ProOptic 500mm f/6.3 Mirror Lens for Olympus E Series DSLRs - (Four Thirds System)


About ProOptic 500mm F/6.3

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Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Lightweight (39),Easily interchangeable (33),Strong construction (32),Consistent output (31),Durable (21),Rugged (18),Fast / accurate auto-focus (16)
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 Reviews

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(based on 81 reviews)

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Reviewed by 81 customers


Great for the money.


from Virginia BeaCH, va  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Great lens for the money.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)




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.


Worked Surprisingly Well


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)


I had to send it back. the lens was loos


from Logan Utah

could not use it


Exactually as promoted


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.


As good as advertised.


from Hastings, Nebraska  -  Semi-pro Photographer

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


RE: T-maount


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.


500mm Lens Mirror


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)


Sunny 16 rule


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.


Good Bargain


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?
DAVID L  Because of sensor doubling with the Olympus 4/3 cameras, I got a 1000mm lens for shooting wildlife. Great price, but definitely has some limitations.
Toby S  Olympus & non Olympus users, Are you happy with the performance of this lens?
JOEJOSEPH O  unfortunately no ,adjusting to focus is to difficult . sorry I tried it because it seemed to be an inexpensive alternative but its unsatisfactoty.
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