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Konica Minolta AF 500mm f/8 Mirror Reflex Maxxum 35mm Primes
Submitted by Manfred Maisch a Intermediate from Germany
Date Reviewed: November 9, 2000
Strengths: very lightweight and handy, very quick Autofokus, very sharp pictures in the center and in corners,
Weaknesses: f/8 is too slowl for a 500mm lens, significant loss of light in the corners
It's an ideal lens if you are traveling or have to carry your equipment. The mirrorlens type of the background is sometimes disturbing I have shot a lot of bird-photographs over the years with excelent results, if therewas enough light. I use a monopod for better sharpness.
Duration Product Used: 11-20 years
Similar Products Used: none
Type of photography: Sports
Submitted by Jeff Poon a Intermediate from Toronto, Ontario
Date Reviewed: September 11, 2000
Strengths: Fast AF, light weight and short. Easy to carry.
Weaknesses: Only supplied with one normal and
one 4xND filters. would be nice if a 2xND filter can also be supplied.
Pictures are very sharp even at corners. Autofocus comes in very handy for taking candid shot of people. Use a monopod to obtain sharper pictures.
Duration Product Used: 2-5 years
Price Paid: $700.00
Purchased At: Henry's Camera at downtown Toronto
Similar Products Used: None
Type of photography: Outdoor
Submitted by Charles Bragg a Expert from Los Angeles, CA USA
Date Reviewed: February 13, 2000
Strengths: Lightweight and short; easily locks AF even in dim light.
Weaknesses: f8 only (actual f10 I think). In fact, being unable to stop down is as big a problem as the low light gathering.
For the vacationing amateur, an excellent choice. Getting shots requires you always be ready. This lens and camera fit in a short zoom Tamrac hip belt - very handy. Sharpness is very good.
Duration Product Used: 21+ years
Similar Products Used: Manual focus mirror lenses - absolutely awful compared to Minolta.
Type of photography: Other
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