks for the rating, although not necessary for me as I have been following most of your beautiful shots using that lens. It is #1 on my wish list.

Thanks, Tom W(ret)

Tom, do you believe in father christmas, you never know mate.  

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Re: Pentax 60-250 F4.0.

Greyser wrote:

Wildlife? I mostly use it for street photography. Great lens indeed!

Thats why its a good versatile lens, i also use it for Architecture as well.  

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Re: Pentax 60-250 F4.0.

Paphios wrote:

Excellent lens with great build quality. I can see why you use it for wildlike photography. You might be able to fight off a bear with it if you had to.

Lucky for me Pahios, there is not many bears to worry about in the UK.  

I use it mostly for nature and landscape.

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Barry Pearson
Barry Pearson Veteran Member • Posts: 7,473
Re: Pentax 60-250 F4.0.

I've had this lens since May 2009, and I have taken more photos with it than all my other lenses added together. (Because it is so often used at 7 frames per second. For interest, I took over 4300 photos with it at the RAF Cosford Airshow recently!)

It has been drenched with rain many times, and I now don't have the slightest worry about this.

I use it for airshows, motor sports (motor bikes, cars, bike scrambling, & I recently found it perfect for Jet Ski Freestyle), urban candids, and "friendly" wildlife. (It isn't long enough for real birding).

It is sharp fully open, and even better at f/5.6. It complements the K-5IIs superbly for those who strive for maximum sharpness in action.

I sometimes think I could take a holiday with just this lens plus a light-weight wide-angle prime. It is the lens I would keep if I had to lose all except one lens.

The downsides are weight (about 1 kilogram) and, of course, price! I find it best to use a battery grip (with or without a battery) to enable me to carry and use it all day.

(I can't wait to see how it will perform with the future Pentax 1.4x Teleconverter).

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ASR45
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Re: Pentax 60-250 F4.0.

Barry Pearson wrote:

I've had this lens since May 2009, and I have taken more photos with it than all my other lenses added together. (Because it is so often used at 7 frames per second. For interest, I took over 4300 photos with it at the RAF Cosford Airshow recently!)

It has been drenched with rain many times, and I now don't have the slightest worry about this.

I use it for airshows, motor sports (motor bikes, cars, bike scrambling, & I recently found it perfect for Jet Ski Freestyle), urban candids, and "friendly" wildlife. (It isn't long enough for real birding).

It is sharp fully open, and even better at f/5.6. It complements the K-5IIs superbly for those who strive for maximum sharpness in action.

I sometimes think I could take a holiday with just this lens plus a light-weight wide-angle prime. It is the lens I would keep if I had to lose all except one lens.

The downsides are weight (about 1 kilogram) and, of course, price! I find it best to use a battery grip (with or without a battery) to enable me to carry and use it all day.

(I can't wait to see how it will perform with the future Pentax 1.4x Teleconverter).

Barry, nice always here others say about it that have it, i went to cosford some years ago and use to frequent Duxford for the flying legends display, but then we were talking in my film days of Minolta.  

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Paul Cruchten Senior Member • Posts: 1,190
Re: Pentax 60-250 F4.0.

I kept away from it for a long time, well, until a month ago. then LBA hit me again and I became unable to decide whether to take my Da*200 or 300mm along on vacation. Luckily, my local Pentax store had the solution in stock. I don't regret buying this lens, even though I do prefer fixed lenses. the 60-250 is fun to use and very reliable as well.

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Re: Pentax 60-250 F4.0.

Paul Cruchten wrote:

I kept away from it for a long time, well, until a month ago. then LBA hit me again and I became unable to decide whether to take my Da*200 or 300mm along on vacation. Luckily, my local Pentax store had the solution in stock. I don't regret buying this lens, even though I do prefer fixed lenses. the 60-250 is fun to use and very reliable as well.

Great to hear.  

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Paul Cruchten Senior Member • Posts: 1,190
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Yeah, sometimes indecisiveness is bloody expensive ... but it feels good;)

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tukalook New Member • Posts: 2
Re: Pentax 60-250 F4.0.

I have been using this lense for 15 months , its so good you wish all your gear could perform as well.

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