Recently I posted a few photos of my new E-PL1 camera that my wife gave to me as a birthday present. Since then, I have picked up a few pieces of glass and among them was a Samyang 500 mm f6.3 Super Telephoto Mirror Lens with a 2x Teleconverter. Figuring at that at $150 – I did not have much to lose so I did not bother to resist the urge. A few people asked about it in my last thread here so I promised to post a review when time availed. As for this review, I have to apologize in advance for the lack luster subject matter of the test photos. I make no bones about the fact that these photos are not "artful" by any means as the photos presented here are only meant to take this lens out on a test drive. That being said, the test photos are shots taken looking down the street from my house on a cold cloudy January morning. For the first shot, I am using the E-PL1 with the standard 14-42mm IIR lens as a calibration shot before I affix the Samyang. The first shot is at 14 mm: The second shot is taken at 42 mm: Here I affix the 40–150 mm telephoto lens: This shot is taken with the 40-150 mm at full zoom of 150 mm: For reference, here is the same shot at 150 mm that has been cropped to the equivilent of a photo taken with the Samyang at 500mm. Now the fun begins. Here I affix the Samyang 500 mm. The following shots show the Samyang in effect. Here I am using the stop sign as a focal point to assess the depth of field. Here I am attempting to focus on the Volkswagen that is moving away from the camera. (500mm) In this photo I am trying to focus on the row of cars to on the right hand side of the road. (500mm) In this next set, I have affixed the 2x Teleconverter. This is about the maximum amount of weight that I would put on the camera – even then, I am getting a little nervous. When using the lens in this configuration – you have to be very careful with the camera. You would not want to go on a hiking trip with this, nor would you want to move the camera around on the tripod unless you are holding the lens and the camera with both hands. Makes me nervous: In this shot I am focusing on the second 25 Mile/Hour speed sign which is about a half mile up the street from my location (1000mm) Here I have croped the photo from above to show what happens. You can get close in, however, for obvious reasons, it is not as sharp. Overall, I think the Samyang is a decent lens for the money. It has a metal body. It is completely mechanical – no auto-focus, no exif data, no nothing. Just hands on (at $150 – what do you expect!) It is a fun little lens; however, I would not expect to see any professional photographers with these on the sidelines of an NFL game, or anyone from National Geographic proudly showing it off as part of their kit. But for someone that has a little extra cash on hand, it is definitely something you can play with without breaking the bank. For anyone that has been eying one of these on ebay or amazon etc... I hope this review helps.