Outstanding lens for the money. Let me clarify, this is an outstanding lens if you know how to use it. Everything is manual and you need to take some time to learn to use it properly. First, it is a very slow lens (F/16 at 1300mm or F/32 with the teleconverter. Given that Canon's equivalent focal length all automatic F/5.4 lens is custom built for $99,000, this lens is a steal. But you do need lots of light and/or a sturdy tripod. Biggest drawback (besides the aperture limitations) is that the lens tube is somewhat flimsy at the longer zooms. I felt it could be a bit sturdier and this is why I give it a 4. There is also a bit of chromatic abberation at long zooms in bright sunlight. Still I was able to see and photograph Saturn's rings at 2600mm ( I wish I could post the photo here). Moon photos are amazing and, with a solar filter, you can see and photograph sun spots. I am extremely happy with this lens.
How did the image on site compare with the actual product? Exactly the same
Was the product free of any manufacturer defects? Yes
Please tell us about the quality of the product. Decent quality - manual zoom push/pull tube could be sturdier
I'm giving this three stars, for the money, it is worth it. Afterall, if you purchase a name brand lens, they are far more expensive. I don't care for the paper that calls itself a manual. It takes some time to figure out how to properly use the lens and I could not find much support on the internet. I would recommend it to someone that knows a bit about photography, but with practice this lens takes great pictures. You will need a heavy duty tripod to support the lens, all low light photography will require one.
this lens is just what my husband wanted and for the price we are so happy this lens was a fathers day gift, the only issue that we have is that it is really heavy but with a tripod it will allows us to be in the stands of our sons football games and still be right in the action.
Most of my problem with it has to do with the quality of construction. It is extremely hard to aim and focus. Even with a sturdy tripod it is supper difficult to aim. The lens itself flexes when extended so when you sight in your subject and let go of the camera the subject is no longer in view. also the slide (zoom) is very rough and does not adjust very smooth, again making it hard to dial in on what you are looking at. I found it so difficult to use that I sent it back, and that was just trying it out on a stationary ( a mountain top) object, let alone something (wildlife) that may move even so slightly.
This lens is made of inferior materials. The outer body tube is thin, and the push-pull zoom tube is not heavy enough to hold a full size camera. My Canon 5D3 actually hangs off centerline when the lens is supported by its tripod mount. As far as optically, the f8-16 anf f16-32 aperture combined with the low quality optics creates a horrible chromatic abbheration across the entire picture surface. The entire photo has a grey foggy appearance. over 50 pictures taken at a variety of different settings all resulted in the same fog. I also had a problem with vibration. the lens is so sensitive that I could actually see my building vibrating when I pulled it all the way out to 2600mm. So yeah, no, this lens is extremely poor quality and I have already returned it.
How did the image on site compare with the actual product? image matches fine
Was the product free of any manufacturer defects? appears to be free of "defects", but made of very low quality materials
Please tell us about the quality of the product. very poor
The lens could not do what it said it would do. While the optics may be okay, the whole contraption is bulky...... manual focus is difficult. The photograph of the moon which is shown in most of the manufacturer's reviews is possible in view of the fact that the moon does not move. The claims that the lens can be used for wildlife photography is pure bullshit. You do not expect an animal or the bird to remain steady while you are working our your manual focus.
How did the image on site compare with the actual product? okay
Was the product free of any manufacturer defects? not really
Please tell us about the quality of the product. Okay....................so so
this is a good product but must be used on a tripod with a remote control. If you touch any part of it while taking a picture it will blur. but as long as you stay clear while taking the picture it takes very clear and precises pictures. due to its accuracy it is very vulnerable to the touch or any movement.
How did the image on site compare with the actual product? good
Was the product free of any manufacturer defects? yes
Please tell us about the quality of the product. very well made
Thank you for your interest. This item is for Canon EOS 60D, 7D, 5D Mark II III, Rebel T3, T3i, T4i Digital SLR. Please feel free to contact us again with any further questions. overstockcustomercare1 on Dec 17, 2012
Notice your camera has a red circle (EF) or a white square (EF-S) dot in the lens mounting ring. This lens has a red dot, which means it is compatible with full-frame cameras, and not limited to just C-size or H-Size cameras (which all have white dots). Many modern Canon DSLRs have BOTH red and white.
On any canon camera with a red dot, this lens should work.tekuryuu on Apr 26, 2013
IS THIS LENS A EF OR EF-S MOUNT? I REALIZE ITS FOR CANON BUT THERE IS A BIG DIFFERENCE WEATHER IT WILL WORK ON CERTAIN EOS CAMERAS.rondawg61 on Nov 22, 2012Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
The manufacturer has verified the unit is compatible with all Canon products but unfortunately we are unable to determine if it is compatible with any Sony products. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.overstockcustomercare1 on Nov 16, 2012
does this work with canon rebel t3. is it guaranteed to work with it some off brand lens do not seem tp work with this camera on May 20, 2012Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
This product is compatible with all Canon EOS, SLR, and digital SLR cameras. overstockcustomercare1 on May 23, 2012
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