Excerpt: As with other Rokinon lenses that I own (14f2.8, 24f1.4 and 85F1.4), the Rokinon 500f8 combines high quality optics with excellent mechanical features. A tripod and shutter release are a must to get the best performance with this lens. Images are sharp with excellent contrast. Manual focusing is actually easier to use than most modern autofocus lenses, i.e.
Excerpt: I knew when I bought this that it wasn't going to be the greatest lens. I knew when I bought this that I shouldn't expect much. Everything I thought about this lens was true. Amazing price for any lens. Cheaply made. Not really the magnification of a 500mm. Hard to focus. All that being said, the lens works and I think was worth the price. I don't expect to us it much, but when I do, I'll know it will do what it was made to do.
Excerpt: Recommend a tripod for sure ...You can get up close and enjoy one-on-one with some of nature's best kept secretsUsed on Olympus E5 with the adaptor (recommended separate purchase), and it works perfectly.