Summary: This is not a friendly lens. It has no stabilization and is manual focus. Based on its design it can have some glare issue if you are not used to this style. But.....it is fun to use. I won't get rid of this. Images added have minimal post processing. Color tones were not changed. Used with a Canon 40D.
Summary: This lens and lenses like it really do get a rather bad rap because it is so cheap. And lets be honest, most people that will buy this lens will do so as a point of curiosity. Maybe as a step to further you along in your never ending quest for 'More photography stuff'. This is not a biggie as I am the same way. I bought this lens for this very reason. This lens is of course strictly manual. Nothing auto about it.
Summary: I ordered this item and received a Samyung 500mm f/8 Telephoto Lens with 2X Teleconverter instead. So I can't tell you how well it actually works, but my guess is that they are both alike in the type of picture quality you get for the price you pay. I had the Samyung set up on a tripod with a remote release using a Nikon 3100 DSLR camera shooting acrost town about 4 miles. The pictures were okay but not great.
Summary: I bought this lens just to experiment with taking pictures of the moon and wildlife at a distance. It is about what you would expect for the price. I guess there is a reason some 500mm lenses cost over $1000, and this one doesn't. I expected this lens to perform at the price point I paid, and I am satisfied with the performance. I give it 4 stars because it lives up to what I was expecting, if I had paid $500 for it, I could only give it 1 or 2 stars.
Summary: Being I am new to this stuff I find this lens is very good for back yard birding and still photographing .The one thing I dont care for is though I tried many different settings I syill have to use a flash otherwise the pic' s turn out dark except in extreme sun lite But for the price it's a decent lense .All depending on what you want to do.
Summary: I bought this lens for my Nikon D5000 digital SLR. There is nothing automatic about this lens, and no instructions. You have to know a little about lenses and manual settings for aperture and shutter speed. You MUST use this lens in manual mode. You will need to select the aperture you want then select a shutter speed. Take test photos until the exposure is correct.
Summary: I needed to photograph a very important event and this item I thought would be perfect for the job by its description. But it failed me greatly. The photos were overly expose and the video was really shaky. Was not pleased at all!