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Vivitar 500MR 500mm f/6.3 Telephoto Mirror Lens for T-mount

B&H # VIV50063 Mfr # V-500-6.3
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Product Highlights
  • Compact, Ultra-telephoto Lens
  • Advanced Reflex Mirror Design
  • Super Spectra Coatings
  • Aluminum Alloy Construction
  • Manual Focus, Fixed Circular Aperture
  • Compatible with Most SLRs and DSLRs
  • Camera-specific T-mount Adapter Required

Able to bring distant objects close, the 500MR 500mm f/6.3 Telephoto Mirror Lens for T-mount from Vivitar is a telephoto lens in a lightweight, compact form. The advanced reflex mirror design of this lens makes possible its compact size and its aluminum alloy construction keeps it light and durable. Super Spectra Coatings on the lens elements provide excellent light transmission and minimal flaring. Upgraded mirror design and quality optics allow this lens, which is a fraction of the size of most ultra-telephoto lenses, to offer sharp imagery and little color aberration, even under adverse lighting conditions. The Vivitar 500mm f/6.3 lens is a great asset for any photographer, whether seasoned pro who appreciates its portable size or ambitious amateur exploring the creative potential of telephoto photography. Utilizing a required camera-specific T-mount adapter, this lens is compatible with almost every film and digital SLR camera and will allow you to reach focal lengths which normally require a large, expensive lens. 

Note! Since a reflex lens is not equipped with a diaphragm system, the use of filters and the shutter speed control play an important factor in the control of light and contrast.

In order to compensate focusing when normal positioning may be altered due to extreme temperature change, the focusing ring has been designed to allow rotation beyond the fixed marks of the distance scale. To avoid mistakes, always focus while looking through the viewfinder.

Ultra-telephoto range in a compact, lightweight form with advanced reflex design
Super Spectra lens coatings provide even light transmission and minimize flaring
A required T-mount adapter (not included) allows this lens to function with any digital or film SLR camera
Performance
Focal Length 500mm
Aperture Maximum: f/6.3
Minimum: f/6.3
Camera Mount Type T-mount (T-thread)
Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Angle of View
Minimum Focus Distance 5.6' (1.71 m)
Magnification 3x
Elements/Groups 7/6
Diaphragm Blades Not Specified By Manufacturer
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus No
Tripod Collar No
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread Rear:30.5 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.0 x 3.4" (7.62 x 8.64 cm)
Weight .79 lb (358 g)
Vivitar 500MR 500mm f/6.3 Telephoto Mirror Lens for T-mount
  • 30.5mm Rear Filter
  • Front Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap
  • Lens Pouch
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty
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    Vivitar500MR 500mm f/6.3 Telephoto Mirror Lens for T-mount
     
    3.0

    (based on 5 reviews)

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    60%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (5)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (3)
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      3.0

      Not bad for the money

      By Nemophoto

      from NYC

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Nice Bokeh

      Cons

      • Not the sharpest lens

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Macro Photography
      • Sports/Action
      • Video

      Comments about Vivitar 500MR 500mm f/6.3 Telephoto Mirror Lens for T-mount:

      Ok. Let's get this out of the way. If you are expecting a Canon "L" series lens for $[$](including T mount), you are seriously looking in the wrong place. However, if you are looking for a decent long, lightweight, inexpensive lens, this isn't a bad place to start. I've always loved mirror lenses. I still own a Canon 500/f8 FD lens, though I've given up hope of ever finding a decent converter for my 1Dx.The Vivitar is a little on the low contrast side, and a little soft and requires additional sharpening - actually more than "normal" is what I'd recommend. I'd never use it on a paying job, but have no reservations about shooting other things with it. I hope to try it out with video sometime this week. The lens is very lightweight, which in a strong way, makes it a little tough to hand-hold. I suggest a VERY sturdy tripod when using -- maybe even a cable release. Focus is very critical, and a little tough to hit accurately without split screens in digital cameras of today. The lens focuses quite close. I shots a few flower shots of my wife's garden in the country to see how close it would go. I was very impressed. The great things about lenses like this is that you can shoot at 800 or 1600 ISO without thinking much about it, and so get decent shutter speeds to help with any camera shake.As you can see from the included photos of my old Pantera, you can almost make out the phillips head screw in the rear light -- and unfortunately the rust starting break out. I unfortunately couldn't include more than two photos. However, the flowers would show the close focusing, which was difficult because wind kept blowing them in and out of focus. Personally, I've always loved the unusal bokeh of a cat lens.If there's a way, I will add those images later.Overall, especially for the price, this is actually a great little lens, as long as you aren't too critical and expecting something from, say, Zeiss.

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      5.0

      Great Lens

      By Hoturu

      from Portland, OR

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Rugged
      • Small size
      • Smooth operation

      Cons

      • No Auto-metering
      • No zoom

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Vivitar 500MR 500mm f/6.3 Telephoto Mirror Lens for T-mount:

      I have to preface this review with two points, I started shooting with a Canon AE-1 Program when auto-focus lenses were out of my price range and I've only had this camera and lens for about two weeks and one trip to Alaska so I don't have a lot of experience with it.

      The lens itself is great, good quality with a smooth operation. It really has the capability to bring distant subjects in to fill the frame. The weight isn't a problem for me and I can shoot holding the lens pretty easily. I did some reading on mirror lenses before buying it and am ok with the limitations of this type of lens. It's pretty easy to get the lens focused but I'm familiar with manually focusing and digital photographs don't cost much - try more than once.

      I haven't figured out how to meter the light correctly on my camera (Canon Rebel 4is) so the pictures were coming out over or under exposed. Taking a few shots with different shutter speeds in the shutter priority setting and checking them in the preview works but it can take a few shots to get the right exposure. Once I figure out how to get the exposure setting more easily I think I'm going to love this lens.

      The light weight and small size mean it's always in my camera bag and ready to use.

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      1.0

      Not the same ole Vivitar...

      By John B.

      from USA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Blurry Focus

      Best Uses

        Comments about Vivitar 500MR 500mm f/6.3 Telephoto Mirror Lens for T-mount:

        Got this lens because of name recongnition and having used Vivtar lenses in my film years. I have seen examles on line useing this lens but mine was far from them.
        The lens is constructed well. I used it on a very steady tripod first on a Canon 60D. I tried everything to get clear focus. I finally used a beanbag with mirror lockup and a IR remote trigger. There is definitly something off with the lens as clear focus could not be optain on a very sunny clear day. The picture attached was taken on that day of a hawk at about 120 feet on a fence.
        I returned it which BHPhoto as always was very helpfull and I swapped it for a Samyang (ProOptic) 500mmf6.3 which had proven much better with tripod and handheld tests so are.

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        2.0

        Counld not lock in focus

        By ckicker

        from USA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Blurry Focus
        • Slow Focus

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Photography
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Vivitar 500MR 500mm f/6.3 Telephoto Mirror Lens for T-mount:

        I have am no stranger to mirror reflex lenses and have sued them in the past with film. They have their purpose. I wanted to get another one for my 60D for travel. I picked the Vivitar for name recongition. I tested it with close (50') and far (120') ranges.First test were done with lens on a very steady tripod using mirror lockup and IR remote. Focus was very poor. Then tried using a beanbag/mirror lockup/IR remote and results did not change. Call BH for an RMA which I will swapout for the Samyang 500mm f6.3. Hopefully that will fit the bill.

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        (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Aesthetically Beautiful not Practical

        By ivan364537

        from Toronto

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Lightweight
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Slow Focus

        Best Uses

          Comments about Vivitar 500MR 500mm f/6.3 Telephoto Mirror Lens for T-mount:

          Got it as a special effect lens for street fashion, beauty, life-style; to be used with full-frame Canon cameras. Aesthetically - the lens is all I expected and I find it beautiful. In terms of how practical it is to use, well, that's more complicated. First, to get a full figure shot, you have to be about 75 feet away from your subject so you would have to use radio to direct them. Second, modern cameras don't have split-image focusing screens and Canon does not give focus confirmation so focusing is guesswork. Third, as you focus the lens it could unscrew itself from the adaptor. Now, this is easily fixed with a drop of lock-tight but I decided not to. Please note that for the type of images I wanted this lens for the sharpness is not crucial although the lens is quite sharp if you manage to focus it right.
          Conclusion: I wanted to like this lens and I still do but I cannot use it in any professional setting (with Art Directors on the set). For street photography or personal projects, it could give you unique, wonderful images, not available from any other lens.

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