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Minolta 500mm F/8 AF Mirror Lens

by Minolta

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  • For use with the Maxxum 7xi/5000i/7000i/8000i
  • May be used with other Minolta AF SLRs in the manual mode
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Minolta
  • Lens Type: telephoto

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Product Details

  • ASIN: B000I67V3U
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at August 30, 2006

Product Description

Compact, autofocusing, reflex-type telephoto.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thomas C. Banks on November 3, 2013
After Sony bought Minolta they continued to make this lens until around 2010. It's unfortunate Sony dropped this lens from its line-up because I surely would have bought a new copy over a used one. In fact, since this lens is unique in being the only autofocus 500mm reflex ever made, I could see people buying the Sony platform simply for this lens! The alternative is cheap manual t-mount lens, more expensive and heavier off-brand zooms (e.g., Sigma), or outrageously priced Sony (or Nikon/Canon/etc.) prime lenses priced like a good used car. Minolta lenses work fine on Sony cameras like my a65. My experience is you'll get a far better price on the older Minolta version than the Sony one but your mileage may vary.

So how is the lens? I hope to upload some test shots I took at the zoo (like I did for my Sony 75-300mm). The take-away is I'm pretty confident anybody in the market for a 500mm reflex lens will absolutely fall in love with it! I was able to hand hold it at the zoo and take over 500 shots with less than 10 ending up blurry. This was on a somewhat cloudy fall day where the sun wasn't the brightest. The lens is by no means light but I carried it for 2 1/2 hours without any fatigue. The lens is so compact it doesn't require a collar mount.

The auto focus is fast but it will hunt at times, particularly when I'm shooting through cages - huge surprise - and sometimes I will set it to manual. However, I typically let it set the focus in auto first even in those cases then switch to manual for minor adjustments while taking pictures. It's a Minolta/Sony prime lens so you know it's sharp!

The disadvantages of this lens are the well known disadvantages of any reflex lens. The aperture is fixed at f8. There's no stopping down to increase your depth of field.
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By RONWA on April 13, 2014
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I ordered this lens from "The Camera Broker" through Amazon. It was represented as "Used-Like New" and it is. All the parts such as case, two filters, and two lens caps were there and in like-new condition as was the lens. I got it on the sixth day of the order and would likely have had it sooner had I not ordered it on a Friday. I was also issued a tracking number to follow it en route.

There are many articles and discussions about mirror lenses, and this model in particular, so I will not go over all that again here
other than to say that this is a very special lens and you should know the pluses and minuses before purchasing. Using it on a Sony Alpha 55, I find it to focus quickly and accurately and to produce sharp pictures when used on a monopod. A tripod would likely provide even more stability but at the cost of less mobility. All mirror lenses will produce the small donuts from busy backgrounds so watch your framing, unless you like the look. The aperture is fixed at f8 so you need good light or a high ISO to prevent movement blur. It is also fixed at a focal length of 500 mm (750 mm equivalent on an APS-C camera such as mine). I love the reach but it is not a zoom lens to carry about town. It is great for birds and such and is very light weight and mobile.

This lens and its twin with the Sony brand name are discontinued so used is the only option for them and there are no others with auto focus. Manual focus lenses of this focal length cost a lot less but I have found them to be difficult for me to focus accurately. My caution if you buy this lens is to be sure you get the two filters that came with the lens. I have heard that replacements cost $100 each, plus shipping but I do not even know if they are available from Sony anymore.
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