Pentax SMC DA* 60-250mm f/4 ED [IF] SDM - Review / Test Report - Sample Images & Verdict
Lens Reviews - Pentax

Sample Shots

Here're some sample images kindly provided and copyright by Falk Lumo! The images were taken with a K-7 and K-x and RAW-converted via Lightroom.

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Make PENTAX
Model PENTAX K-7
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 118.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/80s
Make PENTAX
Model PENTAX K-7
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 60.0mm
Aperture: f/4.5
Exposure 1/200s
Make PENTAX
Model PENTAX K-7
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 60.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/400s
Make PENTAX
Model PENTAX K-x
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 118.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/250s
Make PENTAX
Model PENTAX K-7
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 250.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/800s
Make PENTAX
Model PENTAX K-7
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 250.0mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure 1/1000s

Verdict

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. While not formally tested the high quality of the bokeh (out-of-focus blur) seems to be a differentiator compared to similar lenses - long tele zoom lenses are often problematic here. The build quality is exceptionally high and up to pro standards. The AF operates virutally silent and fast (although not blazingly speedy). All-in-all a sound offer albeit a somewhat pricey one.

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