Samyang 500mm f/8.0 Mirror, Manual Focus Lens, 5deg. Angle of View, 5.58' Min Focus Distance

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About Samyang 500mm F/8

Samyang 500mm f/8.0 Mirror Lens is a welcomed addition to any sports or wildlife photographer's kit bag. It's lightweight and compact and it focuses as close as 5.6' (1.7m). The aperture is fixed at f/8.0. This manual focus lens is constructed from fully multi-coated low-dispersion optical glass with a 72mm front filter thread and a 30.5mm rear filter thread. A 2x neutral density filter, 4x neutral density filter and a skylight filter (all 30.5mm) are included. A T-ring adapter (available separately) is required to mount this lens to a camera body.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Lightweight (9),Easily mounted (5),Strong construction (4)
Cons:
Glass not sharp (3)
Best Uses:
Wildlife (3),Wildlife photos (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Enthusiast (5)

Samyang 500mm F/8 Features

  • Lightweight and compact 500mm telephoto lens
  • Fully multi-coated, low-dispersion optical glass
  • Front 72 mm filter thread and rear 30.5 mm filter thread

Samyang 500mm F/8 Specifications

Focal Length
500 mm
Aperture
Maximum: f/8.0
Camera Mount Type
T-mount (T-thread)
Format Compatibility
35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Angle of View
5deg.
Minimum Focus Distance
5.58' (1.7 m)
Maximum Reproduction Ratio
1:2.7
Groups/Elements
6/7
Filter Thread
Rear: 30.5 mm
Front: 72 mm
Dimensions (DxL)
Approx. 3.03x3.43" (77x87 mm)
Weight
11.29 oz (320 g)

Samyang 500mm F/8 Reviews

Review Snapshot®

 
3

(based on 11 reviews)

60%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

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Reviewed by 11 customers

 
5.0

A 500 That You Can Hand-Hold

By

from South Lyon, MI  -  Semi-pro Photographer

First off, this is a manual lens. You focus it manually and you determine your exposure manually, though aperture priority settings might ease the task. I prefer manual use and spot metering. The lens is light weight and fairly sharp and contrasty. However, with no aperture, it has amazingly shoret depth of field. That's okay, because the bokeh is rather nice. As a past user of the Sigma 50-500mm cannon, this little gem is a pleasure to use. If you get one, figure on using a tripod most of the time.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Decent product for the money

By

from Whiteville, NC  -  Photo Enthusiast

I have only had this lens a short time and am still exploring its features. I have gotten to where I can attach it easily enough and am learning to focus better (it is a manual focus). Some of my pictures have been pretty good while others are not. You can zoom in pretty well with this lens and of course it works best in good light. I am not very good at hand holding this lens and use a tripod and a cable shutter release to reduce the vibration. I expect to get better results after I use it more and so far I am getting about what I expected.

 
4.0

Love this lens

By

from Columbia Missouri  -  Semi-pro Photographer

A tripod helps when working with this lens - while it's not heavy, it does throw the balance off, making it prone to camera shake when hand-held.

(1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great for the price

By

from Laurel De.  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Easy to use

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Soft Focus

By

from San Diego  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

I was not able to achieve sharp focus on my Alpha 100 with this lens and I used a tripod and fast shutter speeds, it would not focus sharp in the view finder. I did return the lens for a refund and purchased the Sony 500 mm mirror lens which works great.

(21 of 38 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Very Cheap 500mm Lens

By

from San Diego, Ca.  -  Semi-Professional

This lens tests your skills. If your persistant the pictures the lens can produce are spectacular. Just like any other lens it is a different paint brush. It has some pros and some cons. One of the biggest issues is that the lens has no hood and if the sun is above you or in front of you good luck getting any good pictures. But if you prepair your shoot properly and have the sun behind you the pictures are amazing. In the age of digial you can shoot with a high iso and get spactular shots with low noise. I was regularly getting shutter speeds of at or more then 1/2000th of a second. The reason why i got this lens is because its the cheapest way to get a 500mm lens. Overall i love the build, the focus is smooth, and i had lots of fun with it. I have not used this lens with a tripod because i don't believe in such things. Even with a monopod it would restrict me to much. Although after shooting a manual focus lens for 3 hours of some surfers my eyes were tired. I suggest using this lens if your on the west coast no earlier then 9am and no later then noon. [@]

(2 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Lens Review

By

from Rapid City, SD  -  Professional

When I've really needed the extra strength, I haven't been able to get it to focus clearly. It is by far the worst lens I've ever owned.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Cheap lens that is adequate for some

By

from Boise Idaho  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

I had high hopes for this lens but have not been totally excited. The biggest problem is the softness in the image. This is an adequate lens for things that you do not necessarily want to enlarge and display. If you are just out shooting for fun and want to get in close then this is more than adequate. If you do, USE A TRIPOD!

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Good for occasional use.

By

from Sparks, NV  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

If you only periodically need the reach of the 500mm lens, then you should consider this one. It is low contrast and not nearly as sharp as the higher priced glass, but well worth the price if you only need it once in a while.

(2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Nice addition for rare opportunities

By

from Diamond Bar, CA

This compact lens is great for capturing distant photo opportunities where vistas may be long and you want to carry a fairly compact camera bag. Offers sound construction and decent image quality at a low cost.

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CALLEWAERT A  How to adapt this lens on a Nikon D4 ??
Lee F  Spend an extra $50 and buy the full frame version.
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