I love this lens. I rented it for an Alaskan cruise. The lens was far better than I am. It brought the bears and glaciers in so crisp and clear while blowing out the background. In a few cases, I opted to bring most everything in focus with a f/18 and was pleasantly surprised. I took over 1200 pictures in Alaska and used this lens for just over 500 of them. The lens was a bit on the hefty side for walking around, but I have a shoulder strap that I attacked to the lens to take the weight off and would recommend if you aren't putting this on a mono or tripod to follow some sort of my example. The image quality is excellent with very little CA (purple fringe) at f/5.6 and above. Some f/4 images at full 250mm had some CA, but that might be due to the available light. The DA* fully lived up to my expectations. Seriously, the only downside I could see about this lens is I want to buy one. If I didn't have the Blackrapid strap, maybe the weight, but as it was... I loved it.
Pentax 60-250mm f/4 ED DA* SDM Autofocus Lens
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Lens rental package includes: Front cap, hood, uv filter and rear cap.
The Pentax DA* 60-250mm f/4 ED (IF) SDM Autofocus Lens is a must have if you are shooting Pentax and interested in sports, action and wildlife photography. This lens was built to endure harsh conditions with excellent dust and weather sealing. Because of the high tech 15-element optics used on this lens you can expect your subjects edge to be sharp.
The quick shift system allows you to quickly switch from autofocus to manual mode in a flip. The auto focus is built in and quick. This is the best Pentax has in the telephoto zoom range.