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Any experience with Samyang 500mm f/6.3 reflex lens?

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by jrsilva, May 20, 2013.

  1. jrsilva

    jrsilva Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 1, 2012
    Portugal
    Jaime
    Hello,

    Anyone have already used the Samyang 50mm f/6.3 (or the f/8 version) on a micro 4/3 body?

    Here's a link to the specs:

    http://www.samyang-lens.co.uk/samyang-500mm-f63-mc-if-mirror-lens.html

    I believe it would not be best optics than most native micro 4/3, but is it acceptable for bird photography.
    I own a Panasonic 100-300mm lens but sometimes I need more than that to get closer to some species.
     
  2. AceAceBaby

    AceAceBaby Mu-43 Veteran

    249
    Jan 21, 2013
    I have the Rokinon branded one (same thing). To be honest I haven't had much luck with it; the DoF is razor thin, and I found it hard to get anything like a good shot with it.
     
  3. jrsilva

    jrsilva Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 1, 2012
    Portugal
    Jaime
    Thank's for sharing your experience with this lens.
    It is a cheap super telephoto option for micro 4/3 but seams to good to be true...
     
  4. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    Yeah, mirror lenses are really cheap but they're a totally different bird. So to speak... ;)
     
  5. jrsilva

    jrsilva Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 1, 2012
    Portugal
    Jaime
    Even so, I would like to see samples of photos taken with the Samyang / Rokinon 500mm
     
  6. Serhan

    Serhan Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    May 7, 2011
    NYC
  7. jrsilva

    jrsilva Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 1, 2012
    Portugal
    Jaime
    Thank's for posting the samples link.
    I'm looking to see if it is useful for bird photography
     
  8. chonbhoy

    chonbhoy Mu-43 Veteran

    430
    Apr 23, 2013
    Scottish Highlands
    How did you get on with the 500mm f6.3? Would the f8 version be better for a deeper DOF?
     
  9. Pawel D.

    Pawel D. Mu-43 Regular

    45
    Jan 25, 2014
    Białystok, Poland
    What can I tell you - those are tricky lenses to use. Especially on MFT sensor with 2x crop. Definitely a tripod, cable/remote release and a lot of patience :)

    Can I recommend Soviet M42 lenses? Those are well known for their quality.
    I've bought 3M-6A 500/6.3 long time ago and recently fixed it. I'm really glad with the results. I must tell you 500/8.0 is even sharper.
    In case you wanted samples, those are here: 3M-6A 500 mm 1:6.3 (M42 mount)
     
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  10. Pawel D.

    Pawel D. Mu-43 Regular

    45
    Jan 25, 2014
    Białystok, Poland
    I forgot to add one important thing and I don't know if you've googled that already.

    500/6.3 that was linked above is a rather big and heavy lens. Though it's 1 step faster.
    On the other hand 500/8.0 (called MTO as I recall) is very light and much smaller. I reffer to this version: [ 500/8.0 M42 ] Of course you can find it cheaper on eBay or locally.

    There's also Rubinar 500/5.6 - the fastest and as the common knowledge says the sharpest of all (probably the biggest too. I know it can't be mounted properly on some Canon DSLRs). I've never used that one.
     
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  11. AceAceBaby

    AceAceBaby Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jan 21, 2013
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