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

BH #PE602504DA • MFR #21750
Pentax Zoom Telephoto 60-250mm f/4 ED DA* SDM Autofocus Lens
Key Features
  • 2 ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) Elements
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.

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Pentax DA* 60-250mm f/4 ED (IF) SDM Overview

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

Pentax DA* 60-250mm f/4 ED (IF) SDM Specs

Focal Length60 to 250mm (35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 90 to 375mm)
Maximum Aperturef/4
Minimum Aperturef/32
Lens MountPentax K
Lens Format CoverageAPS-C
Angle of View26.5° to 6.5°
Minimum Focus Distance3.6' / 1.1 m
Maximum Magnification0.14x
Optical Design15 Elements in 13 Groups
Diaphragm Blades9
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationNo
Tripod CollarYes
Filter Size67 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)3.2 x 6.6" / 8.13 x 16.76 cm
Length at Maximum Extension8.8" / 223.45 mm
Weight2.29 lb / 1.04 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight3.78 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)9.9 x 7.45 x 5.05"

Pentax DA* 60-250mm f/4 ED (IF) SDM Reviews

Great for Action on the K3 Mark III

By carl
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-05-13

I've thoroughly tested this lens on the K3 Mk III, and it's got even more life on this camera. Subject tracking is excellent with the new high speed highly sensitive AF system of the K3 Mk III. The optical quality of course is superb as many other reviews have stated. I just wanted to chime in on the AF performance matched with the K3 Mk III- take a look at this lens! It's size is just right, not too big and heavy for hand held action shooting, the speed and accuracy of AF is there, and the build quality is superb. Handles awesome on the K3 Mk III, get one. I wrote an article detailing the K3 Mk III's AF performance here: https://photographic-central.blogspot.com/2021/05/pentax-k3-mk-iii-review-series-2.html

Good quality lenses

By KEUNG
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-01-10

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. ( a plus when Kodak consider bring back the Kodachrome) I will try the lenses on both of my K-50 and my three film camera with the Kodakcrome become available. I have two DA 60-250mm, so I can shot at the object at the same time. The sharpness is very high even at the corner is very good with the hood on. The hood help cut down secondary (residual) chromatic aberration as well. Weight is not an issue since all my Pentax bodies is light weight. Will keep the lenses in use for a very long time to come.

Great Lens

By Patrick
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2016-06-14

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.

Fantastic lens!

By Mort
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2016-05-18

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!

SDM comment

By Yoda boy
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2016-05-02

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.

Best piece of glass I've ever owned

By Keith
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2016-05-02

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.

Great Lens

By Philip
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2018-10-03

While it may be a little on the heavy side to carry its worth the effort, this lens delivers. After only a week of using this lens I am so disappointed with other lenses I own and which I have been delighted with in the past, this lens has raised my expectations bar

Excellent images!

By Anonymous
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-02-17

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 surprised at the crispness of the images. I used it for some portraits outdoors and the results are superb. Also, I took it out for a shoot in a snowstormthanks to the all-weather sealingand didn't have to worry one bit about it. It's built like a tank.

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