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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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Pros

  • Lightweight (5)

Cons

No 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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    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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