How Good Are Opteka Lenses?

2 years 9 months ago #514575 by Kitzmiller
I'm looking at this Opteka 650-1300mm High Definition Telephoto Zoom Lens.  They are selling for $269.  The price seems almost too good.  

opteka.com/6501300.aspx

I want something for photographing the moon.  


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2 years 9 months ago - 2 years 9 months ago #514582 by effron
You wouldn't be happy with it....
Save a few bucks and get the 300 f/4, a good near wildlife lens and does a decent job with the moon. 

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2 years 9 months ago #514612 by Scott Klubeck
Oh man, save your money.  


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2 years 9 months ago #514666 by Screamin Scott
Optically it isn't bad, but otherwise a pain to use. It utilizes a T mount to adapt to whatever camera you are using, only has one aperture setting (F8 or 16 depending on the focal length set up and similar to mirror lenses), manual focusing (not really a biggie though) & stop down metering. I don't know your age, but I suspect you are not familiar with the old "Spiratone" "Sharpshooter" from the 60's & 70's. Same principles involved here with this lens. I still have an ols 400mm F8 "Sharpshooter" but never use it anymore as I have newer  lenses in that range, some AF others MF (but with auto indexing)

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2 years 9 months ago #514697 by No Show
Your better off spending your money elsewhere.  These have horrible image quality IMO.

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2 years 9 months ago #514808 by Andrew AG

Screamin Scott wrote: Optically it isn't bad, but otherwise a pain to use. It utilizes a T mount to adapt to whatever camera you are using, only has one aperture setting (F8 or 16 depending on the focal length set up and similar to mirror lenses), manual focusing (not really a biggie though) & stop down metering. I don't know your age, but I suspect you are not familiar with the old "Spiratone" "Sharpshooter" from the 60's & 70's. Same principles involved here with this lens. I still have an ols 400mm F8 "Sharpshooter" but never use it anymore as I have newer  lenses in that range, some AF others MF (but with auto indexing)



:agree:  that's one way of putting it 


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2 years 9 months ago #515033 by albinpix
While I have not tried out this model or brand, Amazon has mixed reviews at best. Frankly, I wouldn't expect much from it based on the price and the user feedback .


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2 years 9 months ago #515059 by Vahrenkamp
Not a good investment if you ask me


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2 years 9 months ago #515208 by Danny Carson
$269 for a 1300mm lens?  

What doesn't sound too good to be true about this? 

:rofl:


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