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Bower 500mm f/8 Manual Focus Telephoto T-Mount Lens

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Bower 500mm f/8 Manual Focus Telephoto T-Mount Lens
Key Features
  • T-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/8 to f/32
  • Manual Preset Stop-Down Aperture
  • Requires Camera-Specific T-Mount Adapter
The 500mm f/8 Manual Focus Telephoto T-Mount Lens from Bower is a refractor-style telephoto lens that is compatible with both full-frame and APS-C cameras. T-mount adapters are available to fit all DLSR camera systems to easily adapt this telephoto lens to virtually any camera body. This manual focus lens features an aperture diaphragm in the middle of the lens body that may be stopped down manually when needed, it is not actuated by the camera body, and no lens exposure data is communicated to the camera.
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Bower 500mm f/8.0 Overview

The 500mm f/8 Manual Focus Telephoto T-Mount Lens from Bower is a refractor-style telephoto lens that is compatible with both full-frame and APS-C cameras. T-mount adapters are available to fit all DLSR camera systems to easily adapt this telephoto lens to virtually any camera body. This manual focus lens features an aperture diaphragm in the middle of the lens body that may be stopped down manually when needed, it is not actuated by the camera body, and no lens exposure data is communicated to the camera.

Featuring a sophisticated achromatic refractor design, this lens yields images with pleasing peak contrast and well controlled flare. This super-telephoto lens has an integrated tripod ring, and use of a tripod or monopod is suggested for optimal image sharpness. This lens may be converted to a handheld telescope using a Lumicon LA1070 adapter along with a 1.25"-45°, 60°, or 90° diagonal and any 1.25" eyepiece or for astrophotography by using on an SLR mounted on motorized equatorial telescope mount.

  • Achromatic refractor 500mm f/8.0 lens with T-mount
  • Multicoated optics
  • Knurled manual focus ring
  • 67mm front filter ring
  • Tripod collar
UPC: 636980500430

Bower 500mm f/8.0 Specs

Adapter
Focal Length500mm
Maximum Aperturef/8
Minimum Aperturef/32
Lens MountT-Mount
Lens Format CoverageFull-Frame
Angle of View
Minimum Focus Distance33' / 10 m
Optical Design4 Elements in 4 Groups
Focus TypeManual Focus
Image StabilizationNo
Tripod CollarYes
Filter Size67 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)2.76 x 11.73" / 7.01 x 29.79 cm
Weight1.41 lb / 640 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.85 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)14.65 x 3.55 x 3.45"

Bower 500mm f/8.0 Reviews

Very fun

By Adi
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-07

Very fun lens, fully manual, best use with tripod but free hand is possible too. Great price for a very good quality and fun lens.

Great lens for the price.

By Joe
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-01-26

This is a fun lens.  Takes surprisingly sharp pictures; bokeh is so so.  Nice and light compared to my canon 28-300. I put this on a 7d body & haven’t taken it off since it arrived. Obviously not as sharp as an l series; but what would you expect. Attached pic was cropped about 50%. For the price, it was definitely worth it.

Budget lens

By Peter
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2018-01-29

I believe this lens is extremely good value for money. The adapter how ever is too sloppy to be used. �The lens wobbles on the mount of my Nikon d750

Good for beginners

By marc
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2018-01-12

Inexpensive, sharp. Better pics when using tripod

Fun lens, low price, with quirks

By Timothy O.
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2017-09-03

Pros - Gets you a long lens at a low price. Remarkably good fit and finish. What you get - A chance to practice using your manual camera settings and focusing skills. Con - A little chromatic aberration. Submitted an image to the review - Heron with no editing or cropping - taken with Pentax K 70

Manual but who cares

By Shashi
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-08-29

Good value for the money.

5 stars for the price

By Lyndon
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-09-16

I gave this lens 5 stars for the price and 4 stars for functionality and quality of photos. I would have like to have the lens stop down to f5.6 instead of only f8. I set my camera to manual, and my film speed to 3000 and the shutter speed to 3200. Even with the limitations of the lens I am able to produce very decent photos.

Decent lens, limited focus range.

By Kenneth
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-01-26

First thing you might notice about this lens is the minimum focus distance is about 10m/33 ft, so it's not for close-ups of the bird feeder outside your window. That said, performs quite well in good light, has decent colors (see photo), is lightweight, and seems solidly built. Has visible chromatic aberration if you magnify sharp-edged, high-contrast areas, but not bad at 1x and nothing that couldn't be fixed in post processing. No issue reaching infinity focus (Using Vello T-mount to Pentax K adapter) but haven't checked the distance calibration on the focus ring. Cloth carrying bag is nice. Front lens cap fits and grips well.

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i have nikon d3200. this lense is suitable for my camera? and only buy this lense or other adapters for use?
Asked by: Georgekutty M.
You need a nikon adapter and there will be no auto focus but you should be able to get clear pictures in good light.
Answered by: William Q.
Date published: 2018-08-27

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Will this work with a Nikon D5100? If so what T-Mount will I need? Thank you for your time!
Asked by: Anonymous
Here is the lens adapter you will need:http://bhpho.to/1d8lKOS
Answered by: Steven C.
Date published: 2018-08-27

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Buying a Nikon D3200 in August. Somewhat newbie to this DSLR scene. Looking for some good lenses for reasonable amounts. The first lens I need is one to capture my sons' football, rugby and lacrosse games from about 25-50 yds out. In my mind I am thinking 500mm/800mm lens, but that may be way off base. I will have a good tripod for the camera/lens as well, but would like a lighter lens, if possible for the cost.Any assistance here would be greatly appreciated.Thanks.
Asked by: Anonymous
That 800mm lens is manual T mount lens and f/8. So it is very slow and dark in the finder. It is not really a sports lens and will need to manually focus the lens. And to use that lens you need an lens adapter.For sports and that camera you can get away with a 500mm lens or smaller. And they should be autofocus.These are links for ones that will do the job and work with your camera. But they do cost more.http://bhpho.to/Jp24xlhttp://bhpho.to/Isgywdhttp://bhpho.to/JzZ9lZ
Answered by: Robert K.
Date published: 2018-08-27

question

will this work for minolta maxxim 3000 i and do you have apptures for it ,,,,im sure i will need a tripod for it,,,,single support i dont want to spend much for this ,,, thank you very much for the time...
Asked by: Anonymous
Yes that will work on a Minolta Maxxum with the correct adapter. The adapter needs to be a Sony Alpha/Minolta Maxxum. This is one, http://bhpho.to/1l1XFOlThe lens has an f/stop ring that is f/8-f/32.
Answered by: Robert K.
Date published: 2018-08-27

question

Is this the same lens as the 500/8.0 Vivitar that looks the same in your web catalog photos?
Asked by: peter
Yes, the lenses are essentially the same and have the same design; they simply have different branding.
Answered by: Manzell L.
Date published: 2018-08-27

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Will This work for Nikon D5200. which converter should i take for this Lens
Asked by: Anonymous
The Bower 500mm f/8 lens will be compatible with the Nikon D5200 with the use of the Vello Lens Mount Adapter for T-Mount to Nikon F-Mount: http://bhpho.to/1bk8rzo
Answered by: Heather S.
Date published: 2018-08-27

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Will this fit a Sony NEX 6 E mount camera?.
Asked by: Anonymous
You will need a T mount to E mount adapter in order to attach.
Answered by: Chris B.
Date published: 2018-08-28

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will I be able to attach it to my dslr Canon camera
Asked by: danny o.
You would need a T-mount adapter to connect the Bower 500mm f/8 Manual Focus Telephoto T-Mount Lens to your Canon EOS DSLR camera. The Vello Lens Mount Adapter - T Mount Lens to Canon EOS Camera, B&H # VELACEFT, would work for your needs.
Answered by: Manzell L.
Date published: 2018-08-27
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