With a little care and patients it looks like your new (budget) lens can turn out a fantastic photograph........now where have I heard that before.
Very wise words! I couldn't agree more with you. I am only sorry that I could not take pictures with the "budget" reflex lenses I looked at to compare. The one that stood out was the Opteka 500mm reflex f8.
It was very light weight, very bright and very inexpensive..... $110. Opteka also has an 800mm reflex lens for about $200. Rokinon also has lenses you can check out on Overstock.com in the range of $140 to $160.
I fully agree with BP that if you want a fun lens, that is cheap and gives you some horse power, these are more than fine.
I picked up my used Nikon 500mm reflex for $200. Good deal? Well, it is the going price for a C. The N will run you around $300+, depending on who is bidding against you on ebay. The Chinese seem to think it is worth $700+. Don't bother! As much as I like the lens, there are limitations. Trust me, I love this lens. I am very happy with it. However, I fully agree with BP, that you can get a value lens that will do the same thing.
The only caveat I have for you is I am comparing sample photos I have seen taken from these lenses, I never got to shoot a picture I could take home and compare side by side.
Strengths of this type of lens:
Foibles of this type of lens:
Bokeh can be weird under certain conditions
F stop fixed at 8
Hard to focus
- and it is strictly manual focus
Things I am not sure about yet and won't know until I take more pictures:
My overall opinion, well worth the money. I wouldn't pay more than $200 for one of these and only if it is the Nikon, if you can find one. The less you pay, the better. The only cosmetic thing I didn't like about the Opteka was the cream colour and the silly brass screwed on plate with their brand on the barrel of the lens. This is simply silly. I think they will change this in the future for a rubber stamped brand, like everyone else.
Overall, for my needs, this is a perfect buy. I don't mind the manual focus. The only thing I don't like, but find totally acceptable is it is a little bit hard to focus. My eyes are not what they used to be so I do struggle with this. However, I bought this for outdoor, sunny day use and to take some great moon shots! So, no issues here!
You can also take some cool close ups of stuff, not Macro, just in tight as you can see below (CU of an 8" Terracotta Warrior). However, you need to stand back some 13 feet! Honestly, great lens. I don't know why they lost favour!
Edited by Art, 18 January 2011 - 04:48 PM.