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Vivitar 500mm f/8 Mirror Lens

B&H # VIV5008MR MFR # V-500MR
Discontinued
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Product Highlights

  • Compact Ultra Telephoto Lens
  • Super Spectra Lens Coating
  • Aluminum Alloy Construction
  • Includes 30.5mm Rear Lens Filter
  • T-mount Lens
  • Manual Focus
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Thanks to its advanced reflex design and aluminum alloy construction, the 500mm f/8 Mirror Lens by Vivitar is an extremely compact and lightweight ultra telephoto lens. Super Spectra coatings allow for even light transmission and virtually eliminate flaring and ghosting. This manual focus, circular aperture lens will produce sharp focus on its subjects and wonderful background bokeh. A T-mount lens, it is compatible with any film or digital SLR camera via a T-mount adapter, which can be purchased separately. A 30.5mm rear lens filter comes included with this lens.

Aluminum alloy construction and a reflex mirror design keep this ultra telephoto lens extremely compact and lightweight.
Super Spectra lens coating equals sharp images with little glare.
Produces handsome background bokeh.
Performance
Focal Length 500mm
Aperture Maximum: f/8
Camera Mount Type T-mount (T-thread)
Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Angle of View
Minimum Focus Distance 5.68' (1.73 m)
Magnification 2.7x
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
Flash Synchronization None
Exposure Control None
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread Rear:30.5 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.99 x 3.40" (76 x 86.3 mm)
Weight 1.15 lb (522 g)
Vivitar 500mm f/8 Mirror Lens
  • 30.5mm Rear Lens Filter
  • Front Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap
  • Three Year Limited Warranty
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    Vivitar500mm f/8 Mirror Lens
     
    4.0

    (based on 7 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 4 Stars

       

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    • 3 Stars

       

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      (1)

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    83%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (5)
    • Strong construction (4)
    • Durable (3)
    • Easily interchangeable (3)
    • Rugged (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Wildlife photos (6)
      • Landscape/scenery (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (5)

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      5.0

      Great lens

      By Sydni's dad

      from Lemoore, CA

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Lightweight
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Vivitar 500mm f/8 Mirror Lens:

        Very easy to use with high quality construction. Fits perfectly with the T mount

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Compact and light... and that's about it

        By Anuran

        from Fargo, ND

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Light
        • Small
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Blurry Focus
        • Distortions
        • Hot Spots

        Best Uses

        • Astronomical
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Vivitar 500mm f/8 Mirror Lens:

        I used it on various cameras as I have T-F and T-E and T-A mount adapters. When I received it, I was quite surprised at lightness of the lens plus its small size. The lens is very well made and does not look like a cheap plastic toy. And then I attached it to my Nikon F as well as Sony A7, secured it atop one of the sturdiest tripods and tried focussing and capturing a well lit test object set at various depths and spread. This is what I found. (1) The lens rarely focuses on the object of interest. (2) There seems to be specific spots in a flat field of view that seems to be in focus. (3) Over the flat field of view there are visible distortions (not chromatic, but spatial). I have never before worked on a reflex lens with distortions. However, if one uses this lens for a long enough period, one might actually learn this lens. My impression is that the mirror(s) is/are at fault. I was a bit surprised that this comes from vivitar which has a few other normal lenses that are classic gems.

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        • No

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        (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Wanted for years

        By Druburt17

        from Richmond. Texas

        Comments about Vivitar 500mm f/8 Mirror Lens:

        My wife had wanted this lense for years but could not let herself break down to get it. We'll I got it for her and she loves it had to get the adaptor for her cannon slr and works perfectly can't wait to see some of the photos she takes.

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        4.0

        compact, clean

        By HAW

        from Georgia

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Lightweight
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Poor in Low Light

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Video
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Vivitar 500mm f/8 Mirror Lens:

        found this lens to be compact , clean and with minimal ,if any distortion. excellent for price. of course, would like faster aperture but realistically not practical in this price range. but handy for size, clarity, and economy.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        4.0

        Amazing Value

        By GenePhoto

        from Henderson, NV

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Sports/Action
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Vivitar 500mm f/8 Mirror Lens:

          Great to have handy for extreme close up photos
          of wildlife. It is very lightweight and the price
          is very afordable.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          4.0

          High Quality Fixed Aperture Lens

          By twtbob

          from Concord. MA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Rugged
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Vivitar 500mm f/8 Mirror Lens:

            This lens is of very high quality and with the adapter works very well with my Pentax K100D.
            However, I now have to revert to the old way of manually setting exposure, the way I used to do it on my older Pentax K1000, because this lens is fixed aperture manual ficus. It is an enjoyable trip down memory lane, and I am getting some good telefoto pictures.

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            • No

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            (10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Good lens for money.

            By HappyPappy

            from Las Vegas, NV

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Lens Creep

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Macro Photography
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Vivitar 500mm f/8 Mirror Lens:

            This lens is fun if you like experimenting with your camera settings. This lens has to be mounted on a tripod or other stabilization device to get the best clarity for enlarging the pictures. I see where image stabiliztion helps when you don't have it. Even on a tripod, you can't enlarge the photos too much as the edges in the image will be blurred; however, the color is pretty good. The magnification is good but the focus is super sensitive making holding this setup still and in focus a challenge. You'll have to play with the shutter speed, and ISO to find your best result. I found it good for close ups of subjects at the bottom of the focal range of about 4'7". I put an extender on the camera and got some really good distant shots with the proper shutter and ISO settings. I'm still experimenting with the lens and will find out what it will do shooting the night sky in the near future. For general photograpy this is a good lens and I believe it will do well. All in all, lens is worth the money. The attached photo of the bird was taken on a cloudy day. The picture of power suppy plug was taken from a little over four feet with direct illumination of a 40 watt bulb. You can even see the dust on top of the plug in the picture. Not bad for the price.

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