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Opteka 650-1300mm High Definition Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon EOS Digital SLR Cameras
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- High-index / low-dispersion optical glass, Fully multi-coated, every element, Anti-reflection coating
- Designed to maximize day and night shots by providing maximum light and image transmission with minimum distortion, Fantastic for all types of photographic situations
- Great for the wildlife or nature photographer who wants to be hidden while taking photos of the subject
- Carrying bag and lens caps included
- 10 Year warranty
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|Item Dimensions||1.67 x 1.67 x 7.09 inches|
|Item Weight||0.01 pounds|
|Maximum Aperture Range||8|
|Maximum Focal Length||1,300 mm|
|Minimum Focal Length||650 mm|
|Minimum Focal Range||650 mm|
|Shipping Weight||5.7 pounds|
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|Sold By||47th Street Photo.||47th Street Photo.||47th Street Photo.||47th Street Photo.||47th Street Photo.||47th Street Photo.|
|Compatible Mountings||Canon EF,Canon EF-S, Canon EF, Canon EF-S||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 (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||Canon EF, Canon EF|
|Item Dimensions||1.67 x 7.09 x 1.67 in||4.1 x 18.5 x 4.1 in||4.1 x 18.5 x 4.1 in||3.5 x 14.6 x 3.5 in||3.5 x 14.6 x 3.5 in||6 x 6 x 24 in|
|Item Weight||0.21 ounces||0.9 lb||0.9 lb||0.61 lb||0.61 lb||1.22 lbs|
|Maximum Focal Length||1,300 millimeters||2,600 millimeters||2,600 millimeters||1,000 millimeters||1,000 millimeters||2,600 millimeters|
|Minimum Focal Length||650 millimeters||650 millimeters||650 millimeters||500 millimeters||500 millimeters||650 millimeters|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||—||95 millimeters||95 millimeters||67 millimeters||67 millimeters||95 millimeters|
The Opteka 650-1300mm high definition super telephoto zoom lens is perfect for the professional and amateur photographer alike. 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.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 product is designed for Canon EOS
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A low priced, low quality lens that does a specific job.
I only needed something super telescopic for those few times I might see a hawk or eagle at a distance. Just to capture the moment, note to record for all prosperity.
The closest object I could focus on was about 100 feet away. Anything closer will not focus, which is OK of course.
The lens is extremely slow, so you'll want to pop your ISO way up, even on bright days.
The lens is heavy, and needs a tripod. I've shot without, but it is like having another leg sticking out of your face.
There is no autofocus.
But, good for specific purpose.
got it to me early, very pleased with it and in summer will hopefully have a lot of good wild life picts. thanks to amazon and 47th street photo (mogy) keith c
Using tripod is essential of course since it is very heavy and there is no Image stabilizer.
Also you can buy the opteka 2x teleconvertor to double your focal length to 2600mm ,but the quality will be MORE bad, actually i'm using this lens for the moon only until now...
I received the lens on Friday and spent the weekend trying to find a way to make it work for me. I was pleasantly surprised to find it came with a case, only to be equally disappointed to see that the zipper handle on the case was non-existent.
The lens seems to be in working order. I found the "slide" zoom function to be clumsy at best. It never really "locked" into place and even at the loosest setting it didn't slide smoothly. That in itself would not have been enough to reject the lens. I didn't have issue with manual focusing.
My biggest issue was trying to frame shots with the lens. I tried to mount it on my tripod and I could never get it to hold a frame after setting it. The weight of the lens/camera made it "droop" every time. I admit, my tripod is about as cheap as they come, so I went to a camera shop and tried some higher end tripods. I tried tripods and heads until I got to my price point and was still never satisfied with the ability to lock the frame in place. I don't want to know how much I would need to spend to buy a tripod that would properly support this lens by itself.
Trying to find some usefulness for this item, I tried to give up on using a tripod alone for mounting the lens and took it out for some shots using the tripod as an assistant, holding the camera in my hands. I got to a point where I was able to manage the camera and frame shots using this method. Some of them even came out OK. Overall, I was not impressed with the quality of shots. I'm sure that some of that is learning curve and practice, but I didn't know how bad most of the shots were until I got home and previewed them on the computer. I would have been really angered if I had been in some "rare" or meaningful photo ops only to find later that I couldn't use most of the pics at all.
For the trial mentioned above, I had to carry the lens and tripod in one of my hands while hiking and found that to be very cumbersome. I had to set that stuff down to take shots with my other lens, which besides being annoying, doesn't work well when trying to shoot wildlife. After about 2 miles, they became uncomfortable handle. If it was easier to handle, I probably would keep it and try to get to know it, but I'd have to either buy a much bigger camera bag or make something for easier transport, neither of which I'd like to do for a product I'm already having other issues with.
I liked the range of the lens and tried really hard to convince myself to make it work because of that. In the end, I looked in my crystal ball and saw this lens sitting in a closet or locked in the trunk more often than not when doing shoots. It's just too bulky for my style of shooting and I didn't want to spend another $1,000+ to justify keeping this lens.
I expect this lens would work for somebody with more experience and with gear (very high end tripod and head, very large camera bag) to support it properly. I wouldn't recommend this lens for wildlife shooting (very hard to get a focused shot on a moving object). Probably adequate for long distance still shots on proper tripod using a remote shutter controller.
I'm in the process of returning this item, hoping not to have to update this review with issues regarding that process.
It is unfortunate that I have to update this review with a vendor bash. The return process included a 15% restocking fee, which was not obvious at time of order. Why do businesses always insist on hiding the information that they know will make you think twice about doing business with them? The bottom line is it cost me over $60 to TRY to do business with them and all I have to show for it is a $22 shipping receipt. If you want to try this lens out, do not buy it from 47th Street Photo unless you enjoy just giving money away.
You HAVE to have a tripod, and the tripod has to be really beefy. I bought the heaviest tripod I could find in town, and the one I bought couldn't hold this thing up without bending.
This scope (because that's what it is) looks expensive, but feels cheap. The focus and zoom locks are friction based and feel like they're going to wear out sooner, rather than later. You're going to want to use this to get close to something that's far, far away and that is a LOT of work. Even with my new, beefy tripod, I had to bungie the lens (yes, with a bungie cord) and aim above what I was shooting. I had to aim it such that when I let go of it to shoot, the weight would drop it down to the correct position.
I gave it two stars only because, in sufficient light (i.e, noon in August on a good day) you can still take good pictures. This would make a great telescope for the girls, and that's what I'm going to convert it to as soon as I can find the adapter.
I can't emphasize the quality of this lens enough. This lens is rare in one way--quality this poor is getting harder and harder to find. If you have too much money, I recommend you buy this lens. Otherwise, save up your cash and buy something else. Seriously. Don't think this lens is going to save you money.