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Opteka 650-2500mm HD Telephoto Zoom Lens does the job
on February 28, 2011
I bought this lens for one purpose - to be able to take better long-range shots and video of the local peregrine falcons on their nest ledge. Most of the shooting I will be doing with it will be from between 400-600 feet away from the birds, so I'm not expecting razor sharp detail; just recognizable falcon images that are larger than a pinpoint. The weight of the lens is a non-issue for me, since I can drive right up and set my gear up right beside the car; I wouldn't want to carry it along on a hike of any distance. It took some practice to arrange a setup that will hold the camera and lens motionless, and I did need to get a heavy duty tripod, but I have already been able to get some decent video and still shots. With practice I expect to do even better. The manual focus is pretty simple, although at full extension it is a real stretch of the arms for a small person. I have noticed that the image tends to be sharper and brighter at the shorter length; users need to be aware of this. I don't guess I'll be taking professional grade photos with it, but I am more than satisified; it was affordable on a fixed income, and for my intended use, it gets the job done.