Pentax Zoom Telephoto 60-250mm f/4 ED DA* SDM Autofocus Lens

Pentax Zoom Telephoto 60-250mm f/4 ED DA* SDM Autofocus Lens

Pentax Zoom Telephoto 60-250mm f/4 ED DA* SDM Autofocus Lens

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  • 2 ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) Elements
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Pentax 60-250mm f/4.0 overview

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Finally available as a serious zoom telephoto for sports, wildlife, and other applications, the Pentax DA* 60-250mm f/4 ED (IF) SDM Autofocus Lens truly adds an important element to the collection of lenses for the Pentax system.  They've had some little jewels which any brand would covet, but in the telephoto department they've not had a 'big gun' since the film days.  Now they do; the DA* 60-250 will give you professional results for many of life's sporting, action, and wildlife opportunities.

The housing of the 60-250mm f/4 ED is ready for harsh conditions, with great dust and weather sealing to go along with the improvements in coating technology to repel moisture and debris from the glass.  The DA* 60-250's complex 15-element optical formula features a pair of ED Extra-Low Dispersion glass elements to help reduce any effects of chromatic aberration.  Shoot the action into the sun, and expect the edges of your subject to be crisp and clean.

The focusing system of this lens is both SDM and normal Pentax KAF2 (with a screw on lens barrel to drive AF from body-based motors).  This allows the lens to move incredibly quickly with the SDM system, driven by an internal motor and with the Quick-Shift system providing manual focus override capacity to you at all times with no buttons to switch. You'll also retain the standard AF performance with the older Pentax digital SLR bodies not featuring SDM capacity.

Note: Not compatible with 'full frame' cameras.

High-performance super telephoto zoom lens with constant f/4.0 aperture throughout zoom range
Two elements of ED (extra-low dispersion) glass
Speedy SDM autofocus motor provides fast, silent response with Quick-Shift full-time manual override
Conventional AF drive built into body provides body-driven AF for older Pentax digital SLRs
Pentax's unique SP water and dirt-repelling coating on both external surfaces
Dust and moisture-resistant housing
9-Bladed aperture diaphragm
Rigid, detachable tripod collar included
Exchange between horizontal and vertical composition by rotating camera within tripod collar (when employing monopod/tripod)
Equivalent to an 90-375mm f/4.0 lens upon 35mm SLR cameras
Dedicated hood with removable window to easily adjust a polarizer's position
UPC: 027075141247
In the Box
Pentax Zoom Telephoto 60-250mm f/4 ED DA* SDM Autofocus Lens
  • PH-RBK 67mm Lens Hood
  • O-LC67 67mm Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap (B) for Bayonet Mount Lenses
  • Soft Case
  • Tripod Collar
  • 1-Year Pentax USA Warranty
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    Pentax 60-250mm f/4.0 specs

    Performance
    Focal Length 60 - 250mm
    Comparable 35mm Equivalent on APS-C Format Focal Length: 90 - 375 mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/4
    Minimum: f/32
    Camera Mount Type Pentax K
    Format Compatibility Pentax Digital (APS-C)
    Angle of View 26.5° - 6.5°
    Minimum Focus Distance 3.60' / 1.10 m
    Magnification 0.15x
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:7
    Optical Design 15 Elements in 13 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 9
    Features
    Image Stabilization No
    Autofocus Yes
    Tripod Collar Yes
    Physical
    Filter Thread 67 mm
    Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.2 x 6.6" / 8.13 x 16.76 cm
    Weight 2.29 lb / 1.04 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 3.9 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.0 x 7.5 x 5.0"

    Pentax 60-250mm f/4.0 reviews

    Zoom Telephoto 60-250mm f/4 ED DA* SDM Autofocus Lens is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 56.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best piece of glass I've ever owned I needed a better zoom for my Pentax K-3. I shoot a lot of Boat Racing and my DA-L 55-300mm just wasn't quite up to the task. I've had my eye on this lens for over a year and finally pulled the trigger. WOW!!! is putting it lightly. My keeper rate soared and the color and clarity of my shots have also improved. The focus on my K-3 with this lens is quick and I'm able to do handheld pans at 1/60th sec. which really gives the impression of speed. I'm including several sample shots so people can see just what this lens can do. All my samples are cropped from the original shots. You don't have to be afraid to crop when using the K-3 with this lens.
    Date published: 2016-05-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A New Classic I have owned this lens for just a few weeks and it has already earned its way into my usual kit. The lens is very useable wide-open and is very sharp from f4.5 on up to at least f13. The image rendering is great and the bokeh is very pleasant. The AF doesn't hunt and it is fast enough. The lens is a little short for wildlife photography and a little slow for low light photography. Still it is a very useable range of focal length and is fast enough for most use. The tripod mount is a little tall so the lens with the mount on doesn't really fit in my camera bag that well. It is easy to remove the tripod mount and the lens is easy enough to hand-hold most of the time.
    Date published: 2009-05-26
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Probably best Pentax zoom As others say, it is slightly heavy, but it does not bother me. At f4, it is very good, but it gets much better at 5.6. Since it is an internal focus lens, at closer distances it is shorter than what you think, depending on the distance. Mine does not back/front focus at all, which is great. Zoom ring is stiff in the middle, it is not a fault. Focus throw is kinda short, so manual focus is not as easy as old Pentax lenses. IMO it focuses fast enough even in low light, and very quiet. I like it, but not perfect to give 5 stars, it is 4.5. I had a hard time to choose between this and the 70-200 ones, but I finally chose the 60-250.
    Date published: 2014-11-14
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from SDM comment 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. Switched from auto focus to Manual and still had issues with focusing. Lens just went wonky. Upon return, took lens in to Canadian Pentax repair depot in GTA. SDM replaced for a charge with a new version of the motor ( their choosing ). Too soon to rate but initially seems to be working.
    Date published: 2016-05-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Excellent Excellent First copy that I received from B&H is a defective product, it had serious back focus issue and dust particles inside the lens. I exchanged it with another copy of lens. 3 things that amazed me is sharpness (monopod or tripod is must if you are shooting with low shutter speed and you have to turn image stabilization ON), color rendition and bokeh. Its bit heavy but at every focal it will be like a prime lens and very very useful range (60-250). If you are in dilemma like me between DA star 50-135 f/2.8 and DA star 60-250mm f/4 then I would recommend DA star 60-250mm lens if you have latest pentax camera (I own Pentax k3). At ISO 1600 and 3200, I got an excellent images in home with one light.
    Date published: 2014-03-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Lens! Sharpest lens I own. Sharper than my Tamron 300mm f2.8. Use this lens for wildlife, flower, insect, and some landscape photography. It has exceeded my expectations and I find that I use it much more often than I thought I would for its critical sharpness and color rendering. It is worth carrying the weight around and while I have been shooting Pentax for 30 years, coupled to the K5 this is the best combo I have ever had the pleasure to use. Would have been nice to go all the way to 300mm.
    Date published: 2011-10-31
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Substantial performance I use this as a general carry-around, hand-held outdoor lens for hiking, nature shots, etc. It produces outstanding images and is versatile enough for all manner of subjects. The hood is handy and effective. Build quality is generally excellent. The size and weight are...formidable, though. The tension on the zoom is inconsistent--quite slack at the beginning and end of the range and more resistant from 100-150mm. It works its way out to 80mm quite quickly when carried. There's a barely perceptible looseness at the mount (K-x) not present with other lenses. This is my primary lens--the versatility is worth the heft.
    Date published: 2010-05-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Lens I've only had this for a few weeks, but the learning curve is fast and the photos are excellent. The lens is very good wide open for sports photography with my sweet spot being at f/4.5 - f/5.6. At f/5.6-f/8 the lens is generally sharpest but the background starts to come in focus. Great contrast and I like the bokeh. The lab reviews you see online (e.g., dpreview) seem on the money. This lens is actually light enough to hand hold w/o a monopod/tripod if the shutter speed is fast enough. The build quality is excellent. THe tripod mount is easy to use.
    Date published: 2011-09-26
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    Pentax 60-250mm f/4.0 accessories

    Designed for use with:

    • Pentax K-3 II
    • Pentax K-70
    • Pentax K-S2
    • Pentax KP
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