This is a short review of the Bower 500mm f/8 lens (also applies to the Rokinon, Vivitar and Opteka 500mm f/8 lenses). It’s a manual lens with only OK optical quality. But for the price it offers a 500mm focal length that can get you shots that you just couldn’t get otherwise. If you really want a long telephoto lens, but can’t afford $1000+, this lens offers good value at less than $100.
I hope this video helps you decide if one of these lenses could work for you. If you have any questions post them in the comments.
Thanks for watching.
Links to photos taken with this lens:
I can’t say definitively that this is the best you can get from the lens, but it’s the best I could get in each of these scenarios. Only mild tweaking performed in Lightroom.