Reviews and Problems with Rokinon 500-1000mm f/6.3
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Don't waste your money!
8 August 2013
Summary: So, for me, the allure of a 500mm lens with a doubler was too much for me to pass up. And for this price!? I couldn't let it go... I wasn't expecting incredibly sharp, perfect pictures... but I also wasn't expecting what I got!! I took a picture at 1000mm. Used a tripod for stability, and shot a hawk sitting in a tree from about 30 yards... the color aberration was so bad that you can hardly tell what the picture's of!
Summary: Ok first of this isnt going to give you world class results but for the price its very good. Focus is manual so if you are taking photos of animals in the "wild" you will need to know where they are going to be and have the lens focused and aimed so all you need to do is some fine focusing. I have taken some very nice shots of a humming bird but I have a feeder so im always aimed and ready.
Summary: All mirror lenses have well known limitations; hence they are not widely made. I use the Rokinon on a Canon 5D MKIII which readily auto exposes correctly and sharpness is acceptable as well as color transmission. The main reason to own a mirror lens is the bokeh which is unique and attractive. I own top of the line lenses and this is one of my favorites as it is fun, novel and unique. Sub $200, nobody should have any complaints.
Summary: I did a lot of research before purchasing this lens. The reviews are either glowing or horrible. I had one purpose in mind for this lens, photographs of the moon. My hobby is astrophotography and I wanted a light travel setup to photograph the moon high in the sky or near the horizon so I wouldn't have to lug around scopes and heavy duty tripods.
Summary: This lens has a problem with sun spots when used in bright sunlight. I also experienced focus problems with Canon 5D using the Ee-D Grid Focusing screen. I need to work with it to get the shots which ususally means I lose the shot. It might be cheap but it's not worth the money.
Summary: Not the 'National Geographic' quality, but it is still a good lens for the price. It does take a lot of practice to get used to it. I could only take picture using tripod and remote shutter control. It is just so sensitive to any vibration and therefore not able to take any clear picture without tripod. But once I put it on tripod and put on a stable platform and with remote shutter control, I was able to take some pretty good pictures.
Summary: I give it a 5 on 5.. definitely.. Ever since I got my Nikkor 70-300.. I had always wished for more zoom.. but being a photographer just out of passion.. I knew i could never justify the exorbitant prices (by my standards) of a pro quality lens.. Saw this on Amazon.. and thought of giving it a try.. And for the price it is offered in.. it was a very tempting proposition.. Tried this on Birds with my Nikon D5000.. handheld at 500 mm..
Summary: I give it 5 Stars because it exceeds my expectations for an inexpensive mirror lens. Will a primary lens with a fluorite objective element have better color saturation and finer detail? Yes, but they cost 10 to 30 times as much and I seldom have need for anything more than 200mm. Mounted on a Canon 60D with remote shutter release and tripod, the 1000mm configuration has allowed me to capture images of birds and other critters in distant tree tops, or in flight, as well...
Summary: Got the lens and I finally got a chance to put it through it's paces. Not much info was enclosed with the package so it took awhile to figure the settings. After practice and many deletes, it has become second nature for me, but thank goodness for the delete button on the camera. One bummer, is that I did not use the extension tube until very recently, and found,, much to my dismay, it did not fit my camera!!!(canon rebel EOS).