Check out this lens!

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  1. crazy_dragonlady

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    I'm not sure of the quality but I was completely shocked by the price. It just doesn't seem possible that a lens could be sold for that cheap. You sure can tell that it wasn't made by Canon! ;)

    650-2600mm Lens

    Never heard of the manufacturer either... anyone else?

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    Wow!!!

    It's probably great at magnification
    but the quality is what you will pay for... ;)
     
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    I could be wrong but I think Phoenix Optical is an optics company in CA specializing in eye glasses, Seems odd that they would just jump to camera lenses but not out of the relm of possibility, But like I said I could be wrong on that.

    It seems as though they have been at it for a wile and they seem to get fairly good reviews
    Here is one on my mount
     
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    Wow that be a cool lens to have :) Though the price does seem pretty cheap realistically unless theres some damage?

    But i found one site here that recommends that brand of lens on it

    Then again since they sell them I gather they are going to put that in order to move them lol
     
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    I betcha the quality of the images aren't that great. Although, the brand is sold on adorama.com that particular lens isn't.

    I've searched through google for the manuf. but can't seem to locate any type of website.

    I've also read that the comparable lens made by Canon is around the $130,000 mark!! :shock: Plus they only make them on demand. So it's quite odd that a similar style lens would be under 300. Definitely makes you question the quality.

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    I also can't find a verifyable website either. If it is the same optics company I thought they where the image quality may be fine, I would be more concerned with the mount and AF drive moters of them than image quality.
     
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    From what I've read this lens is a "universal" type lens. Meaning that they have mounts made for pretty much all the popular camera bodies out there. The way they're selling them on amazon is with a 2x teleconverter made specifically for the lens and depending on what brand of camera body you want to use it on it comes with the matching T-ring for that brand. I might just have to give it a try ;)

    I copied and pasted the product description from Amazon.com:

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    Besides the IQ, which is probably really poor, this lens is useless because of its maximum aperture: f/8 (it won't autofocus with most cameras if any). Once you add the 2x teleconverter, you loose 2 stops, bringing the maximum aperture down to f/16!!!!
     
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    Judging by that, I would not have any problems with one of the Phoenix lenses, However EF mounted users should steer clear unless they can figure manual exposure settings. Sound about right?
     
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    That lens has been out forever! Its a metal tube with glass.... you would be better off with a nice telescope and adapter.
     
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    Manual focusing is only thing holding me back - I can barely work manual on stationery target. Something flying (bird) - forget it :(

    Phoenix also have a 500mm for $110 (B&H) which is soooo tempting - no wife permission required :thumbup:

    After seeing price of Phoenix, going to be tougher to justify Canon 100-400 or Sigma's two new offerings in April.

    How did photographers take picture of birds in flight before days of autofocus and IS? :confused:
     

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