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Sony 500 mm  f/ 8  Lens

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Sony 500 mm  f/ 8  lens

Sony 500 mm  f/ 8  lens

Sony 500 mm  f/ 8  lens

Sony 500 mm  f/ 8  lens

Sony 500 mm  f/ 8  lens


Sony 500 mm  f/ 8  MTF Chart

Optical design

Sony 500 mm  f/ 8  optical design

Sony 500 mm  f/ 8  optical design

Format: 35mm SLR

Type: Prime lens

Focusing: Auto Focus (AF)

Lens mounts: Sony A / Minolta A

First year of production: 2006

Optical design: 7 elements in 5 groups

Features: Mirror lens
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Average price: $1040


Focal lengthMax. apertureMin. apertureBladesMin. Focus (m.)Filter Ø (mm.)Weight (gr/oz)Length (mm/in)
500mmf/8.0f/8.0 455665/23,5118/4,6

Additional information:
  • constant aperture setting f/8
  • equivalent focal length 750 mm (for crop cameras)
  • diagonal angle of view 5° (for full-frame cameras)
  • diagonal angle of view 3.10° (for crop cameras)
  • max. magnification 0.13
  • filter diameter 55 mm
  • maximum diameter 89 mm
  • 42 mm non-standard filters (normal and ND4 neutral) supplied
  • circular hood supplied

The Sony 500mm  f/8 Reflex (SAL-500F80) is the first autofocus catadioptric telephoto lens with high magnification ratio. It features a light weight and small dimensions due to the use of catadioptric design.

The lens delivers high resolution with minimum chromatic aberrations. Rather fast autofocus (the first AF to be used in SLR lenses). Focus hold button.

Rear mounted filters. Front filters are possible but undesirable due to loss of quality.

The Sony SAL-500F80 500 mm  f/ 8 Reflex exposure is controlled by the shutter and neutral filters. No depth of field scale. Incompatible with Sony teleconverters.

Bokeh has doughnut-shaped spots, which is characteristic for catadioptric lenses.

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Posted by: a2012   Date of publication: 02.10.2010

Photos taken with this lens Sony 500 mm  f/ 8 :

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Mechanical quality5.001
Optical quality4.001
Pricing / Value5.001
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