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PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2008 2:31 am 
Phoenix 650-2600mm telephoto zoom.

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this is thing must have like a really small app. of like f/18 or something.. anyone heard anything about this lens?? it probably has terrible IQ


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2008 3:28 am 
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Hmmm, it's actually 650-1300 with a 2x converter - and for 267 bucks, I wouldn't expect miracles!

The specs say f8-f16 btw...


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A clone of this "lens" was discussed briefly over in the Canon forum a while ago. I replied here.
  1. You can buy what looks to be the identical lens here at Amazon for less.
  2. This lens seems to crop up under various names. My favourite "user review" stated that
    "it will have all the optical qualities of a coke bottle but you don't get the free fizzy drink". :shock:
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2008 1:17 pm 
I might buy this just for the looks haha.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2008 1:32 pm 
I'm guessing that it has no auto-focus. Would be a real joy to focus manually at f/16. 8)


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2008 12:31 am 
If you're a private investigator trying to document cases of infidelity for an divorce lawyer, it's probably a really good offering!!

The people will still be recognizable and you can shoot them from quite a distance.

It may lend itself well to other kinds of surveillance as well.

A cheap "Saturday Night Special" for those who look for cheap utility, I guess.

Cheers :-)


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 22, 2008 10:47 am 
Hi

I bought one a year ago, the quality of the photos is very poor. Everything looks slightly out of focus. Being a manual focus and very heavy you will also find that you need a heavy duty tripod or rest it on a pillow to remove movement, but still unusable for anything except for snaps.

I used it for a couple of weeks before giving it up as a lost cause. I've put mine up for sale in a camera shop for sale and when anyone tries it and sees the results you can't even give it away.

Dave


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Hello Dave, and welcome to the friendly Camera Labs forum!
Sad to hear you had bad luck with your super-tele.
But I've come to a similar conclusion in the case of the 1.5x tle-converter I had just bought: Magnifying the images from the original lens (w/o TC) in post-processing just yielded at least as good results as using the TC :(
So I sent my TC back. See the full story here.

Conclusion: It's better to get a sharper and shorter lens than to rely upon long and cheap glass or a TC.

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