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Vivitar500mm f/8.0 Telephoto Lens for T-mount
 
4.0

(based on 7 reviews)

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5.0

Just what I wanted

By Charles

from Undisclosed

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Comments about Vivitar 500mm f/8.0 Telephoto Lens for T-mount:

This is just what I wanted for a Canon APS-C digital and a Canon full frame film camera. On the smaller sensor, the effective magnification is 800mm, so it is not practical for handheld action, but I don't do that anyway. If I did, I would want a shorter lens for faster speeds. The photo attached was taken from the porch on a tripod from about 40 meters, ISO 400, F8 (wide open) on AV setting, cable release on Canon 650D. The image was cropped very heavily (over half the image), but still sharp. The lens is remarkably light and easy to use. (Canon 650D/Ti4 has a fine focusing view that magnifies the image on the screen many times for focusing.) I am used to large format so I don't mind all the manual aspects and tripod. Does anybody know the lens design of this--is it a dialyte design? That would explain the sharpness wide open. Note--using this on a crop-sensor like mine utilizes only the central part of the image, which is usually the best part. I have tried the full frame fill camera, but have not developed the film. In that case, hand holding might work at 1/1000--the angle of view as not as narrow.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good extreme telephoto for the money.

By bobpeters61

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Comments about Vivitar 500mm f/8.0 Telephoto Lens for T-mount:

Not made for professional results. But if you want extreme telephoto capability for a low price, then this is a good choice for its focal length. Add a solar filter and I'm ready for the eclipse.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Decent lens for the money

By Adam

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Vivitar 500mm f/8.0 Telephoto Lens for T-mount:

I'm not writing a bad review, just trying to be realistic. for what you get for the price, this thing is excellent. the optics work pretty well, but I'm planning on using this for astro-photography and here's the shortcomings. it has quite a bit of chomatic abberation, MTF is acceptable,but not great, and shots of the moon/sun look decent. Also, the focus register seems to be useless, but perhaps the back focal distance on my T-mount adapter is wrong, although after a few lab tests I think it's the lens. This is usable for sun/moon shots, but stars/planets don't come out all that great due to the chromatic abberations and sub-optimal MTF, even at a single color. Ultimately I think I'm going to pick up a better lens, but I'll still use this for some things.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Love this lens

By Trekrulz

from Port St John Florida

Comments about Vivitar 500mm f/8.0 Telephoto Lens for T-mount:

Considering the cost this lens is great. If you are comfortable with manual focus and metering this lens is for you. I have managed some really sweet nature shots with this lens on my Canon T5i. If you cannot afford the thousands for a Canon lens try this beauty.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nice lens for a perfect price.

By amauryp

from Costa Rica

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Slow Focus

Best Uses

  • Wildlife Photos

Comments about Vivitar 500mm f/8.0 Telephoto Lens for T-mount:

This is a basic lens for amateur use but a good start to define if telephoto is your shooting.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

good lens to learn on

By rey

from Central Michigan

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Price

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Vivitar 500mm f/8.0 Telephoto Lens for T-mount:

    I have taken some great pictures of the moon . I like it because it slows me down and take my time to get it just right. I suggest you put the camera in manual before you start taking picture with this lens.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

    (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    good lense for the prie

    By popstickel

    from roseville,mi

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Poor in Low Light

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery

    Comments about Vivitar 500mm f/8.0 Telephoto Lens for T-mount:

    this is a case of you get what you pay for. it is a nice long distance lense with little room for error. it serves a purpose, i have nothing bad to say about it.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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