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Sony SAL-500F80
8.3 out of 10

Sony SAL-500F80

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Overall 10
10

Best Reflex Lens

Arun R, Amazon
24 November 2014
  • Summary: One of the best 5 cm reflex lens to have been ever produced. If used with a bit of care it can produce images as good as any 500 mm zoom. The plus for this lens includes it's light weight and relatively small size.
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Overall 2
2.0

Meh!

Charles S. Parker, Amazon
14 May 2014
  • Summary: I have this lens, I don't want to bash it but, I find it hard to use. Any shaking and the mirror distorts the picture. Maybe its just me but I wish I would have put the money towards a G series lens. If you are looking to buy one I will beat anyone's price on here.
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Overall 10
10

sal500f80

bill820buys, Ebay
10 June 2013
  • Summary: This is a unique lens in the photo world. I know of no other mirror (reflex) lens that is auto focus. The amazing part is that Minolta (bought by Sony) first made this lens - don't know - 15, 20 years ago. Sony picked it up in the Mino purchase, but has since discontinued the lens.
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Overall 8
8.0

BAM! Outdoor photography will never be the same

MattD_Sea "buyer of miscellaneous things", Amazon
10 May 2013
  • Summary: This is an amazing lens, but make sure you understand what you are getting. This is not the lens you want to bring to a family reunion unless you plan on being across the yard from your subjects. This is a fixed focus lens designed to be used in adequate light.
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Overall 10
10

airshow fans and bird-watchers, get this while you can

OregonCoast "OregonCoast", Amazon
13 February 2011
  • Summary: If you seek hand-held telephotography, get the only auto-focus-enabled reflex lens on the market while you still can. Sony has discontinued production of the SAL-500F8 reflex lens. It won't sell out quick, but it will eventually. I use it for airshows and wildlife.
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Overall 8
8.0

Good lens

sda_25938, Ebay
9 January 2011
  • Summary: It works as I expected. For not so bright days you'd better use a tripod. Good for nature pictures. Size is ok taking in account the focal distance.
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Overall 10
10

Sony 500mm f/8.0 SAL500F80

tokyo-forex, Ebay
13 December 2010
  • Summary: Its reflective optical system provides super-long telephoto performance in a compact, lightweight design that`s easier to carry on anywhere.
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Overall 10
10

Sony 500mm Mirror Lens

Wild About Wildlife, Amazon
1 November 2010
  • Summary: An Excellent lens all round. Some of my best wildlife photos have been possible only because of this little marvel.(See The attached photos) I could never hope to afford a 500mm refractive lens, so I am extremely pleased and thankful to Sony for it's existence.
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Overall 8
8.0

Up Close and Focused

James M. Stewart, Amazon
6 April 2010
  • Summary: Three good attributes of this lens: excellent quality rapid auto focus and low f/#. An annoying characteristic of this lens to me is its large size. That requires a separate case for it if one uses a standard camera bag with other lenses.
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Overall 10
10

Very Good Lens - My doubts Were Unfounded!

T. Latham, Amazon
1 July 2009
  • Summary: I was a little doubtful about using a mirrored lens. My doubts were misplaced. The lens, for nature shots is very good. I get some tremendous shots with the subject matter almost full frame!
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