Home | Reviews | Lenses | 35mm Primes | Sigma

Sigma 600mm f/8 Mirror 35mm Primes

4.2 star rating
                      4.2 / 5 (5 Reviews)
MSRP : $379.00

  • Camera Format35 mm SLR
    Lens TypeFixed Focal Length Lens
    Focal Length600mm
    Lens Max Aperturef/8
    Focus TypeManual Focus
    Macro LensWithout Macro Lens
    Closest Focusing Distance78.7 in
    Picture Angle4 degrees
    Attachment / Filter Size95 mm
    Groups / Elements7 Elements in 4 Groups
    Diameter3.9 in
    Length4.8 in
    Weight29.3 oz
    Product ID20724330

Product Description

Mirror lenses refer to systems comprised of reflecting mirrors with lenses, a combination that allows telephotos to be lighter and more compact than conventional lenses. The effect on the image is ring blur great for portrait work. The use of rear-insertion type filters enable rapid secure filter changes. The barrel''''s rugged ZEN finish helps it withstand hard outdoor use.

Review Options:  Sorted by Latest Review | Sort by Best Rating

Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Lou Dittmar a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: July 11, 2010

Strengths:    Ease of use, fairly light weight and short for ease of carrying and storage, rugged and easy to keep clean.

Weaknesses:    With its long focal length and and small exit diameter the aperture of 8 in the telephoto mode hurts you with shutter speed requirements. It is not a good low light lense without stout supporting means and very still subjects.

Bottom Line:   
I just recently started to use this old lense again with a Nikon D70 Camera body in manual mode and have again realized it's value. It is a great lense for sunlight distant and near shots when your shutter speed is fast for handheld shots and moderate for stabilized shots. Not good on a boat for nature shots as there is no way to brace or stabilize yourself for the shot, although I have taken some good shots of Osprey on nests off of a boat.

If you can find a lense and afford to purchase one, it would be a great lense to have as a fixed focal length telephoto. A childs face is also beautiful under the right lighting conditions with this lense.

Good photo shooting to all that read this.

Expand full review >>

Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Purchased At:   Photo Store

Similar Products Used:   Automatic multi focal lense upto 300 mm and manual multi focal lenses upto 500 mm

Type of photography:   Outdoor

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by paulcarrier a Expert

Date Reviewed: April 21, 2004

Strengths:    So tiny, great viewing capacity (with tripod), perfect telescope (600x with 3x converter), very solid, cheap price...

Weaknesses:    f8 means you can't take professional pictures without tripod, some lens hard to reach for cleaning

Bottom Line:   
The lens / mirrors needed some cleaning / restoring works with chemical pro. (4 hrs)
However, the lens / mirror quality is the best i've seen

Expand full review >>

Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   spiratone 500mm f4 (yes f4...)
rokunar 300mm f5.6
Minolta 250mm f5.6

Type of photography:   Outdoor

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Chris a Professional from Arizona

Date Reviewed: September 2, 2003

Strengths:    Outstanding mechanical contruction - built like a tank! VERY sharp optically, you are limited only by the air turbulence for clarity.

Weaknesses:    What a beast. Autofocus would be nice. very shallow depth of field.

Bottom Line:   
What an amazing lens! The all machined metal construction blew me away, even the sun shade is black anodized alum. Optically is very good, I get sharp crisp images right to the edges, with no visible vignetting, which is suprising for the size of the exit aperture. Focus is exact and snaps at the correct point, a sure sign of a superb optic.

Expand full review >>

Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $379.00

Purchased At:   Adorama

Similar Products Used:   Schmidt cassegrain telescopes.

Type of photography:   Outdoor

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Clifford Hynds a Intermediate from Sydney Australia

Date Reviewed: June 1, 2003

Strengths:    Solid but lightweight metal construction. Advantage is you can easily handhold, I've used it for airshows with good results.

Weaknesses:    Slow F8 aperature, though I have used it for firework displays and night cricket.

Bottom Line:   
Great lens, mine is a White Version with Canon FD mount. Still looks as new. Nothing really similar out there except the Genuine Canon FD 500mm but the Sigma gains an extra 100mm over this at 600mm

Expand full review >>

Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   Hongkong dutyfree 15

Similar Products Used:   Sigma 70-200 + 2X teleconverter

Type of photography:   Outdoor

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Christopher Mathews a Intermediate from Gaithersburg MD USA

Date Reviewed: September 13, 2002

Strengths:    Great reach -- 600mm on my Elan 7e, 960mm on my D60!
WAAAAAY less expensive than equivalent glass

Weaknesses:    Underexposure on 7e (see above) -- not a problem on D60, unknown on other bodies
Manual focus only

Bottom Line:   
I bought this "lens" on eBay from a prior owner who was unable to use it for concert photography because of its relatively small aperture (a fixed f/8). I understand completely why he let it go ... I wouldn't recommend using this equipment for indoor work, except possibly in sports arenas or similar venues where the subject is brightly lit and you can use a short exposure.

Outdoors, however, this is a great tool and a very inexpensive way to get a lot of reach for your camera. In the city, I use the mirror to get close-up photos of hard-to-reach architectural detail; in the country, it's great for capturing wildlife without disturbing their natural behavior patterns. With its compact size (4.8 in long) and light weight (less than two pounds), it's an attractive option for any photographer planning a photo safari where space and weight are at a premium.

Like any long telephoto, you'll get best results with a tripod or a good monopod. Good handheld shots are possible, but it's difficult to manually focus (there is no autofocus function) while keeping the camera steady enough to really see your subject. I could see paparazzi making good use of a mirror lens like this one, but that's not really my cup of tea.

One oddity: on my Elan 7e body, every shot I took was underexposed by one stop using the autoexposure functions. It's easy enough to compensate, but rather annoying. I got this effect in both overcast and bright sunlight; I have no idea why. On my D60, however, the exposures came out perfectly. The prior owner had a D30 and also reported no exposure issues.

Expand full review >>

Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   eBay

Similar Products Used:   Canon 75-300mm IS telezoom w/ 2x converter
Sigma 300mm f/4 telemacro w/ 1.4x converter

Type of photography:   Outdoor

Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

Review Options:  Sorted by Latest Review | Sort by Best Rating

Holiday Gift Guide 2013

Check out our holiday gift suggestions for these categories!

See All Holiday Gift Guide coverage - Click Here »


PhotographyReview Videos