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Opteka 500-1000mm High Definition Mirror Telephoto Lens for Canon EOS 1D, 5D, 6D, 7D, 10D, 20D, 30D, 40D, 50D, 60D, 100D, 300D, 350D, 400D, 450D, 500D, 550D, 600D, 700D, 1000D, 1100D & 1200D Digital SLR Cameras

by Opteka
3.5 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews
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  • f/8-16. High-index / low-dispersion optical glass, Fully multi-coated, every element, Anti-reflection coating
  • Designed to maximize day and night shots by providing maximum light and image transmission with minimum distortion, Fantastic for all types of photographic situations
  • Great for the wildlife or nature photographer who wants to be hidden while taking photos of the subject
  • 500mm Mirror Lens, 2x Multiplier, Carrying bag, and lens caps included!
  • Includes Lens Adapter & 10 Year Worldwide Warranty

Product details

  • Boxed-product Weight: 839 g
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  • Manufacturer reference: OPT-500-1000-MIR-EOS-G
  • ASIN: B001NMUZXQ
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 Feb. 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,371 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

The Opteka 500mm mirror lens is incredibly compact and lightweight (Opteka 500mm with 2X Multiplier). Using an advanced reflex design, this is a mirror lens that is ideally suited for wildlife and sports photography. It has a fixed aperture of f8. It come


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I use a Canon EOS 450D and have a sturdy tripod. The 500mm lens, itself, is well manufactured, precise and light-weight. It comes with a small "kit", with useful items such as an air brush, which is a small bonus. The lens-camera adapter is very well machined and a precise and easy fit to both the lens and the camera body. The lens focusing ring is very smooth, sensitive and easy to operate. At 500mm, the lens is usable; it requires some "tweaking" of camera settings and lots of trial and error, but it is usable and even the manual focusing is not a massive problem. There is, unfortunately, a huge "BUT": the 2 x teleconverter, (which is also manufactured to a very high quality) quite frankly, is a waste of money. Since the lens is fixed at f8, with the teleconverter, this increases (or is it decreases?) to f16, which means a much smaller aperture and therefore considerably less light entering the camera. In cases of very bright light, 3 "filters" are provided, which screw in to the rear of the lens. These, too, are very well made and fit precisely and comprise a clear filter for normal use and two darker ones, for situations with considerably increased light (these replace being able to reduce the aperture even further). I'm not altogether sure how useful these will be, bearing in mind the already very small aperture.

It is relatively (and I use the term advisedly) easy to focus the lens manually, using either the viewfinder or the camera screen, although good eyesight and considerable patience are a significant bonus. However, taking a clear picture is still incredibly difficult.
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By dw on 29 Oct. 2010
Excellent service, the lense arrived on schedule and came with a free cleaning kit. The lense itself is lovely to use it is very well balanced on my 1000d and has a very smooth action, its fixed at f8 so working exposure is just a matter of playing with the shutter speeds and iso numbers, there is a slight drop in image quality when the 2x converter is attached but to be honest i think that applies to all lenses. the 4 star rating is simply because i feel the depth of field is quite shallow for f8, but this might be the norm for mirror lenses, i havent used one before. all in all i would recommend this lense without any doubt.
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This lens produces great results with a Canon EOS 550d. Focussing is a little challenging, as you would expect with a lens of this focal length, with no split prism or microprism on the 550, so make sure you set the viewfinder dioptre setting properly if you have dodgy eyesight like me. A tripod is pretty much essential, also as you would expect. The fixed aperture is no problem, set the camera to Av mode, and the exposure will be correct. OK, you can't adjust depth of field, but that's always going to be narrow at 500mm.
Is the lens as good as a Canon L series? No, but you can have at least ten of them for the price of an L. At this price point, the lens is an absolute bargain, and you should have one in your bag.
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This is an absolute bargain at the price but it is essential to use a good sturdy tripod for clear photos and no trace of blur. Never having had a mirror lens before it was somewhat offputting to see where the three free filters should be fitted but they all seem to work very well and do their job. The lens and extension tube are very well built if a tad basic. I bought the kit to take good photos at a distance without eating into my life's savings. It certainly takes excellent photos (with practise) and my savings are intact!

A great buy!
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Look, this is a 1000mm telephoto at a stupidly low price and something has to give - in this case a little too much has been compromised for my liking which is why I've settled on a low score, but really, at this price for 1000mm lens, what do you expect?

Right - the good: Yes, it does give you a 1000mm tele and it's cheap. It's compact, light and feels reasonably solid and well made...but that's about it. I can't really say anything good about the image quality or usability.

Bad - the depth of focus of this lens is INCREDIBLY tight and the focus adjustment is manual and VERY sensitive making getting well focused shots frustrating and more luck than anything. There's more distorsion of various types than you can shake a stick at although non of it is absolutely awful. The way out of focus elements look due to the nature of the reflector looks "odd" compared to what one is used to.

All in all, if you absolutely have to use a long lens and you can spare the time to keep messing with the focus until you hit a sweet spot then you CAN get a little more information in your photos than a shot taken at about 250mm and magnified digitally 4x...but not by much. With a lot of effort, I managed a semi acceptable sized shot of the moon, but frankly, don't expect to be using this lens as more than a gimmick from time to time.
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It a budget lens and you have to be prepared to use it manually on the camera,but it can get some great shots with a little bit of patience and practice.
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