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500mm Mirror Lens + 2x Converter + Manual Focus + Handheld + Surf = ....

 
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Jun 05, 2016 14:40 |  #1

Despite the negative reviews, I purchased a Opteka 500mm mirror lens and a 2x teleconverter awhile ago. Last week I was finally able to go to the beach and take some test shots. Per the title, My final set up was a manual focus 1000mm lens @ f 12.6 on a Sony a7ii. The IBIS in the Sony is what allowed me to handhold the lens and at 1000mm, I think thats amazing.

I was shooting at 1/1600. Because its a mirror lens, the aperture was fixed at 12.6 ( 6.3 + 2x tele ) and the ISO was 800 to 1250. This trip I was more interested in the reach of the lens and next time out I will try to figure out the sweet spot for the settings.

I was pleased with the results. However, the contrast and sharpness of this lens is horrible and it took a lot of adjustments in Lightroom.

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Dec 28, 2016 11:08 |  #2

I'm thinking about the same lens to replace an '81 vintage Soligor that's gone missing on me.

Nice images. That's about what I recall, quality wise, from my Soligor taking images of North Korea.




  
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Dec 28, 2016 13:21 |  #3

Not bad but why not stick canon 400mm f5.6. Used those are cheap and I assume with adapters you have auto focus.


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Dec 28, 2016 13:53 |  #4

bobbyz wrote in post #18225770 (external link)
Not bad but why not stick canon 400mm f5.6. Used those are cheap and I assume with adapters you have auto focus.

No where near as cheap as a mirror lens. Right now I think you can get the Opteka for a tad over $100 new and I have seen used ones well below $100. That's pretty darn cheap.


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Dec 28, 2016 13:54 |  #5

Well, I looked it up and Wallymart (external link) is selling it for $82.


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Dec 28, 2016 18:47 as a reply to  @ gjl711's post |  #6

That sounds like without T-mount adapter or 2x teleconverter.

If I get one, it'll be from Amazon.




  
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Dec 29, 2016 15:41 |  #7

your camera is awesome; it truly deserves a better lens


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Dec 29, 2016 16:38 |  #8

camarillo wrote in post #18226879 (external link)
your camera is awesome; it truly deserves a better lens

+1......There is a reason the lens is only $82 new ....Why buy a good camera and put a lens like that on it..


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+1......There is a reason the lens is only $82 new ....Why buy a good camera and put a lens like that on it..

Because for the very few times it's needed or wanted, it's not worth investing $1500 or $10,000 in for the next options. I'm seriously looking at the P900 because every once in a while 2000mm would be handy and i don't have $120,000 laying around for the Canon equivalent. :) Sure it's a toy, but for ~$100, it works.


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Dec 29, 2016 16:56 |  #10

don1163 wrote in post #18226935 (external link)
Why buy a good camera and put a lens like that on it..

Edification, sense of adventure, and honing manual focus skills are a few that come to mind, but far be it from me to question or assume anything about the OP's motivation. :rolleyes:


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Dec 29, 2016 17:58 |  #11

don1163 wrote in post #18226935 (external link)
+1......There is a reason the lens is only $82 new ....Why buy a good camera and put a lens like that on it..

Because you haven't got $1,000-$5,000 for a lens you're not going to use more than a few times a year?

Because the Army let their stuff get stolen and you're not going to buy a $1,000 lens and loan it to them... for free?




  
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Dec 29, 2016 18:03 |  #12

I'm still debating between a 500mm mirror and one of the 650-1300mm refractors.

Either will be more than good enough to take occasional pictures of the ice on Lake Erie, boats on the lake, and the Cleveland and Lakewood skylines.




  
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Dec 30, 2016 07:42 |  #13

I ended up ordering the Opteka 500mm F6.3 and 2x package from Amazon last night.

I'll probably trip over the Soligor getting ready for work tomorrow...




  
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Dec 30, 2016 08:32 |  #14

I'm still leaning to one of the mega-zooms like the P900. If only it had raw capability.


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Dec 30, 2016 08:36 |  #15

gjl711 wrote in post #18227586 (external link)
I'm still leaning to one of the mega-zooms like the P900. If only it had raw capability.

Is that one of the 650-1300mm refractors, or a better quality lens?

Why would it not shoot in RAW?




  
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