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.
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.
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.
airshow fans and bird-watchers, get this while you can
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.
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.
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.
Summary: I wasn't able to get a teleconverter for the zoom lens I use, so decided to try the Sony SAL-500F80 500mm f/8 Reflex Super Telephoto Lens for Sony Alpha Digital SLR Camera. I am thrilled with it! It's short, compact, lightweight, and easy to hand hold.
Summary: Being a Minolta geek I had a weak spot for this singular autofocus relector objective. Now I had the money and the proper time to go and do serious architecture photography, aswell as general scenery shots of Dutch towns and and still existing wildlife, I treated myelft to the Sony 500/f8 relector.
Pros: Sharpness, Fast focus, f8 but very bright (mind you much brighter than f8 on refractor!), short lenght only about 1/3rd of the focal length, good grip - feels stirdy., I like the leather lense hood - had to get used to it, but works fast on and off, Auto focus (and very good), Price!, equivalent ...
Cons: Stopping down is impossible, in principle front filter is possible, but will degrade performance. Instead rear filters.
Summary: The Sony 500mm reflex lens is a remarkable lens giving one equivalent to 750mm on the Sony 350 camera. Why did I purchase the lens you may ask? My reasoning other than price (£430) and size was, that by comparison the other two zoom lenses I own for my Canon D5 and Nikon 200, each costing in the...
Summary: I bought this lens to take with me to Yellowstone National Park to get the pictures I missed last time. Especially for the wildlife. I have been testing it and was really surprised at the detail it shows. I use it with my Sony DSLR 100, and using "anti shake" I am able to shoot without a tripod.