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9.3 out of 10

Pentax SMC DA 60-250mm f/4 ED [IF] SDM

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Overall 10


Homo_erectus, B&H Photo
4 weeks ago
  • Excerpt: I've been using the lens to take shots of the ducks at my local pond. I previously had a Tamron 70-200 F/2.8 and the Pentax basically blows the Tamron out of the water. It tracks movement better, focuses faster, almost never hunts, has better color, better contrast, nicer sharpness. I can't recommnd this lens highly enough.
  • Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
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Overall 9

User Review

Clarkey, pentaxforums.com
20 September 2014
  • Excerpt: I have previously had/tried the FA 28-200mm, DA 50-200mm, DA 55-300mm and briefly the Tamron 70-300mm. The DA 55-300mm is a good lens, but the AF drove me crazy. The Tamron has PF issues, the 50-200mm is good at mid-range, but is a bit short and slow, and the FA has a lot of distortion issues.
  • Pros: contrast, colour, sharpness, tripod foot, good range
  • Cons: small amounts of CA
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Overall 10

Price was good!! This is a high end lens & ...

Wilma Keyes, Amazon
30 August 2014
  • Summary: Price was good!! This is a high end lens & lives up to everything that we heard about it. It's quiet & easy to use & you can't beat it for the quality & sharpness of pictures. Great lens!!!!!!! Best one in the bag!!!
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Overall 8

Good choice

William H. Hayes "Bill", Amazon
18 August 2014
Overall 10

I Love the lens though

TJT "halfscot", Amazon
15 August 2014
  • Summary: I am not a pro or even an advanced enthusiast. I Love the lens though. Beautiful clear photos. It works seamlessly with my K3. I agree with other people's enthusiastic reviews who have greater technical knowledge. The lens must have good testing numbers if it produces such nice photos. Some complain about the weight, but really, it is not THAT heavy for being a long telephoto lens.
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Overall 10

Quality build for sure

Thurston G. Leonard, Amazon
9 July 2014
  • Summary: I just received this lens today. Haven't had a chance to take any pictures yet but, I did look it over good and mount to camera and operate it briefly. My 1st impressions out of the box: DAM! it's large and heavy, smooth operation and seems to be very well built and did I say DAM! it's large and heavy. I will update after I actually take some photos with it this weekend. I love this lens so far as to size and build quality.
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Overall 10

Expensive but worth it.

Albert H. Jeans, Amazon
25 June 2014
  • Summary: This lens is fairly heavy, but you can take razor-sharp pictures especially if you fine tune the autofocus in the camera.
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Overall 10

one of the finest long zoom lenses

MJSfoto1956, B&H Photo
12 May 2014
  • Excerpt: This review is simple: this is one of the finest zoom lenses I have ever owned by any manufacturer. I've shot with Canon L glass and Nikkor pro lenses and this Pentax matches or exceeds the competition. With an equivalent focal length of 90-380mm, water-resistant, a constant f/4 aperture, sharp at all focal lengths, and lighter than either the Nikkor 80-400mm or Canon 100-400, this lens mated to a Pentax K-3 is now a essential part of my travel kit (the other component...
  • Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Rugged, Strong Construction
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Overall 10

This is a fantastic lens!

J. C. Overgaard, Amazon
15 April 2014
  • Summary: I've only taken it out shooting twice since i got it - once to the zoo and once to a community event. I'm very satisfied with the photos right out of the camera with it, especially photos of people. Very little post-production work was required, which saves me hours over a lens with less appealing rendering. Definitely heavy and long enough that it benefits from support.
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Overall 6

Not for me.

William W. Whelan "Wiz", Amazon
30 March 2014
  • Summary: Was not happy with this lens. I may have had a bad copy but was disappointed with sharpness. Was big and heavy. Sent it back and got the way less expensive 55-300mm and I like the result better.
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