Cheap 500mm options, best of the worst

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  1. dxqcanada

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    Hmm, mirror lenses can be used as a low cost long focal length lens "replacement" ... it is too bad you don't have a Sony as the Minolta AF 500mm is a very good lens.
    The Sigma 170-500mm is a low priced lense you could look at ... though I personally have no experience with it.


     
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    Plus it is AF
    Although the next question is, can the camera AF a f/8 lens, as some can't?
     
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    I am very pleased with my Tamron 150-600.
    it is the G2 which is important as the original had focus issues, apparently...

    It's 5k fast glass, or even 2k but in comparison to the previous 400mm Sigma, that was noticing soft beyond 250-280mm the step up in quality is astounding.

    All I need now is to learn how to take a reasonable picture...

    I am in no way an expert, heck I am barely competent, but you could do worse than to check the reviews for this lense.

    Al
     
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    Yes, all Minolta/Sony AF A-mounts can ...
    Minolta Maxxum AF 500mm Reflex

    ... but this topic is about Nikon.
     
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    • If you decide that this is a viable choice for you, I have one that I haven’t used since buying my 500 f4p. Could be yours for well under your target price.

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    I still have a 500mm manual everything I bought leaving Saigon (in a hurry) in the early 70's with a Pentax k-mount. It worked well enough with film, but is much more useful with digital. This is an ambush lens, not a stalker, as I have to use a tripod, and have time to pre-focus and take a test shot or two. Set-up is easy, wide open, shutter 1/500 or faster and let ISO float as necessary. Pre-focus on something near where your subject will be (usually infinity or very close) and wait for the subject. Results are quite good, and I can crop up to maybe 20% in good light. Long distance photos are degraded more by haze and smoke than by lens problems. I bought a used MACRO lens from EBAY once and the pawn shop threw in one of these, but 10 years newer, for free. Took it apart to clean and was surprised at how little glass it contained. Reassembled, it also works just fine. If you buy used condition (haze and fungus might be an issue) but age is not a factor. I've looked at brand new versions and the do not appear to have changed is design or manufacturing in 45 years.
     
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