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  1. #1
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    Question SONY SAL-500F80 - 500mm f/8 Reflex

    I know the SONY user crew is not as robust a group, yet, like the Nikon and Canon bunch are, but I wondering is anyone saw fit to purchase the SAL-500F80 - 500mm f/8 Reflex, the ONLY 500mm of it's type to have Autofocus.

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    Can you imagine ... an f/8 autofocus lens?

    Anyway, I was wondering how this baby shot ... and where or not the person who used it compared it against the results they got from a Vivitar T-mount MF 500mm f/8 Reflex. I am sure it probably outclassed it without any problem. Also, can you use a 2x T/C on it, without issue? I know it probably will not AF after that, but can you get a well-focused image manually?

    There is a $600 delta, here, in price. But, you get AF ... and Image Stability from the SONY body. Is your resultant image worth the cash?

    As always, the burning question, eh?
    Last edited by DonSchap; 04-24-2008 at 08:32 PM.
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
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    i just sold of my mirror..just don't have the use for it...i got a doubler for my 70-200..just in case i need the length

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    It was a SONY lens?

    Agreed that a 500mm is certainly a class by itself, in my estimation. It does have limited use ... where I used it was at a football field, up in the stands. It allows for some real tight framing ... and a minimum of cropping.

    I may try to make more use of it during this summer, concentrating on distant images greater than 100+ ft. Really depends on my work situation (doesn't it always).
    Last edited by DonSchap; 04-24-2008 at 08:30 PM.
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
    A Photographer Is Forever
    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

    flickr & Sdi

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    had the minolta version

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    Okay ... what's in a name, right?

    May I ask, what did you get for it? or was it a swap? I'm still having difficulty thinking these babies are yankin' down $700.

    Today is Friday, and I was hoping to get some images ... but, we have some hellcious weather coming through the Midwest. Winds in excess of 60 mph. I ask you, who needs that? I don't even want to think about taking images afterwards.
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
    A Photographer Is Forever
    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

    flickr & Sdi

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    got it for 140..sold it for 580..lol

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    Your truly are an opportunist, my friend. Good for you. Not only capable of finding a good deal, but raking in a healthy profit besides.

    You workin' for SONY or sumptin'?
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
    A Photographer Is Forever
    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

    flickr & Sdi

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