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Vivitar 650-1300mm f/8 Telephoto Zoom Lens for T-mount

B&H # VIV6501300 MFR # V-650-1300
Vivitar 650-1300mm f/8 Telephoto Zoom Lens for T-mount

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Product Highlights

  • Ultra-telephoto Preset Zoom Lens
  • Multi-coated Optics
  • Built-in Rotating Tripod Mount
  • Fixed Lens Hood
  • Fits Almost All Film and Digital SLRs
  • Camera-specific T-mount Adapter Required
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The 650-1300mm f/8 Telephoto Zoom Lens for T-mount from Vivitar is a lens for both amateurs and professionals who desire an affordable extreme focal length zoom lens for wildlife, celestial or sports photography. The Vivitar 650-1300mm offers an upgraded optical design and eight multi-coated lens elements for sharp, high-contrast images with minimal flaring. A camera-specific T-mount adapter (not included) is required to attach the lens to your camera body but it is compatible with almost any film or digital SLR camera. This manual focusing lens has preset f-stops that correspond with the focal length at which you are shooting. An index for distance and diaphragm scale is inscribed on the lens barrel to coordinate focal length and aperture. The Vivitar 650-1300mm is an affordable lens with which to explore the creativity and challenges of extreme telephoto photography.

650-1300mm telephoto zoom brings distant subjects close and offers a huge zoom range for flexible telephoto photography
Eight multi-coated optical elements for increased light transmission and reduced flare
Built-in rotating tripod mount for tripod or monopod stability
T-mount adapter (not included) allows this lens to attach to any SLR or DSLR camera
Performance
Focal Length 650 - 1300mm
Aperture Maximum: f/8
Minimum: f/16
Camera Mount Type T-mount (T-thread)
Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Angle of View 3.8° - 2°
Minimum Focus Distance 16' (4.88 m)
Magnification Not Specified By Manufacturer
Maximum Reproduction Ratio Not Specified By Manufacturer
Elements/Groups 8/5
Diaphragm Blades Not Specified By Manufacturer
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus No
Tripod Collar Yes Fixed - rotating
Flash Synchronization Not Specified By Manufacturer
Exposure Control Not Specified By Manufacturer
Physical
Filter Thread Front:95 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 4.1 x 23.3" (10.41 x 59.18 cm)
Weight 4.4 lb (2.00 kg)
Vivitar 650-1300mm f/8 Telephoto Zoom Lens for T-mount
  • Front Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap
  • Padded Pouch with Shoulder Strap
  • Five Year limited Warranty
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    Vivitar650-1300mm f/8 Telephoto Zoom Lens for T-mount
     
    3.9

    (based on 7 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 4 Stars

       

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    • 3 Stars

       

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      (1)

    86%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Durable (4)
    • Strong construction (4)

    Cons

    • Heavy (3)
    • Poor in low light (3)

    Best Uses

    • Wildlife photos (5)
    • Landscape/scenery (3)
    • Sports/action (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (5)

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    5.0

    Pleasantly Surprised

    By Puka

    from New Zealand

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easily Interchangeable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Night Photography
      • Sports/Action
      • Video
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Vivitar 650-1300mm f/8 Telephoto Zoom Lens for T-mount:

      Pleasantly surpised with this product. As lenses go its stupidly cheap for what it is.
      I've brought and used a few lenses over the years and generally the cheap ones have been smokey around the edges like a wedding effect or the focus as been loose and or gritty. Not this baby. The focus while manual is smooth and precise and I have been able to take constantly good pictures. The zoom on the other hand is a bit annoying and takes some getting used to (You get what you pay for).
      Definitly needs a good tripod. I've been using a fluid head I use for video.
      Awesome.

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      • No

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      (9 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Just read the review

      By photoshark

      from Clearwater Fl

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Pros

      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Blurry Focus
      • Heavy
      • Poor in Low Light
      • Tough To Attach

      Best Uses

        Comments about Vivitar 650-1300mm f/8 Telephoto Zoom Lens for T-mount:

        Ok, I know this is not a High quality lens to begin with so there are some things you should know before purchasing. First of all it is heavy. If your like me and you do a lot of walking this could be a problem. You have to bring a sturdy tripod, the lens (4.4 lbs., and the rest of your camera equipment that you like. The next issue I encountered is that you have to have good light but, big but, The sun has to be directly behind and above you for the best quality. I tried different positions until I found the best conditions. Sun light is not a problem in Florida but humidity may be an issue in the summer. The haze may cause the images to appear even more fuzzy than they already are. Yes, that's right, all the images I've taken are not quite clear. The 2 images I've included are from this lens and my cheap canon 75-300 mm lens with a 2x tele-converter. You can decide for yourself which looks better. Neither of the photos are my best but for this review they will do. The bottom line is for me the weight and set up time are too much for me to want to use it. I can just trim the images from my other lens and get better results and yes, I will be returning this.

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        • Yes

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Meets the criteria!

        By robphotographer

        from Las Vegas, NV

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Vivitar 650-1300mm f/8 Telephoto Zoom Lens for T-mount:

        I must say, for a lens with such magnificant range, it cannot be beaten for the price! It's worthy of it's use for photographing birds high up in trees and in mountain regions where it meets the demands of a high powered telephoto. Though it is fully manual with fixed F stop range, if you know your stuff, you will not be discouraged. It is somewhat cumbersome to handle without a tripod due to all metal construction. Have a ballhead strong enough to handle the weight unless you have huge arms! The structure is solid though! The awkwardness of a fixed lens hood makes it difficult to apply filters as the thread mount is at the base of the hood. You need really long fingers or two pencils with eraser tips to thread and fasten. Also, the lens hood should have been about another inch longer as reflection glare can still be seen at certain angles. But, overall, well worth the price versus spending thousands.

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        It is what it is

        By Jim the brisk walker

        from Lawrence, KS

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output

        Cons

        • Blurry Focus
        • Cheep Build Quality
        • Poor in Low Light
        • Slow Focus

        Best Uses

        • Soft Pictures

        Comments about Vivitar 650-1300mm f/8 Telephoto Zoom Lens for T-mount:

        This lens performs exactly how you'd think a 1300mm fixed-aperture lens would perform. I'll be using it to make soft photos in bright light of things very far away - which is exactly what it does and what I purchased it for.

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        • No

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        good for the $ & dos'nt feel cheap

        By pic taker

        from rainier OR

        About Me Photography Student

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable

        Cons

        • Poor in Low Light

        Best Uses

        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Vivitar 650-1300mm f/8 Telephoto Zoom Lens for T-mount:

        pretty good pics if you use your camera right we take alot of wildlife photos at refuges so the zoom come's in handy you realy need to watch your lighting when taking shots ..

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Regular quality

        By Clecio

        from Sao Paulo - Brazil

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Video
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Vivitar 650-1300mm f/8 Telephoto Zoom Lens for T-mount:

          Good images, but, in 1300mm, the lens loss quality

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          • No

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          (29 of 29 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          AWESOME!!!!

          By Rodrigo Averna

          from Sao Paulo, Brazil

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Vivitar 650-1300mm f/8 Telephoto Zoom Lens for T-mount:

          I had heard so many bad things about this lens that I was afraid to buy it. It is AWESOME! You must understand that 1) THESE ARE ZOOM LENSES, SO YOU CAN'T USE IT TO FOCUS ON THINGS UP CLOSE! 2)THE MAGNIFICATION IS REALLY HIGH, SO YOU NEED A REALLY GOOD TRIPOD! 3)WHEN YOU MAGNIFY THINGS, THE IMAGES ARE NEVER AS CLEAR DUE TO THE DIFRACTION OF THE LIGHTS THROUGH THE AIR, THAT IS EXPECTED. So, if you are looking for very nice magnification, this is the lens for you. I am adding comparative images so you can see how nice the zoom is.

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          • No

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