The Rokinon 500mm f/6.3 Multi-Coated ED Mirror Lens (Black) is a tremendous addition to any photographer's camera bag. Its lightweight (25oz / 709g) and compact (under 3.5" long) and it focus as close as 6.1' (1.7m). The aperture is fixed at f/6.3. This manual focus lens is constructed from fully multi-coated low-dispersion ED optical glass, with a 95mm front filter thread. A T-ring adapter (available separately) is required to mount this lens to a camera body.
Reviewed by 4 customers
The inexpensive pricetag allows most shooters to enjoy the telephoto experience. Its not the sharpest, but it does get you closer to your subject to make for some fun imagery. A little work in post and you'll have a usable image.
Nice lens for price. It will do nicely for what intend - nature/wildlife photography. A bit heavy, so a tripod will be needed most often. Only complaint, it should be sold with a mandatory choice of adapter mount. Received the lens then realized even though I had searched using the following "mirror lens for Nikon D5200" the hiit appeared as if it were fully compatible with my camera
We needed a 500mm lens for a video project where the camera stood a 50-50 chance of ending up in the water. I wasn't willing to risk a Canon lens (or a 5d camera) that cost several thousand dollars, but this $150 Rokinon on a Canon Rebel T2i did the job nicely. You have to work within its limitations (i.e., single aperture stop and lack of contrast), but we were able to fix everything in post-production. If you're someone who would only need a lens this long occasionally, it's a good buy.
I bought this to compliment my 55-300 zoom. and I'm happy with the pictures. I have a Pond with trees on the other side, so a Tripod and this lens allows pictures of Birds landing in the Trees.