ProOptic 500mm f/8 H.D. Mirror, Manual Focus Lens , T-Mount Mirror, Manual Focus Lens

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About ProOptic 500mm F/8

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/8. 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. T mount purchases seperatly.
Quality optics ..(not made in China)


The ProOptic 500mm F/8 is commonly used for Landscape/scenery, Wildlife photos and more.The ProOptic 500mm F/8 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast among others.The ProOptic 500mm F/8 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the ProOptic 500mm F/8: Easily interchangeable and Lightweight

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Lightweight (7),Easily interchangeable (5),Durable (3),Strong construction (3)
Best Uses:
Wildlife photos (7),Landscape/scenery (6),Sports/action (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (6)

ProOptic 500mm F/8 Specifications

Type
Lightweight camera lens only weighs 12.7 ounces
Mount Thread Size:
T mount
Minimum Focusing Distance:
About 6 feet
Maximum Aperture
f32
Minimum Aperture
f8
Angle of View
5 degree
Lens Construction
7 elements in 6 groups
Maximum Magnification Ratio
Macro magnification: 1:2.7
Filter Diameter
72mm for front 30.5mm for Rear
Compatible Mount
mounts available for Canon FD, Canon EOS, Nikon, Minolta, Sony, Pentax, Olympus,4/3, See total selection LNTM*
Warranty
5 years
Weight:
12.7 Oz
Dimensions:
4 in. L x 3 in. Diameter
Mfr #
5008
SKU
PRO5008XX

ProOptic 500mm F/8 Reviews

Review Snapshot®

 
3.8

(based on 10 reviews)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Please, allow me to retort.

If you can put a 500mm lens in your bag that's no bigger than a can of soup (Progresso-not Campbell's) for [$], why not? More people ask to borrow this lens than any other in my bag, and because of the price-I let them.This is not a lens to take photos that will be critically judged, but if you're out hiking and you see Bigfoot 200 yards away, you'll be glad you have it. And if you practice a bit, you can hand-hold it.It's manual focus...So was every lens I owned prior to 1996. My best glass ...

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If you can put a 500mm lens in your bag that's no bigger than a can of soup (Progresso-not Campbell's) for [$], why not? More people ask to borrow this lens than any other in my bag, and because of the price-I let them.This is not a lens to take photos that will be critically judged, but if you're out hiking and you see Bigfoot 200 yards away, you'll be glad you have it. And if you practice a bit, you can hand-hold it.It's manual focus...So was every lens I owned prior to 1996. My best glass still is.The Bokkeh is bad. NO, there's a mirror in the center of the front element, so the bokkeh looks like little donuts everywhere there's a light spot that's not in focus, but you can sit in the center field bleachers and get a full frame shot of your kid at bat and see the expression on his face...for [$]. Take pics of the other kids and email them to their parents, who will love them! Will it be as good as a shot taken with a $6000 500mm f4? No. Will anyone care? No. Will most of us ever own one of these lenses? Probably not. Even if I did, I'd still own one of these.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

STAY AWAY FROM THESE!

Ok guys, I know the cheap price looks really, really tempting. CONTROL YOURSELF. What might be good for a astronomer is NOT good for you. These things are horrible. Aside from having a fixed f-stop, the bokeh (that's the creamy blurry background behind your subject that makes all the difference) is really, really horrible on these things. REALLY bad. If you have money to burn and are looking to play with really interesting lenses, then sure, go for it. otherwise, i HIGHLY reccomend that you ...

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Ok guys, I know the cheap price looks really, really tempting. CONTROL YOURSELF. What might be good for a astronomer is NOT good for you. These things are horrible. Aside from having a fixed f-stop, the bokeh (that's the creamy blurry background behind your subject that makes all the difference) is really, really horrible on these things. REALLY bad. If you have money to burn and are looking to play with really interesting lenses, then sure, go for it. otherwise, i HIGHLY reccomend that you bite the bullet and go with a high quality, traditional telephoto.

Reviewed by 10 customers

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Lots of fun

By

from Albuquerque, NM  -  Photo Enthusiast

Got this for fun past 300mm in kit already. Great if you have adequate light and can keep light behind you, I may build a hood. Friends buying T adapters for their Nikon and Canon to borrow this after I showed how to avoid the haze. You must take tripod to get consistant crisp results. Has Manual focus and I am still slow at this.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good Cheap Toy

By

from West Glacier, MT  -  Photo Enthusiast

If you have the money to spend on a pro lens, do so. If you're like me, this is a good way to go. Just remember that you'll likely want to stay in burst mode or have a tripod along, especially if you have shaky hands. Macro focusing can be tricky if you have, say, a group of flowers of different heights, but again, a tripod should solve most of this. The lens is very lightweight, and the filters are nice to have even if you don't use them much. Also, I found no difficulty fitting this to a t-mount adapter, so do not let this dissuade you.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Interesting Toy

By

from West Glacier, MT  -  Photo Enthusiast

Price is really the key. If you don't have thousands to drop on a lens, this will do fine, but be aware that if you have shaky hands, you will need a tripod or at the very least burst mode. Focusing on a close group of subjects-say a bunch of flowers of different heights is a bit tricky no matter what, but the effects produced are at least interesting.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

good lense

By

from Calexico,CA  -  Photo Enthusiast

It's great to work with this at distances. It gives you a great shallow depth of field.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent, for what it is.

By

from lawrence, KS  -  Semi-pro Photographer

This lens is essentially a small reflector telescope.that's why I got it, and in that capacity, it's great. it's much easier to deal with than trying to mount the camera to a similar sized telescope, it's much more compact, and the focusing, while tricky, is a lot easier than trying to focus a telescope with a camera body attached.so: it's a telescope, but it's almost as easy to use, and almost the same size as, the kit lens. Actually, it is almost the same size/weight as my canon 55-250 ef zoom lens. to compare it to that lens, in this intended application: it has twice the focal length (500 vs 250), its aperture is about 70mm vs about 45mm for the canon (meaning it gathers twice the light, in a telescope sense).downsides: no autofocus, no image stabilization (which would be nice for this lens), the focal plane is razor thin, making focusing on anything moving a tricky thing, and in fact: the photographer breathing can tend to drift things in and out of focus, even at fairly long distances.my impressions of it are: that it is really high quality for the price. that, for what it intends to do, it performs amazingly well. and that it does something that really can't be done by anything but a multi-thousand dollar lens in terms of its focal length and light gathering. and comparing it physically to those long canons and sigmas and such: this one is small enough that you can actually keep it with you.really really happy with this. thinking about trying one of the larger similar lenses.I have a set of images up at flickr, [@]

 
4.0

Big bang for the buck

By

from spanaway wa  -  Photo Enthusiast

Still getting used to the lens, but think it will be a real asset as I learn what it can do.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Please, allow me to retort.

By

from Cincinnati  -  Semi-pro Photographer

If you can put a 500mm lens in your bag that's no bigger than a can of soup (Progresso-not Campbell's) for [$], why not? More people ask to borrow this lens than any other in my bag, and because of the price-I let them.This is not a lens to take photos that will be critically judged, but if you're out hiking and you see Bigfoot 200 yards away, you'll be glad you have it. And if you practice a bit, you can hand-hold it.It's manual focus...So was every lens I owned prior to 1996. My best glass still is.The Bokkeh is bad. NO, there's a mirror in the center of the front element, so the bokkeh looks like little donuts everywhere there's a light spot that's not in focus, but you can sit in the center field bleachers and get a full frame shot of your kid at bat and see the expression on his face...for [$]. Take pics of the other kids and email them to their parents, who will love them! Will it be as good as a shot taken with a $6000 500mm f4? No. Will anyone care? No. Will most of us ever own one of these lenses? Probably not. Even if I did, I'd still own one of these.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Mirror lens is very light

By

from Brisbane, Australia  -  Photo Enthusiast

These lenses are light, affordable, free of chromatic aberration and enable photographs that would otherwise be impossible. It is always adviseable to use a tripod with such a long lens, but I have been very successful handheld at 1/1000s and less. With in body stabilization this might come down much further. Well worth trying.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Well worth the price for student

By

from Chicago IL  -  Pro Photographer

This is a very good buy if you are a student. I have pretty much the exact same lens that I payed about 2 1/2 times the price a few years ago. My students love it. It has been used on six different Canon bodies with great results. Of course you are going back to old slr technique, but the b+w film results are worth it alone. Great lens for teaching and experimenting with.

(11 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

STAY AWAY FROM THESE!

By

from Lincoln, NE  -  Professional

Ok guys, I know the cheap price looks really, really tempting. CONTROL YOURSELF. What might be good for a astronomer is NOT good for you. These things are horrible. Aside from having a fixed f-stop, the bokeh (that's the creamy blurry background behind your subject that makes all the difference) is really, really horrible on these things. REALLY bad. If you have money to burn and are looking to play with really interesting lenses, then sure, go for it. otherwise, i HIGHLY reccomend that you bite the bullet and go with a high quality, traditional telephoto.

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Gus H  Hi, this lens will work on a Olympus E620 or Canon 20 D? Thks a lot
ERIC A  This lens uses a T-Mount. You will need a T-Mount adapter for your camera. I use this lens on my Canon DSLR and my Olympus E-PL3. Here's the adapter for an Olympus SLR: http://www.adorama.com/LNTMOM.html Here is an adapter for a Canon SLR: http://www.adorama.com/LNTMEOS.html
Lyle S  I have 2 Sony 35mm auto focus cameras, will this lense fit and work on them. And if it will fit and work, where will get the T mount that is needed for mounting it on my cameras?? Thank you
T R  I cannot answer to the exact T ring adaptor you would need without knowing which model Sony camera(s) you have. Once you find the correct T ring adaptor for your camera, this lens will work only on the manual setting. The aperture is set at f/6.3. You have to manually focus the lens and set the exposure time on your camera.
Shopper  What adapter would you need to mount this item on a Sony alpha mount camera?
REILLY Y  I used the lens with the T-mount on my old minolta 600si,but had to be used in manual focus. I also have a sony alpha 390 digital,it will mount on this camera but the camera will not recognize the lens ,so it will not work. Ihope this answers your question. Thanks,Reilly
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