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Quantaray / samyang / centon... 500mm F8 CN MC Mirror Lens

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Quantaray / samyang / centon... 500mm F8 CN MC Mirror Lens

Quantaray / samyang / centon... 500mm F8 CN MC Mirror Lens
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Quantaray / samyang / centon... 500mm F8 CN MC Mirror Lens
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Quantaray / samyang / centon... 500mm F8 CN MC Mirror Lens
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Description:
Widely available Korean made t-mount 500mm mirror sold under numerous marques. Long focus throw, close focus to 1:2.7.

Macro focusing to 1:2.7
72mm Filter thread
Rear 30.5mm filter thread.
Mount Type: Third-party (adapter required)
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Junior Member

Registered: March, 2011
Posts: 32
Lens Review Date: April 26, 2011 I can recommend this lens: No | Price: None indicated | Rating: 4 

 
Pros: novelty, weight, price, donuts!
Cons: low image quality, slow, manual focus

I have the Samyang version, but is the same lens with the same exact design and 72mm front thread, etc.

Compared to the price and image quality of my cheap 55-300mm DAL, this 500mm mirror falls very short. I found that cropping a picture taken with my 55-300mm DAL at 300mm provided a significantly superior image than anything I could get out of this 500mm mirror. Everything was soft and lacked contrast.

I've read that there are other variations on the 500mm mirror lens that are supposedly better and that this is one of the bad examples of what mirror lenses are capable of.

I'll still continue to play around with this lens and will update this review if my thoughts on it change.
   
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Registered: February, 2010
Location: Salt Lake City, UT
Posts: 1,846
Lens Review Date: August 16, 2010 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $40.00 | Rating: 5 

 
Pros: Lightweight, small, macro focusing, internal and external threaded rings
Cons: Donut bokeh, F8 is slow

This lens is ok. Maybe I haven't given it enough of a chance, but it's nothing stellar, and nothing horrible.

It's focus is dampened, and is quite smooth. The macro focusing was a nice idea, although I'm not confident about how well it would perform with donut bokeh in macro images.

It has an external filter thread and an internal filter thread, and mine came with a skylight and 2 nd filters for the internal 30.5mm thread.

It's contrast is ok, if not stellar, and it can be a great performer, but getting the perfect focus is tricky.

Where this lens would really shine is if you needed an occasional extreme telephoto, but didn't want to pack around something heavy. This lens is tiny for 500mm and very lightweight. I wouldn't say quite pocket size, but easy to throw into any pack.

Lens is actually a T mount, mine has the PK adapter attached.
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