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Bower SLY500PN High-Power 500mm f-8 Telephoto Lens for Nikon by Review Summary ,  Sep 3, 2015

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Bower SLY500PN High-Power 500mm f/8 Telephoto Lens for Nikon
Report Date: 11/05/2015
Based on 73 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.6
Returned or considering to return: 6.8%

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Individual Feature Rating
Price5.0   above average
Lens4.7   average
Image3.8   average


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Focus

Focus:
"It worked reasonably well on subjects up to a couple of hundred feet away but I was disappointed that I couldn't focus on distant objects."
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"It is very sensitive to shaking however and not having autofocus is a little tiring when the object isn't perfectly in focus."
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"The only thing I had a problem with was, it sometimes did not bring into focus things that were far away."
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"Good for far away photo just can by hard to focus to get a unfocused pic looks fine till you zoom in on the pic to crop orTo see details"
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"Because it's a manual lens, it takes time to focus properly, making it pretty much impossible to track anything happening fast.8) With a maximum aperture of f 8, this is not a fast lens, so if you try to use it in very low light, you'll need very slow shutter speed and high ISO9) The minimum focus distance is 10 meters, or about 33 feet, so it really isn't an indoor lens.10) Because of the physical size & weight, and the long focal length high magnification, you WILL need to use a tripod.11) You should also use a remote shutter release."
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"It is a nice lens when you aren't focusing it."
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"No frills, but if you know how to manually focus and get the light and speed right, this is a great lens for shooting distant subject."
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"You will spend up to twenty grand for great long lenses with autofocus."
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"Good for far away photo just can by hard to focus to get a unfocused pic looks fine till you zoom in on the pic to crop orTo see details"
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Image

Image:
"For the price, it takes really nice images, People complain about the lack of auto-focus, well I still have my 35mm Olympus OM-4 film camera and lenses and guess what - none of them are auto-focus."
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"Good for far away photo just can by hard to focus to get a unfocused pic looks fine till you zoom in on the pic to crop orTo see details"
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"For the price, it takes really nice images, People complain about the lack of auto-focus, well I still have my 35mm Olympus OM-4 film camera and lenses and guess what - none of them are auto-focus."
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"Good images at a low price, I'll take the lens."
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"Images are fairly clear, even on the few times I've used it freehand."
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"Good for far away photo just can by hard to focus to get a unfocused pic looks fine till you zoom in on the pic to crop orTo see details"
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"For the rare times that I need this distance (PA Wilds Elk Rut photo trip), this is perfect."
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Lens

Lens:
"My camera won't recognize the lens .. keeps saying lens not attached ... not happy with this at all"
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"While I have yet to have any real problems with the lens, Chromatic Aberrations seem to be a common occurance for me."
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"This is NOT an easy lens to use."
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"I have a 30 year old version of this lens and it works great for astrophotography."
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"this is entry level lens only good for taking portrait kind of photos ,,no moving objects can be caught in the frame"
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"Love this lens."
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"But here's what this lens is, and what it can do: it's a good, LOW-COST, super-telephoto that you can use outdoors for birds that are perched, and other wildlife that isn't moving very fast, and for some lovely landscape scenes, and for some nice shots of the moon."
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"This is a good lens for the price, and you can get some very nice wildlife and landscape shots with it."
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Price

Price:
"Great product for the price."
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"But for the price, the quality is very good."
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"This is a good lens for the price, and you can get some very nice wildlife and landscape shots with it."
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"For the money this is a great lens."
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"This is a good lens for the price."
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Tripod

Tripod:
"I can take photos without a tripod in good light, but a tripod is better."
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"Granted, I don't have a $300 professional-grade tripod, but I really hate using tripods, so that $300 will go toward other gear any day."
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"You need a beefy tripod for this guy, and I would seriously recommend using a remote trigger or the Android iOS remote software when using it (assuming your camera supports it)."
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"In this case, that would mean shooting at 1 750s or faster unless you use a good tripod."
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"you will need a tripod to get a clear (non blurry) shot."
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"And it works best on a tripod."
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"Must have a tripod for best results."
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