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Bower 500mm f/6.3 Manual Focus Telephoto T-Mount Lens

You Pay: $149.95
Product Highlights
  • Mirror Lens
  • Just 3.9" Wide & 4.7" Long
  • Accepts 95mm or 34mm Filters
  • Requires Camera-Specific T-Mount

The Bower 500mm f/6.3 Manual Focus Lens is a catadioptric mirror T-mount lens, precision manufactured in South Korea.

When combined with the T-mount to fit your camera system, this mirror lens mounts to camera and works on both "full frame" cameras as well as the "APS-C" style digital SLR cameras.  T-Mounts are available for all the digital SLR systems, as well as for C-mount systems.  However, in every case the fixed f/6.3 aperture is not communicated to the camera body.  As such, you can use the lens in "M" manual exposure mode or "A" aperture-priority mode only.

This lens has a broad diameter and stocky build, making it a bit easier to handle than a normal refractor lens.  It also has a much different rendering of out of focus areas than a normal lens; highlights will be doughnut-shaped rings with more saturation and contrast on the edge of the ring than on the center.

This lens is an ideal candidate for astrophotography use when mounted to a Vixen GP2 Photo Guider (or other motorized equatorial telescope mount).

Fixed-aperture 500mm f/6.3 mirror lens in T-mount
Multicoated optics
Distinct out-of-focus highlight characterization
White lens barrel helps prevent heat retention
Accepts inexpensive 34mm filters (upon the rear of the lens)
Made in South Korea
Performance
Focal Length 500mm
Aperture Maximum: f/6.3
Camera Mount Type T-mount (T-thread)
Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
DSLR (APS-C Sensor)
Angle of View
Minimum Focus Distance 6.1' (1.86 m)
Magnification Not Specified By Manufacturer
Maximum Reproduction Ratio Not Specified By Manufacturer
Elements/Groups 7/6
Diaphragm Blades Not Specified By Manufacturer
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus No
Tripod Collar No
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread Front:95 mm
Rear:34 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.86 x 4.69" (98 x 119 mm)
Weight 1.43 lb (650 g)
Bower 500mm f/6.3 Manual Focus Telephoto T-Mount Lens
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    Bower500mm f/6.3 Manual Focus Telephoto T-Mount Lens
     
    3.7

    (based on 19 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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    89%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (11)
    • Easily interchangeable (5)
    • Strong construction (5)
    • Consistent output (3)
    • Durable (3)

    Cons

    • Poor in low light (7)
    • Blurry focus (4)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (9)
    • Wildlife photos (9)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (7), Casual photographer (4), Semi-pro photographer (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great Wildlife and Bird Portrait lens

    I need a lens to photograph my bird sightings here in the wild of South Africa. So I chose this inexpensive 500mm f/6.3 Manual Focus Telephoto T-Mount Lens by Bower. It is a...Read complete review

    I need a lens to photograph my bird sightings here in the wild of South Africa. So I chose this inexpensive 500mm f/6.3 Manual Focus Telephoto T-Mount Lens by Bower. It is a great lens but you have to practise and practise getting the focus right especially after having being used to autofocus. The focus is very delicate but once its done, it produces a good photograph. The focussing requires a steady hand but with time, you will get used to it and focus faster.

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    Not a Use-able Lens

    I love this lens. It means a lot to me as part of my repertoire. It is one of the most interesting and impressive things I own, and I would never give it...Read complete review

    I love this lens. It means a lot to me as part of my repertoire. It is one of the most interesting and impressive things I own, and I would never give it up. Its appearance is that of the most modern, sleekest, most artistic depiction of a Jet Engine. It's a work of art, a show-piece.The reason I am giving it only 3 stars is because this a professional site and it deserves a review that is lifted above my superficial appreciation of the aesthetics of this lens.Here is the truth about this lens.In terms of image-quality, it is actually Decent. By decent, I mean that at its absolute best, it was capable of delivering identical quality at a 100% crop to the Sigma 70-300mm, which is the same price. And the quality does Not decrease when mounted with a 2x Teleconverter, so compared to an equivalent crop of 300mm, it can even be considered good. This is in contrast to the 800mm mirror lens by the same company, which is worse in image quality, even at 1600mm, compared to the bare 500mm.The one thing this lens has in comparison to the professional ultra-long angle lenses, is weight. Even with the 2x TC, it still weighs under a pound and a half. So, it's perfect, seemingly for the GigaPan EPIC 100. But read on to see why it might just not. However, and this is the reason why this lens is so poorly recommended, it is nearly impossible to focus. At the 500mm focal length, not to mentionthe 1000mm, even with a special lens supporter, it is.. just not possible to focus properly. That is to say, to get to the tiny, ultra-precise point where it is focused and sharp enough to be comparable to the Sigma lens, you would have to turn the focus ring far slower than humanly possible. Needless to say that by hand, you have no reason to ever think of it. Even a 135mm lens cropped would be more sharp, cropped all the way to 1000mm.The next issue, is also related to focus.Even though the aperture is set to f/6.3 or even f/12, only what is closest will be focus, while the rest will be blurry or at least soft. Also, even if you spend over a minute focusing until your hands hurt, if you move the camera any more than a few degrees, you will have to focus it again. And if you move the camera over 90 degrees, it will be nearly completely out of focus, with the signature "donuts" appearing all across.Lastly, images taken with the lens appear extremely washed out and colorless, no matter how much I tweaked.In summation, this lens is perfectly fitted for one niche of photographers - the one that includes people who want an extreme zoom without paying outrageous prices (comparatively), need to see/shoot something specific in the distance, and are extremely dedicated to every shot.If you're not part of this small niche, and don't have the spare cash to have this lens lying around most of the time as part of the decor, I highly recommend and suggest you get the Sigma 70-300/Canon 75-300 lens with a 2x Teleconverter for roughly the same price. If you have more to spend, a more expensive 300$+ 300mm lens would give you better to a lot better image quality, and if you have 1000$ to spend, the Sigma 150-500 with a 2x TC, is the only thing I'd use for shooting at 1000mm.Now as you can see, I've spent a very long amount of time reviewing this and the 800mm lenses, and to help myself fully understand without a doubt the virtue and value of these low-priced pieces of glass.. I've created a composite image of shots from each lens with and without the 2x TC, cropped to show the same scene. You could see from it, that the 600mm option (300mm w/2x TC) although absent, would be far superior.Make sure you zoom in to 100% to see the detail.[@]. This review is not here to claim to Mirror Lenses are, by nature, bad quality. [...]

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    4.0

    Good for the money

    By Quique

    from Haifa, Israel

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Nice Bokeh

    Cons

    • Blurry Focus

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Bower 500mm f/6.3 Manual Focus Telephoto T-Mount Lens:

    Lightweight and inexpensive for a 500mm lens. Precise manual focus is very difficult (even for me, used to manual focus). Excellent as a hobby, but don't expect very sharp pictures. Tripod is a must.

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    5.0

    A really good bargain

    By Dave

    from Thomasville, GA

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Bower 500mm f/6.3 Manual Focus Telephoto T-Mount Lens:

    This lens has been an excellent addition for taking photos of birds in my backyard; i.e.,allowing me to shoot from distances that don't disturb or excitethe birds resulting ini wexcellent pictures.

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    3.0

    good for the price

    By GEB

    from nyc

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Poor in Low Light

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery

    Comments about Bower 500mm f/6.3 Manual Focus Telephoto T-Mount Lens:

    hard to focus, very slow, not very sharp.
    But very sharp and fast for something of its price :-)

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    4.0

    good for the money, but,,,

    By Gus

    from Staten Island

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Pros

    • High power telephoto
    • Inexpensive
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Difficult to focus

    Best Uses

    • Distant candid
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Wildlife Photography

    Comments about Bower 500mm f/6.3 Manual Focus Telephoto T-Mount Lens:

    Mirror lenses have certain intrinsic advantages and limitations and this lens is no exception. These are not the fault of the lens but of the design. For instance, doughnut shaped bokeh is normal for lenses of this type. Check google images for examples. Extreme telephoto means shallow depth of field. No aperture ring means you cannot enhance sharpness or increase depth of field by stopping down. Precise focusing is critical or your pictures will be soft. This lens is very difficult to focus due to short travel of the focusing ring. It is easier to focus using live view and magnification of the screen, if your camera allows it. High power telephoto means you must hold the camera steady or use a tripod or you will get motion blurring. If you already have a lens that covers up to 300mm then cropping to 500mm equivalent gives, for all practical purposes, almost the same results. If you take your time and work within the limitations of the lens then this lens is capable of very good pictures with acceptable to very good sharpness. If you do not have a lens near 300mm or just want to play with the mirror design, then for the money this lens can be a lot of fun. It is short for its focal length and lightweight but bulky, not really a walk-around type of lens. Recommended with the above caveats. Also available with other brand-names but probably identical and made by the same company.

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    • 70-300mm zoom

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    4.0

    great little lens

    By muzz

    from charleston,sc.

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Blurry Focus
    • Poor in Low Light

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Bower 500mm f/6.3 Manual Focus Telephoto T-Mount Lens:

    my 2nd 500mm lens . had 1 in 1986 in san diego got great shots. its short,easy to carry you need alot of light for distant shots im happy, i may go for a 800 next

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    4.0

    Great Wildlife and Bird Portrait lens

    By Ilan Ossendryver

    from South Africa

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Poor in Low Light
    • Slow Focus

    Best Uses

    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Bower 500mm f/6.3 Manual Focus Telephoto T-Mount Lens:

    I need a lens to photograph my bird sightings here in the wild of South Africa. So I chose this inexpensive 500mm f/6.3 Manual Focus Telephoto T-Mount Lens by Bower. It is a great lens but you have to practise and practise getting the focus right especially after having being used to autofocus. The focus is very delicate but once its done, it produces a good photograph. The focussing requires a steady hand but with time, you will get used to it and focus faster.

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    3.0

    Good special effects lens

    By stringfocus

    from New York

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Lightweight
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Blurry Focus
    • Poor in Low Light

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Macro Photography
    • Video
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Bower 500mm f/6.3 Manual Focus Telephoto T-Mount Lens:

    I've compared two 500mm mirror lenses- Opteka f/8 and this Bower f/6.3 and went with Bower. Opteka [*] was unacceptably blurry. This lens is [*] much better craftsmanship and good enough sharpness. I use it with T2i mostly for video and some pics. Assuming you know how to deal with manual focus lenses - good tripod required, remote shutter release, mirror lock-up, etc., this is a good lens for the money and real life introduction to telephoto shooting. Last thing- doughnut bokeh, I kind of like it!

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    4.0

    So Far So Good!

    By Matt

    from Kansas

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to aimhold steady
    • Light gathering

    Cons

    • Sensitive to focus

    Best Uses

      Comments about Bower 500mm f/6.3 Manual Focus Telephoto T-Mount Lens:

      I bought this lens because I was on a budget and needed a long-throw lens for taking cross-country pictures. Overall very pleased. Specifics:
      - It takes in a LOT of light for this focal length. Given that I am in manual using the lens this takes some getting used to.
      - Pitures are reasonably sharp - whne it's in focus!
      - It is EXTREMELY sensitive to focus. Forget depth of field, it is nonexistent. Quite a challenge to focus on a moving subject - takes me back to when I took high schol fottball pictures with a manual camera.
      - Not sure how I feel about out of focus areas. Given the lens' construction they are - weird. I expected this but it takes some getting used to the results.

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      1.0

      Movie Making with this lens?

      By Fred

      from San Diego, CA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

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        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Bower 500mm f/6.3 Manual Focus Telephoto T-Mount Lens:

            I wanted a sharp, cheap lens for shooting sports with a DSLR. Although this lens may be great for shooting stills, it is totally unusable for sports film making because...1. the focus pull is extremely short. Move the focus ring 1/8" and there is a dramatic change in focus. 2. Because its a fixed aperture, you can't stop down to increase depth of field. 3. Regarding exposure, you are further limited...not only can you not change aperture, but you also have the obvious shutter speed limitations when shooting video. (remember the 180 degree rule). So for shooting sports video, don't use this lens.

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            2.0

            Does what it says. Not much more.

            By Just this guy

            from Canada

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fast for a 500 mirror
            • Lightweight
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Can't stop down
            • Odd Bokeh

            Best Uses

            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Bower 500mm f/6.3 Manual Focus Telephoto T-Mount Lens:

            500 mm, F6.3, manual focus.

            As with any 500 mm lens at F6.3, it has a rather shallow depth of focus (3 inches at 30 feet). Without the ability to stop it down, it will always be shallow.

            It is reasonably good quality, but, limited in application.

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            4.0

            Fun

            By Jean-Marc

            from Montreal

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Nice Bokeh
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Nature
              • Outdoors

              Comments about Bower 500mm f/6.3 Manual Focus Telephoto T-Mount Lens:

              The good: looks cool, produces amazing images, close focus gives you something similar ot a macro lens, no autofocus confirmation for Canon EOS

              The no so good: it sits rather loosely in the T-Mount for EOS (no bearing on anyhting), the focus on infinity ia far beyond infinity which is odd.

              Need to know to get good results: need light, need a good camera (I use a 7D, on TV = 1/1000 or 1/2000, and autoISO) as you may need good high ISO, a tripod or sure hands, shoot and delete after strategy, and finally very good eye/hand coordination to nail the focus.

              So, in bright sun light, with a 7D, and steady hands I got fantastic shots of my son windsurfing on the lake; also got beautiful flowers, even some hummingbirds.

              All that to say that for the price, it is already a fun and useful tool. If it could muster the focus confirmation, this would be perfect. Btw, any 800mm f6.3 not stabilized would require most of the above recommendations.

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              4.0

              Nice lens

              By Denis

              from Reunion

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Bower 500mm f/6.3 Manual Focus Telephoto T-Mount Lens:

                  Not easy to focus... Need tries

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                  5.0

                  Outstanding value

                  By Spencer the photobug

                  from Boca Raton, FL

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Great value
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Night Photography
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about Bower 500mm f/6.3 Manual Focus Telephoto T-Mount Lens:

                    I have a number of lenses and needed a telephoto lens for my digital camera. I use the Olympus OM adapter on my digital so I can use all my old OM lenses as well as this one.

                    The lens is lightweight and has produced extremely high qulaity images. I would recommend this product to anyone looking for a hgih powered lens.

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                    5.0

                    EXCELLENT PRODUCT

                    By SANDRO

                    from ITALIA

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Poor in Low Light

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Macro Photography

                    Comments about Bower 500mm f/6.3 Manual Focus Telephoto T-Mount Lens:

                    EXCELLENT PRODUCT

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                    3.0

                    Not a Use-able Lens

                    By Track

                    from New York City, New York

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Aesthetically Impressive
                    • Affordable
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Blurry Focus
                    • Poor in Low Light
                    • Shallow Depth Of Field
                    • Slow Focus

                    Best Uses

                    • Decoration

                    Comments about Bower 500mm f/6.3 Manual Focus Telephoto T-Mount Lens:

                    I love this lens. It means a lot to me as part of my repertoire. It is one of the most interesting and impressive things I own, and I would never give it up. Its appearance is that of the most modern, sleekest, most artistic depiction of a Jet Engine. It's a work of art, a show-piece.The reason I am giving it only 3 stars is because this a professional site and it deserves a review that is lifted above my superficial appreciation of the aesthetics of this lens.Here is the truth about this lens.In terms of image-quality, it is actually Decent. By decent, I mean that at its absolute best, it was capable of delivering identical quality at a 100% crop to the Sigma 70-300mm, which is the same price. And the quality does Not decrease when mounted with a 2x Teleconverter, so compared to an equivalent crop of 300mm, it can even be considered good. This is in contrast to the 800mm mirror lens by the same company, which is worse in image quality, even at 1600mm, compared to the bare 500mm.The one thing this lens has in comparison to the professional ultra-long angle lenses, is weight. Even with the 2x TC, it still weighs under a pound and a half. So, it's perfect, seemingly for the GigaPan EPIC 100. But read on to see why it might just not. However, and this is the reason why this lens is so poorly recommended, it is nearly impossible to focus. At the 500mm focal length, not to mentionthe 1000mm, even with a special lens supporter, it is.. just not possible to focus properly. That is to say, to get to the tiny, ultra-precise point where it is focused and sharp enough to be comparable to the Sigma lens, you would have to turn the focus ring far slower than humanly possible. Needless to say that by hand, you have no reason to ever think of it. Even a 135mm lens cropped would be more sharp, cropped all the way to 1000mm.The next issue, is also related to focus.Even though the aperture is set to f/6.3 or even f/12, only what is closest will be focus, while the rest will be blurry or at least soft. Also, even if you spend over a minute focusing until your hands hurt, if you move the camera any more than a few degrees, you will have to focus it again. And if you move the camera over 90 degrees, it will be nearly completely out of focus, with the signature "donuts" appearing all across.Lastly, images taken with the lens appear extremely washed out and colorless, no matter how much I tweaked.In summation, this lens is perfectly fitted for one niche of photographers - the one that includes people who want an extreme zoom without paying outrageous prices (comparatively), need to see/shoot something specific in the distance, and are extremely dedicated to every shot.If you're not part of this small niche, and don't have the spare cash to have this lens lying around most of the time as part of the decor, I highly recommend and suggest you get the Sigma 70-300/Canon 75-300 lens with a 2x Teleconverter for roughly the same price. If you have more to spend, a more expensive 300$+ 300mm lens would give you better to a lot better image quality, and if you have 1000$ to spend, the Sigma 150-500 with a 2x TC, is the only thing I'd use for shooting at 1000mm.Now as you can see, I've spent a very long amount of time reviewing this and the 800mm lenses, and to help myself fully understand without a doubt the virtue and value of these low-priced pieces of glass.. I've created a composite image of shots from each lens with and without the 2x TC, cropped to show the same scene. You could see from it, that the 600mm option (300mm w/2x TC) although absent, would be far superior.Make sure you zoom in to 100% to see the detail.[@]. This review is not here to claim to Mirror Lenses are, by nature, bad quality. [...]

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                    4.0

                    Just What I Wanted

                    By hicact

                    from Waikoloa, HI

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Poor in Low Light

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about Bower 500mm f/6.3 Manual Focus Telephoto T-Mount Lens:

                    I wanted a 500mm lens that was not heavy and not expensive. That is what I found with this. I does need quite a bit of light, but for the OCCASIONAL time when you need a long lens, this fits the bill both in weight and in $$. If I were using a long lens a lot, I would go for something more 'high end', but this lens is perfect for the once in a while stuff.

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                    5.0

                    Excellent for what it was designed for

                    By ProfHankD

                    from Lexington, KY

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Close Focus
                    • Compact
                    • Well Made

                    Cons

                    • Adapter can unscrew
                    • Bad bokeh

                    Best Uses

                    • Portable extreme tele
                    • Usable handheld

                    Comments about Bower 500mm f/6.3 Manual Focus Telephoto T-Mount Lens:

                    This is a well-made classic mirror lens, compact and lightweight. Manual focus goes much closer than most long focal length lenses, and is fairly easy once you get used to it... although I use M42 mount with a focus-confirm adapter on my Sony A350, and the focus confirm doesn't help much with this lens. It is possible to accidentally unscrew the adapter while focusing.
                    IQ is better than a cheap 400mm f/6.3 conventional lens, but not spectacular. Bokeh are huge doughnuts, which are often a distraction if there are specular highlights in the out of focus regions.
                    In short, if you don't need a compact 500mm, skip this -- it's nice but weird. If you do, this is about as good as they can get and priced very reasonably.

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                    4.0

                    500mm f6.3 Mirror lens

                    By Mr T

                    from Dunedin, New Zealand

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Different camera mounts
                    • Excellent pricing
                    • Lightweight
                    • Smooth focusing action
                    • VG construction

                    Cons

                    • Expensive filters
                    • Fixed aperture
                    • Slightly soft images

                    Best Uses

                    • Moody landscape shots
                    • Nature photography

                    Comments about Bower 500mm f/6.3 Manual Focus Telephoto T-Mount Lens:

                    This is a great lightweight lens for specific purposes, not your everyday shots.
                    Best results when used with a tripod or other form of steady rest as the level of magnification makes camera shake look like the end result of a force 9.8 earthquake.
                    Images are slightly soft, but generally respond well to minor sharpening

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                    3.0

                    A nice toy

                    By The German

                    from Melbourne, Australia

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Price and fun factor

                    Cons

                    • Quality and sharpness

                    Best Uses

                    • For fun

                    Comments about Bower 500mm f/6.3 Manual Focus Telephoto T-Mount Lens:

                    I use the 500 with my eos 5 mark 2 as I can increase the iso to 1600 without noise and with an old eos 1n film camera that I usually have in the car. The eos adapter that came with the lens sits quite loose on all of my cameras. There also seems to be a problem with focusing of objects around 15 meters away from the camera. There is no sharpness nowhere to be seen!? The lens lacks the easiness of the old nikon 500 mirror that i use to have but never or less my intention was to have it as a toy for some arty shots. It is great fun to shoot object out of the car or use it for still life images. You can focus on objects 2 meters away. A great fun lens not to be used for shooting bill boards.

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