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Opteka 650-1300mm (with 2x- 1300-2600mm) Telephoto Zoom Lens for Nikon D5, D4, D810, D800, D750, D700, D610, D600, D300, D7200, D7100, D5500, D5300, D5200, D5100, D3300 and D3200 Digital SLR Cameras
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- 650-1300mm f/8 manual focus telephoto lens compatible with full-frame sensors as well as APS-C sensors
- 2x Teleconverter doubles the power of your lens to 1300-2600mm
- 8 Lens elements in 5 groups, low-dispersion multi-coated HD optical glass to reduce flare
- Built-in tripod collar for improved lens balance
- Kit includes 650-1300mm super telephoto zoom lens, 2x doubler, t-mount, case, front and rear caps, 10 year warranty
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|Item Dimensions||4.1 x 4.1 x 18.5 inches|
|Item Weight||0.9 pounds|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description||10 years|
|Maximum Aperture Range||8|
|Maximum Focal Length||2,600 mm|
|Minimum Focal Length||650 mm|
|Minimum Focal Range||650 mm|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||95 mm|
|Shipping Weight||5.8 pounds|
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|Compatible Mountings||Nikon (DX),Nikon (FX),Nikon F,Nikon F(DX), Nikon (DX), Nikon (FX), Nikon F, Nikon F(DX)||Nikon (DX),Nikon (FX),Nikon F,Nikon F(DX), Nikon (DX), Nikon (FX), Nikon F, Nikon F(DX)||Canon EF,Canon EF-S, Canon EF, Canon EF-S||Nikon (DX),Nikon (FX),Nikon F,Nikon F(DX), Nikon (DX), Nikon (FX), Nikon F, Nikon F(DX)||Nikon F||Nikon (DX),Nikon (FX),Nikon F,Nikon F(DX), Nikon (DX), Nikon (FX), Nikon F, Nikon F(DX)|
|Item Dimensions||4.1 x 18.5 x 4.1 in||3.5 x 14.6 x 3.5 in||4.1 x 18.5 x 4.1 in||6 x 18 x 6 in||—||3.5 x 14.6 x 3.5 in|
|Item Weight||0.9 lb||0.61 lb||0.9 lb||0.72 lb||1.76 lbs||0.61 lb|
|Maximum Focal Length||2,600 millimeters||1,000 millimeters||2,600 millimeters||500 millimeters||800 millimeters||1,000 millimeters|
|Minimum Focal Length||650 millimeters||500 millimeters||650 millimeters||500 millimeters||420 millimeters||500 millimeters|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||95 millimeters||67 millimeters||95 millimeters||—||67 millimeters||67 millimeters|
The Opteka 650-1300mm high definition manual focus super telephoto zoom lens is perfect for the professional and amateur photographer alike. Using a 2x tele-converter with a 650-1300mm lens will effectively increase the focal length to 1300-2600mm. A lens set to f/8 will now be f/16. There is a built-in, rotating tripod mount for easily attaching to your tripod or monopod. It's an extremely powerful telephoto zoom lens with the versatility that you need. This lens is great for the wildlife or nature photographer who wants to be hidden while taking photos of the subject. When combined with the included T-mount to fit your camera system, this super telephoto works on both "full frame" cameras as well as the "APS-C" style digital SLR cameras. You can use the lens in "M" manual exposure mode or "A" aperture-priority mode only.
Advances in ultra high-index / low-dispersion optical glasses, new barrel materials, and exotic anti-reflection coatings, along with the latest in computer-aided-design / computer-aided-manufacturing, are combined to produce lenses of unprecedented quality. Diamond-cut from crystal-clear, water-white optical glass, Opteka lenses are ground and polished to a precise precision. This puts more creative control where it belongs, in your hands.
Bright sunlight and a sturdy tripod is recommend when using this lens.
Zoom Type: Push/Pull (Two-touch)
Focus Modes: Manual Focus
Minimum Focus: 16' (4.9 m)
Angle of View: 3.8 to 2 Degrees
Filter Size: 95mm
Max Diameter: 4.1" (105mm)
Length: 18.5" (23.3" at full zoom)
Weight: 4.4 lb (2 kg)
Opteka 650-1300mm Telephoto Zoom Lens
2x High Definition Tele-Converter
T-Mount Lens Adapter
Removable Lens Hood
Padded Pouch with Strap
Seller Warranty Description10 Year
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Here's a review for crop-sensor folks. All comments below are my tests (and results) with a D7100 and D5500 - Nikon DX (APS-C). First off - this lens is a manual focus lens. If you use AUTO on your DSLR mostly - this is probably not for you. Unless you want to learn how to manually focus a monster like this. I bought this lens for the reach to price ratio.
NEW GOTCHA - UV HAZE FILTER -- REMOVE IT
After writing the review I decided to go back and re-test the lens. After taking several test shots, I was surprised at the lack of sharpness compared to what I'd previously experienced. The only equipment change was the addition of a UV Haze filter - it significantly reduced the sharpness. I removed it, and re-tested and found the lens to be decently sharp as stated below. I was surprised how negatively it impacted sharpness.
OTHER NEW GOTCHA - OPTEKA T MOUNT ADAPTER MECHANICAL SLACK
I noticed a slight 'wobble' in the Opteka included t-mount adapter. It turns out the adapter has some mechanical slack in it. I removed it and replaced it with a fotodiox adapter which doesn't have the same slack.
This lens is like an old-time pirate-movie telescope. The shortest range is when the unit itself is shortest. Think of a movie where the protagonist pulls the tube in and out against their eye. The lens feels most solid when it's shortest. That's 650mm. When you pull it out to 1300mm it does slightly bend, and it is *much* tougher to use. You can use it at 1300mm but it requires probably 5x the effort as at 650mm.
HAND-HELD (ARE YOU CRAZY?):
Unlike some folks say, you *can* hand-hold this lens - at 650mm, but it's heavy, and not much fun. My experience has been that I needed to use ISO 1600 on a clear day to get anything like a decent shot. Most shots will be throw-aways too. If you can find something to brace yourself on, then you can get some decent shots hand-held, but I would *never* recommend this as a hand-held lens. It's obviously going to depend on the ISO and your shutter speed. If you have a body that can do crazy high ISO with low noise, then go-for-it.
USE A TRIPOD + REMOTE RELEASE + MIRROR LOCK UP (if you can)
On a tripod at 650 it's fine. It's fun (if slightly masochistic) to shoot stuff with this lens. You will want a remote release, or at the very least to use the exposure delay mode. I tend to use an IR remote release - (Nikon ML-L3) wireless. I've also tried it with a remote release (cable) and an intervalometer. Either way it's fine, just be sure your cable isn't swinging about if you are tring to shoot with it extended to 1300mm.
Focussing at 650 mm is easy enough. The feel of the focus grip is good too. It's surprisingly good for the cost. Sharpness is decent too- not awesome, but not crap either. Focus is highly dependent on your patience. You need to be steady and slow, and did I mention patient? I use the standard technique of zooming in all the way while in live-view and focussing. I've focussed it when hand-held on the D7100 via the view-finder in bright sunlight too - and it's doable, but it's tough, and I have a magnifying view-finder on my D7100.
1300m - is a bit tough. First off - your arm is stretched ouuuuuutttt to reach. It's reachable for sure for most folks - might be tough if your arms are especially short. The bigger thing is that when you extend it, the vibrations increase, and it's not as sturdy. I'd estimate it's 5x as hard to focus at 1300mm as at 650mm - simply because even while using *all the tricks* like zooming in on live view, keeping your hand on the focus and letting the image settle, and just ever so slightly putting a little pressure - you need to let the image stabilize. With large objects it's not too difficult. I did find it pretty darn tough when I decided to shoot mars and jupiter with this thing.
OPTICS - DO THEY REALLY SUCK?
There's noticeable chromatic aberration. That's pretty much unavoidable without better optics (and loads more dough). It isn't terrible at 650. I can handle it at 1300mm. It goes with the territory.
MY BOX SAID 2600mm! -- REVISED 7/4/2016
My unit came with a 2.0x teleconverter. The only thing I'd think about using the teleconverter for would be shooting at 1300mm while not having the thing extended. The delta in image quality wasn't *too* bad - but was noticeable. At 2600 mm - forget about it. I spent a few hours one day testing it out at 2600mm - it's just a nightmare. The problem being the wobble from the extension (at 1300mm) is now magnified 2x. So my 5x harder to focus at 1300mm becomes about 10x harder to focus at 2600mm. You'd basically have to try to focus it, then wait several seconds for the vibration to die away. Then try and twist the focus a tiny tiny small amount. I decided to re-test the teleconverter and focussing at 1300mm with it. Overall in terms of optical quality it's not too bad. Focussing at 1300mm with it was *very* tough but I did manage it.
IS IT WORTH IT?
Totally. When I bought my DSLR's the first thing I did (ok ok - the second thing) was put them in manual mode, and figure out how to manually set the raw physical basics of the camera. If you are like that and feel like trying a really long lens for a really low price then go-for-it. If you are a person who uses your DSLR but doesn't ever switch it out of auto it's not for you.
You will want to beg/borrow/steal (rent?) a really expensive long lens to compare it with.
WHAT HAVE YOU SHOT WITH THAT THING?
Jupiter - including moons. Watch it in live view on the D5500 - the flip out LCD is *awesome* and so convenient.
Moon - zoomed in with live-view looking at craters. The moon and planets *zoom* along though, so you will need to constantly keep adjusting - unless you have a barndoor tracker etc.
Manhattan - from 10+ miles away - at night.
Trees and static stuff.
WHAT ABOUT VIDEO?
Weirdly enough (or normally enough) video isn't that terrible through it. It's definitely fun. I use video to film the moon to get lots of frames for stacking in registax etc).
MOUNTING T-MOUNT - REVISED 7/4/2016
It's a t-mount. The lens comes with a converter from t-mount to your native camera mount. At least mine did. Some folks have recommended buying a different T-mount converter. I actually read horror-story reviews where one person said it broke their DSLR and was black the whole time. I experienced nothing at all like that. I read one review that said they couldn't focus it and needed a different t-mount adapter. I experienced nothing like this. There is plenty of of range to 'either side' of correct focus. During re-testing I noticed a small amount of mechanical 'slack' regardless of how tight the opteka adapter was. I removed it and replaced it with a fotodiox unit and it's much more snug. I don't remember this slack at the time of purchase.
Check your D5500 is in MANUAL mode. On a DSLR you could *think* it broke your body if you don't put the DSLR in manual mode. Why? On the D5500 the screen will display 'no lens' ' if you are NOT in manual mode. It's basically just saying - 'Hey I don't see a lens with aperture control and focus control and all this electronic stuff'. Stick the D5500 into manual mode, and it's fine - it's a manual lens.
Like the pirate's telescope the focus changes as you extend the tube. For big targets this is fine, but if you are crazy enough to point this thing at Jupiter (I am), then it's best to focus and extend, and focus and extend. The reason being that if you pull all the way out to 1300mm, two things will happen. First off your f/8 just became f/16. So everything is lots dimmer. Secondly - everything will be horribly out of focus. So out of focus you won't even see an object. The solution is easy. Extend a bit and focus, extend a bit and focus.
ZOOM GOTCHA - REVISED
At 1300mm on a DX it's pretty much 2000mm. That's a long lens. That means any small movement / wobble can easily throw your target way out of the frame. Couple that with the slight sagging of the lens at 1300mm makes losing sight of your target easy. Just this morning I re-tested for several hours the lens including with the included 2.0x teleconverter. It's difficult to focus for sure, but I'm still impressed with the value for money.
-- It's a fully manual lens. Make sure your DSLR is in manual. If you never use your DSLR in manual this isn't the lens for you unless you want to learn.
-- Replace the T-mount adapter (or at least check it). Mine had mechanical slack reguardless of the amount I tightened it.
-- Don't use the UV Haze filter if you bought one - or at least test it. Mine significantly reduced sharpness.
-- Use a zoomed live-view mode to focus
-- At 1300mm the lens bends - the extra bend and 'give' in the lens makes focussing at 1300mm much more difficult than at 650mm (but it is doable).
-- Optical degradation due to the 2.0x isn't too severe. Focus is the tough thing. Focussing at 1300mm with the 2.0x teleconverter connected is exceedingly-tough. Many minutes will be needed (patience needed).
-- Great value for the money
-- I've bumped the review score from 4 stars to 5 stars based on a bunch more testing
At 650mm f/8, the lens is...decent. It's a fair distance to zoom, and f/8 isn't that dark. The bokeh looks pretty nice. However, at longer focal lengths (1300mm, 2600mm), there is some serious chromatic aberration. Colour fringing is to be expected, and image sharpness/quality is seriously degraded beyond 1300mm. Also, at that point, you're shooting at apertures of f/16 and above, the smallest being f/32. Which brings me to another point.
It's VERY hard to hold this lens. I was barely able to handhold it fully retracted, although it did alright when put on a tripod. One thing to note is that it still is wobbly even on a decent tripod, so it might actually be a good idea to get your hands on a remote shutter. Also, at f/8 and above, it becomes increasingly difficult to shoot at fast enough shutter speeds. The rule is supposed to be "Shoot at a shutter speed reciprocal to your focal length" (i.e., 800mm - 1/800th of a second). But, the fastest I could get for 1300mm on a sunny day was around 1/500. It's not bad, but can make a difference in sharpness. Also, it's basically impossible to work with at all (tripod or not) when you decide to extend the "zoom tube". It's quite bendable and is extremely awkward to handhold or support on a tripod. The weight distribution is just ridiculous. Also, everything is manual with this lens. Not like that would be a big deal, but it's pretty hard to even manually focus. At its extended state? Forget about it.
The only real good things about this lens are its quite pleasant bokeh, its unbelievable zooming distance, and its pricepoint. Its build is pretty sturdy, but is obviously made to look like a professional Canon L lens.
Here are the basic pros and cons, in summary:
- Extremely cumbersome to handle, tripod or not.
- Zoom tube makes handling and composing pictures more a thing of chance than anything.
- Manually focusing is very sensitive and gets even more sensitive once you decide to zoom in.
- It's not sharp at all. The pictures at 100% crop are an eyesore; only 800x600 crops look decent.
- Its aperture ranges from f/8 to f/32 (with teleconverter). You will get very slow shutter speeds (relative to the focal length) even on bright days.
- Chromatic aberration (colour fringing) is somewhat severe. It's quite noticeable and can distract from the subject.
- It has an excellent zoom and range - farther than any other consumer lens ever manufactured.
- Its bokeh is rather pleasant and, when used properly, can create some truly beautiful pictures.
- When images are resized (down to about 800x600 or so), aberrations are less noticeable and look much more pleasing than fullsize photos. You can basically still get some use out of it.
- Saturation and contrast actually aren't that bad; if you want, you can change such settings in image editors.
- Videos don't look bad at all when taken through this lens.
- Finally, it's only $270. There are no lenses that have focal lengths as long as this, and those that come close are priced in the thousands.
With all that said, I'll leave you with this final note: If you're just an amateur or hobbyist who isn't really looking into selling pictures taken with this lens, go for it. Having such a focal length at your disposal will give you a lot of ideas for photos and enable you to capture things from a different perspective. However...this lens is definitely NOT up to par with Canon L lenses, although their focal lengths (at most around 500mm) are not truly comparable. But they don't have any aberrations - this lens has overwhelming colour fringing which is really distracting. If you're a professional looking for a professional look, this lens isn't going to cut it for you. If you're just looking to explore what the world of photography can offer, go for it. It's not that expensive and this lens might come in handy some day. So have some fun, and explore.
But this lens won't get anything more than 2 stars from me.
Only used automatic lenses??? Then buy this one and put it up until you learn. This is not a learning lens. Not for beginners.
It is very heavy. It needs it's own stand or tripod. I used it to photo the solar eclipse and with the right protective eyewear, it did wonderful. I can take perfect pictures a quarter of a mile and further.
It came with its own case and adapter. You must put your camera in manual mode. It's like owning your own telescope. Me and my father have taken photos for years. But he had many difficulties. I did at first. But this is a must have. It is very sensitive and virtually impossible to use without a tripod.
I'm taking really good photos from very distant animals like birds. Really recommend it!
6 stars instead of 5. I have a Nikon 5100 and really satisfied!
*** Not completely satisfied because because the T-Mount Lens Adapter is not working. Although I can attach it to the camera, I can not screw it in the lens, so it never keeps totally fixed. Is it possible to send me another one?