What does everyone think of this lens?

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  1. Markw

    Markw No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I want to do alot of wildlife work and I figure that a long distance lens will help dramatically. What do you all think about this lens:
    [ame]http://www.amazon.com/Kenko-420-1600mm-Telephoto-Digital-Cameras/dp/B000MX5LEK/ref=sr_1_12?ie=UTF8&s=photo&qid=1225823046&sr=1-12[/ame]

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    Overread has a hat around here somewhere Staff Member Supporting Member

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    short answer - cheap load of rubbish.
    longer answer - I too looked at some of these super cheap super zooms and asked around - general responce was that they were not worth the glass they were made from - heck if you read the first review for this the lens does not even have any aperture blades! IT also looks to be a 210-800mm lens with a 2*teleconverter toget that extra range - canon, nikon heck even sigma don't make a 200-800mm focal length zoom lens. Avoid this like the plague and save for a proper lens :)

    A 70-300mm zoom would be a cheap way to get a good focal length for wildlife - though the 300mm end will be softer.
    moving up in price a 300mm f4 prime would be the next best - also a 1.4 teleconverter would give you a 420mm lens from that which would still deliver good quality results
    There are also the two sigma superzooms - the 50-500mm and 150-500mm in this price area as well.
     
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    kundalini Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    You would have more satifaction by spending the money on a meal.
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    You get what you pay for.
     
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    Dubious Drewski TPF Noob!

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    Yeah, I would not trust that thing to deliver any sort of usable image. You'd likely get better image quality by cropping into a shot taken with a 70-300.
     
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    Wouldn't trust it as far i can throw it.
     
  7. Overread

    Overread has a hat around here somewhere Staff Member Supporting Member

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    well I went out and tried to find photos taken with this lens - not easy!
    I did find this though for a 650-1300mm - this is page 2 - and if you go hafl way down and look at the user name pcasciola - he/she is the user who bought the lens.

    http://photography-on-the.net/forum/archive/index.php/t-103319-p-2.html

    sadly on their site you have to copy - paste links- here are some examples liked form there:
    I also recomend reading page one of the thread - its very much fun test and at the settings which had to be used its not for wildlife at all - just way too slow. Also its apparently a huge monster of a lens!
     

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