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02-07-2011, 06:12 PM   #16
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Those lenses are not good, I think you better put in some more money and get the DA L 55-300 (around $200 in the Market Place).

02-07-2011, 07:33 PM   #17
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Technically, that Falcon 500/8 is a long lens, not a telephoto, because it lacks a telephoto optics group. Also technically, such a lens is called a POS (piece of sh!t).

Now, don't get me wrong -- I like cheap sh!t and good sh!t and hot sh!t and holy sh!t. But this lens is none of those, especially not at US$175. I have a similar POS lens, an old Spiratone 400/5.6 that I bought last year for US$15. And that is about what it is worth. I also bought a compact mirror lens, a Saker 500/8. It set me back all of US$13, and it may be worth at least 50% more than that. But not a centavo more.

These cheap POS lenses are fun, as long as you don't expect too much of them, like quality. A real long lens is good for intimidating people. A short mirror is good fo being sneaky. They work just fine for surveillance, blackmail, planning crimes, situations where the content is more important than the quality. A long lens is also useful for clubbing attack dogs and aggressive geese. Oh yeah, remove it from the camera first. But don't club a croc, you'll only p!ss her off.

Crocs and snakes? Stay away from crocs, eh? Ah, but snakes... Back in the day, I had an Olympus Pen-FT half-frame SLR, with a frame size about the same as our dSLRs. And I had a Spiratone 400/5.6 POS, and macro tubes and bellows, and a shoulder mount. I'd put all that together and venture out into the wastes to shoot closeups of rattlesnakes from a safe distance, say 3-4m / 10-13 feet. In bright sunlight. With fast film, pushed. And the shots weren't very good.

Crocs and snakes? Visit a zoo, a herpetarium, a croc/snake ranch. Or get a degree in herpetology, so you'll have some training and maybe a job. If you're going to crawl around snapping reptiles, at least get paid for it.
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I would say save for a better non-mirror telephoto. 500mm might not always be the ideal focal length and you would be cornered into that if you got a prime 500. The DA or DAL 55-300 is a GREAT option for a beginner or even the Tamron/Sigma 70-300. All of those options will render better IQ and give you more functionality/options than the Falcon.

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