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Tamron MF 500 mm f/8

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Manufacturer Tamron
Model MF 500 mm f/8
Lens style Telephoto
Focal length 500 mm
Maximum aperture f/8
Angle of view o
Closest focusing distance 1.7 m
Maximum magnification 1:3
Minimum aperture 8
Number of diaphragm blades 0
Auto focus type MF
Lens Construction 4 elements / 7 groups
Filter diameter 82 mm
Macro No
Available mounts Adaptall II
Dimensions 84 x 91.5 mm
Weight 595 g
Additional information Internal filter 30.5mm
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Owners reviews (1)
  1. Jeremy Ashinghurst
    Jeremy Ashinghurst 12 August 2011, 16:51
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    IP 12.148.x.x
    Owner since: 6 months
    Price: $150
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: *fixed aperture *poor contrast if used without a lens hod *weird 'Donut' bokeh compounded by an extremely narrow depth of field. *Small relative aperture means focusing aid screens such as split prisms do not work well, nor will focus confirmation work (500D) *Difficult to focus in anything but bright light. *difficult to hand-hold on non-IS camera bodies. *poor IQ when attached to the 01F teleconverter (but what do you expect)

    Pros: Lightweight, compact 500mm lens that you can carry around all day great build quality excellent macro capabilities great IQ under the right circumstances some like the 'Donut' bokeh focusing ring turns almost 360 to make up for the narrow depth of field

    Summary: Good value for the money especially if you prefer MF lenses and a decent 500mm all-glass lens is out of your price range. This lens forces you to make a few compromises but that hasn't stopped me from loving it. Absolutely must be used with a hood.

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