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micksilvey

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micksilvey says:

Opteka 650-1300mm High Definition Telephoto Lens

Hi,

Has anybody heard of these lenses if so can you tell me what sort of quality they are.

Thanks Mick

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hywel

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hywel says:

Re: Opteka 650-1300mm High Definition Telephoto Lens

It's junk.  Toy camera quality at best.

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micksilvey

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micksilvey says:

Re: Opteka 650-1300mm High Definition Telephoto Lens

hywel said:

It's junk.  Toy camera quality at best.



 

Is this fact from your experience? ( or are all Opteka lenses "junk")

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oldguy

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oldguy says:

Re: Opteka 650-1300mm High Definition Telephoto Lens

Belongs to a group of lenses, by various manufacturers that sell them as extreme telephoto for little money. Construction is more like a telescope than a camera lens, and quality is suspect.  They usually require a sturdy tripod, bright light as they start about f8 (f11 - 16 is more realistic, and a very stationary subject. Acceptable image quality usually is exception. Judging by availablility and saleability , their natural habitat is E-bay.

Howard

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hywel

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hywel says:

Re: Opteka 650-1300mm High Definition Telephoto Lens

1600mm for < us$300="" is="" going="" to="" be="" junk="" regardless. ="" i="" googled="" the="" lens,="" then="" flickr="" it. ="" the="" results="" are="">

Consider this: Nikon does a 50mm prime for £80 on the High Street.  Nikon does a 300mm prime lens for £4,000 High Street price.  Opteka - 1600mm for £200.  Please - it's a piece of junk.

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Mad Murphy NZ

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Re: Opteka 650-1300mm High Definition Telephoto Lens

not with a 10 foot barge pole.

Long answer, junk, anything that advertises itself in bold letters to be a "high definition precision optical instrument" usually isn't. You get what you pay for, these are about one step up from the paper towel roll you used as a pirate's telescope when you were a kid.

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woz

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woz says:

Re: Opteka 650-1300mm High Definition Telephoto Lens

Buy some manure instead, that way you could still use it!

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bigalguitarpicker

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Re: Opteka 650-1300mm High Definition Telephoto Lens

VOICE OF DISSENT !!  THEY'RE GREAT !!  I looked at these a while back and decided the cost was too high for what has to be junk, then I spotted an ad for an Opteka 500-1000. On reading closely I found that like the 600, the 500 comes packed with a x2 converter, but could be bought without it. As I already have a x2 converter i took the plunge and paid about £80 to 47st.photo on eBay. My lens arrived in a few days. I had to give the courier just short of £10 for Import Duty so I spent £90 in total. It isn't complete junk and performs OK. It's totally manual, not great at extreme distances, but not the complete pits either. F8-F22 so yes you're looking for good light, but you can shove up the ISO. Use a tripod for preference, but you can handhold and jam yourself up against a tree or a lamp-post or something. As long as you don't expect top class results, you should have good fun with it.

I think I've posted these images here recently already? The swans are 500mm at about 50 or 60 yds, 10 or 12 feet apart, focus on the more distant one, DOF clearly visible between them,  the mountain, Slieve Donard in the Mournes is 1000mm at about 25 miles. I think I had the ISO quite high. There was a bit of haze as usual in the evening but the Mourne Wall is clearly visible running up to the top of each peak and the triangulation pillars atop these mountains can also be seen. They're built out of granite blocks and would be about 20 feet high. The  dove is I think 500mm at about 20 yds handheld with me jammed up against my back door. The other two were taken on tripod with a beanbag draped on top of the lens for extra stability. I'm sorry now, that I didn't buy the 600mm, but I decided the 500mm at £80 was less of a loss if it did turn out to be rubbish, but I'm well pleased with the results I'm getting. Alex.

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hywel

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hywel says:

Re: Opteka 650-1300mm High Definition Telephoto Lens

@bigal - those are all soft and noisy, especially the third one.  I suppose, for the money they're as good as you're going to get.

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bigalguitarpicker

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Re: Opteka 650-1300mm High Definition Telephoto Lens

Hi Hywel. The third one is the first I took with it. Out of the box, onto the camera, take a pic and read the manual later! Yes they're soft and noisy. Of course they are, but for £80  I'm not complaining and they're improving as I learn how to use the thing.I'd love a good quality lens but I haven't got thousands to spend on one, so I'll have a bit of fun with this instead.First of these two was taken at 240mm with a Nikkor 70-300 (another one of those big money lenses), the second was taken at 1000mm using the Opteka. I had the ISO at 1600 for max shutter speed and the image has no sharpening applied. Alex.

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micksilvey

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micksilvey says:

Re: Opteka 650-1300mm High Definition Telephoto Lens

Hi Alex,

Some good feedback at last if you have anymore info on using these lenses it would be most appreciated.Mick

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