ProOptic 500mm f/6.3 Mirror, Manual Focus Lens for Nikon SLR Cameras

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About ProOptic 500mm F/6.3

This ProOptic 500mm F/6.3 Bundle comes with: and Shipping is free! . Bonus: No sales tax either, unless you live in New York or New Jersey.

This ultra-telephoto lens is incredibly compact and lightweight. Using an advanced reflex design, the Pro Optic mirror lens is ideally suited for wildlife and sports photography. It has a fixed aperture of f/6.3;that's faster than most 500mm mirror lenses. Simple T-mount adapters screw on the lens to fit almost any SLR camera. Works with auto focus cameras in manual focus mode only. Includes a soft carrying pouch.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Lightweight (39),Easily interchangeable (33),Strong construction (32),Consistent output (31),Durable (21),Rugged (18),Fast / accurate auto-focus (16)
Cons:
Poor in low light (20),Slow focus (14),Blurry focus (11),Heavy (10),Tough to attach (7),Weak casing (4)
Best Uses:
Wildlife photos (33),Landscape/scenery (23),Wildlife (23),Landscape photography (13),Sports/action (10),General purpose (8),Special effects (5),Night photography (4)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (30),Enthusiast (20),Semi-professional (10),Semi-pro photographer (5),Professional (4),Pro photographer (4),Casual photographer (4)

ProOptic 500mm F/6.3 Features

  • Has an F stop of 6.3. That's faster than most 500mm mirror lenses
  • Compact Design. It's less than 5" long
  • Lightweight. Only 24 ounces
  • Convert it to 1000mm.. add 2X converter ...PRO2XTM

ProOptic 500mm F/6.3 Specifications

Type
Mirror Lens
Mount Thread Size:
T-mount fits most SLR cameras
Minimum Focusing Distance:
6.1'
Focal length:
500mm
Maximum Aperture
f/6.3
Angle of View
Filter Diameter
Front 95mm, Rear 34mm
Overall Length
4.7"
Weight:
24.9 oz.
Dimensions:
98mm diameter

ProOptic 500mm F/6.3 Reviews

Review Snapshot®

 
3.5

(based on 81 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (9)

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    (45)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

great little

I use this for distant birding shots ,portraits so far. I just recieved it today and love the power from it. very simple to use. I have the nikon d60 .just screw on adaptor,put on camera like normal lens and make sure its in manual mode. then adjust your lighting . It's very fussy with the adjustment for sharpness but I think if it was a sunny day it would be easier .It's a great option if you want to "get close" to something like birds or animals that spook easy when you get close to them. I...

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I use this for distant birding shots ,portraits so far. I just recieved it today and love the power from it. very simple to use. I have the nikon d60 .just screw on adaptor,put on camera like normal lens and make sure its in manual mode. then adjust your lighting . It's very fussy with the adjustment for sharpness but I think if it was a sunny day it would be easier .It's a great option if you want to "get close" to something like birds or animals that spook easy when you get close to them. I sure am glad I got it and am waiting for a nice sunny day . WORTH THE MONEY SPENT. very simple to use.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not what I expected

After reading the Pop Photo article I was attracted to this lens as a good addition to my Nikon 18-200 lens. The lens was mostly what I expected but the Tmount form Celestron was terrible. It was loose and did not sit well on my D90. First suprise was you can not even use M exposure on the D90. There is no indication of over or under exposure so you can choose the shutter speed, it is all trial and error. Second big surprise is shot pix with the this lens and my 18-200 Nikon. Then cropped th...

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After reading the Pop Photo article I was attracted to this lens as a good addition to my Nikon 18-200 lens. The lens was mostly what I expected but the Tmount form Celestron was terrible. It was loose and did not sit well on my D90. First suprise was you can not even use M exposure on the D90. There is no indication of over or under exposure so you can choose the shutter speed, it is all trial and error. Second big surprise is shot pix with the this lens and my 18-200 Nikon. Then cropped the Nikon shot to get the same cropping as the original uncropped 500mm shot. Surprise the Nikon cropped was better quality - sharpness, and contrast. I wasn't getting any advantage with the 500mm because what I gained in uncropped resolution I lost in contrast and sharpness. So the lens is going back.

Reviewed by 81 customers

 
4.0

Great for the money.

By

from Virginia BeaCH, va  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Great lens for the money.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Useless!

By

from Finland, Europe  -  Photo Enthusiast

I bought the lens in sep 2010 via internet from Adorama in Nyc. The lens was most propably wrongly assembled as you can't get a even close to sharp photo. When adjusting distance you see only a non focus preview and the final pic is useless. As I tested the lens and found it does not meet any of my need. I got angry and put it away. Today nearly 3 yers later I found it in my closet, got angry and checked the lens again. Total useless. Asd I am so far away from Nyc I didn't even think about a return. Don't buy if you can't test before purchase.

 
3.0

Worked Surprisingly Well

By

from LA  -  Photo Enthusiast

Not bad, for the money. Sure, a huge Canon zoom is much better. However, if you just want to have fun and get some crazy nature shots, this is the impulse purchase for you.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

I had to send it back. the lens was loos

By

from Logan Utah

could not use it

 
4.0

Exactually as promoted

By

from Kalamazoo, MI  -  Photo Enthusiast

I am pleased to use the Pro Optic as a long distance lens for wildlife shots. The pictures retain all the color and details I require.

 
4.0

As good as advertised.

By

from Hastings, Nebraska  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Has worked well in the short time I have used it, so far no problems.

 
4.0

RE: T-maount

By

from Albany, CA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

If your T-mount "breaks in two pieces" check the screws that hold the two parts together: they do come loose. If you loose one (or more...) of these you'll just have to get a new T-mount... Keep a jeweler's screwdriver of the appropriate size in your camera bag so you can tighten these screws as needed.

 
4.0

500mm Lens Mirror

By

from Florida  -  Photo Enthusiast

Excellent choice for long lens, somewhat soft but works well with A setting on Nikon. Some sharping needed but great quality for super long lens, suggest tripod or monopod. Suggest adjustable T mount adapter.

(2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sunny 16 rule

By

from pittsburgh, pa  -  Pro Photographer

Back in the olden days when we we used analog capture, we used a trick for determining exposure on the fly called the sunny 16 rule. On a sunny day at F16 you would use the ASA/ISO index as the shutter speed. So if using 200 ASA/ISO then you would be shooting at 1/200 of a second. Open up 2 stops for the shadows. Of course you would need to shift your shutter speed accordingly if you wanted to use a different f stop. Hope this helps.

 
3.0

Good Bargain

By

from Wilmington, DE  -  Pro Photographer

Tested this one against the Phoenix brand I had and this one was sharper, but not as sharp as a more expensive model. Works great with APO DSLR to get an effective range of 800MM to shoot the moon.

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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
JOHN A  This lens is for extreme shooting! The mirror gives some interesting effects and the lens is extremely light. I use this length lens very infrequently and was not ready to pay $20,000++ for a lens that I use once in two years.
Mario  Have a Nikon D7100. I need to take some wedding shots in back of the church. On a tripod, cannot move, low light. Can this lens help me?
KEITH C  No! This lens has a fixed aperture of f/6.3. Therefore you would need to use long exposure (blurry people) or high ISO (noisy image). Also this lens does not produce a very sharp image (you get what pay for) .
jon d  I have a Nikon D3200 DSLR. I know the Pro-Optic 500mm Mirror lens is manual focus and I believe fixed aperture at f/6_3. If I put the D3200 in "Aperture Priority Mode" will the camera light meter adjust the shutter speed to give correct exposure? Or must I operate the D3200 in Manual mode and select the shutter speed myself. Thanks, Jon D
ROLAND R  Jon - Sorry for the delay. Been traveling and didn't have my ProOptic 500mm with me. I just tested your question using a Nikon D300 and in aperture priority mode it did NOT automatically set the shutter speed. Not sure if your D3200 will work or not. Checked the Instruction Booklet - here's what it says. "Both aperture and shutter priority automatic cameras will automatically set the right speed with its auto exposure mechanism, except a few models which it is necessary to operate on a manual function." Suggest you see if you can contact ProOptic and see what they say. FYI, don't expect anything close to the sharpness you get with Nikon glass. I strongly recommend a tripod, or at least a monopod. Hope this helps.
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