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Opteka 500mm f/8 High Definition Telephoto Mirror Lens for Nikon D4S, DF, D4, D3X, D810, D800, D750, D610, D600, D7100, D7000, D5500, D5300, D5200, D5100, D3300, D3200 and D3100 Digital SLR Cameras

2.8 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews
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  • High definition optics produce sharper, more intense pictures
  • Incredibly compact and lightweight, Fully Multi-coated, Manual Focus
  • Soft pouch and three (3) rear mounted, 30.5mm filters, (ND-2X, ND-4X & Skylight)
  • May be combined with the Opteka 2X Multiplier for 1000mm Zoom (Sold separately - 47st Photo Item Code: B000JSZ41S)
  • 10 Year Warranty
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Product Description

The Opteka manual focus mirror lens is incredibly compact and lightweight. Using an advanced reflex design, this is a mirror lens that is ideally suited for wildlife and sports photography. It has a fixed aperture of f8. It comes complete with a soft pouch and three (3) rear mounted, 30.5mm filters, (ND-2X, ND-4X & Skylight). Opteka mirror lenses incorporates advanced computer designed optics and the latest in multi-coating techniques.á The process of multi-coating assures virtually flare free photographs even under adverse lighting conditions resulting in crisp high contrast pictures with full color fidelity.

Specifications
Filter Size: 72mm front, 30.5mm rear
f/Stop Range: f/8.0 (fixed)
Minimum Focus Distance: 5.6' (1.7 m)
Magnification: 1:3
Angle of View: 5Deg
Groups/Elements: 6/7
Length: 3.4" (8.6 cm)
Maximum Diameter: 3.0" (7.6 cm)
Weight: 0.79 lb (360 g)

Included Items
~ Opteka 500mm f/8 Telephoto Mirror Lens
~ 3 Filters (Skylight, Nd 2x, Nd 4x)
~ T-Mount Lens Adapter
~ Lens Caps
~ Lens Pouch
~ 10 Year Warranty

Product Information

Product Dimensions 6.6 x 3.9 x 3.9 inches
Item Weight 1 pounds
Shipping Weight 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ASIN B000HCNFD0
Item model number Opt-500-Mirror-N-D200
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2.8 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews

2.8 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #2,567 in Camera & Photo > Lenses > Camera Lenses
Date first available at Amazon.com November 2, 2006

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By James Hatsis on May 17, 2007
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Yes I know this is not an award winning lens that will pass all those technical tests you see in the photo magazines with flying colors but what do you want for $75? I've paid more than that for a filter. At this price you can feel free to experiment with a long telephoto (this lens should be 750mm equiv on most DSLR cameras)

I say try this lens and if you find that your creative skills start to exceed its' quality and features then by all means invest in a lens costing 10 to 20 times as much... If you are like most photographers out there (me included) I think you will find this lens perfect for the few times you need a long reach telephoto.
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I used this lens long enough to maximize its potential. I shot handhold with ISO 800 at 1/800s when the subject is in sunny day and ISO 1600 at 1/800S when subject is in cloudy day with my 40D, and I just uploaded some here. My subjects are mostly moving people, but focus is no problem with me. I have to say that the deep of field of this lens is very very shallow, and if you don't focus right or if you don't know how to focus a lens which is by turning the focus ring to the right or left, then your picture will be very very soft to a point that is out of focus.

THIS LENS IS OUTDOOR ONLY LENS. Even if you use tripod indoor, focus is nearly impossible because of this lens's maximum aperture is F/8, since you need light to be able to focus.

Lens flare is a big problem. you need to use front or size lighting when using this lens, or you will get very very low contrast pictures.

Post-Process is not an opinion. you have to increase the contrast and the color saturation of every pictures. Sharpness is no way comparable to my other canon L lenses, but when the focus is acceptable and with some Photoshop sharpening, the result is comparable to most consumer-level lens.

I used quite a number of lens before this lens. I own three Canon professional L lens and have sigma's EX line lens. This is the cheapest lens I bought. I learned one thing that a good lens can produce bad picture if you don't know how to use it in an appropriate way. For real, the time I bought my L lens, I am totally count on it, but it disappointed me after I got bad results.

That is to say: buy it if you want to learn to use it. It is good deal for real, for less than 100 dollar.
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For $75 on special I found this to be a good bargain.

It works strictly in manual mode, so you have to know how to actually work your camera! Don't expect anything automatic: if you are a point and shoot photographer in full-auto mode, then this is not the lens for you!

Images are of reasonable quality. I have not detected any distortion. The lens is wonderfully compact for a 500mm telephoto, so I can add it to my collection of lenses in a fairly small camera bag - Otherwise I would not be carrying a telephoto of this magnitude around, and would miss those occasional moments that this can capture.

It also does a great job with macro - So I don't have to carry a separate macro lens around.

Only negative - At a fixed F8 you have to have very good lighting conditions for the lens to be useful at faster shutter speeds - With lower lighting you have to slow the shutter, which can add a lot of shake.
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Of course I didn't expect the same kind of performance as a $$$$ Nikkor lens would give me. So I wasn't disappointed.
But I had hoped for better results -- I put it on a tripod to avoid vibration focusssed as exactly as possible onto a high-contrast banner at a race track. But still I never could a sharp edge from that banner.
Using the same setup & procedure with a different lens, sharpness jumped a lot. Price of that lens also jumped a lot.

I cannot recommend it on D80 and lower as this is a non-CPU lens and metering will not work so it is 100% manual and try & error. The D200 can meter in "M" mode.
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I bought this lens to try and get photographs of birds in my backyard. At first I was quiet disappointed with the result but after playing aroung with the settings I was able to get decent results. I am sure there are a bunch of better lenses out there which could give you better results with less work but not for $95.It is challenging to use this lens and you cannot use it to capture moving objects, If you have been spoiled by an autofocus and auto exposure settings this is going to take practice.
The obvious limitations are:
1. Fixed appurture at f8, it lets in the amount of light at f8 but it has very narrow depth of field! almost like a f2 or something.
2. No autofocus or indicator to tell you the object is in focus. what you see in the viewfinder is what you get.
3. Need to use a monopod or tripod even with a shutterspeed of 1/250 or below, a lot of times I have the lens pressed against a glass window which steadies it well enough.
4. No indication for exposure you have to use the histogram display after each shot and see if you can get the peak in the midline.

The most important part of how you use this lens is you have to customize the programable button on the camera to set the ISO. Take phographs on sutter priority or manual mode and vary the ISO as you would vary the aperture depending on the light. With my Nikon D5000 the picture isnt too grainy at ISO 1600 and am happy with the result. It is interesting to see the out of focus light artifacts look like doughnuts!
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