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Sony SAL500F80.AE

Sony SAL500F80.AE
alaAverage 4.6

22 reviews

Apr, 2014

  • No negative mentions yet

alaTest has collected and analyzed 22 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the size. The value for money is also appreciated.

design, value for money, size

On average, users rate this product 91/100.

Review analysis

(Based on 22 reviews)

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Consumer review by:

best lens from Sony


I have used this lens for about a month .I am still testing it.This is a very unique lens .The best image is at full open aperture . The image quality starts to drop at f8.The image still looks great even with a 2X converter lens at full open aperture...

An Unique lens

love the lens

Consumer review by:

Tradeoffs That Win


"As we all know, there are some areas where a mirror lens can be lacluster, but there are equal areas where they can be brilliant. Sony has updated the solid Minolta design with AF, to it would seem, everyone's amazement. I have had excellent results...

Compact for focal length and AF

Same as any mirror lens

Consumer review by:

good super tele lens for the price


"the lens can produce sharp images if you know how to use it .I owned this lens over a year and enjoyed it and made some pictures you couldn't believe it was taken by mirror lens .Fair to say it is sharp but not razor sharp however it only cost maybe...

Good for wield life photo

image sharp but not razor sharp, reasonable price , slow focus


Consumer review by:

Amazing Lens


"I have been using this lens for well over a year. On a tip from an expert photographer who writes the manuals for the Alpha's I decided to try it. I take mostly bird shots and wildlife. This lens has worked outstandingly for me. It is almost always on...

Fast, fine focus, no chromatic abborition

The small internal lens can fall out if your not carefull

Consumer review by:

Vignetting King


"This lens can deliver good images but not great images and has a problem with vignetting. Its build quality is good however the design is just ok. Its slow focusing mechanism and blue hue imaging production landed it at the bottom of my list. I have...

Good images

Vignetting, rear filter slot design, blue hue on images,slow AF

Consumer review by:

Sony SAL-500F80 - 500mm f/8 Reflex Super Telephoto


Being a Minolta geek I had a weak spot for this singular autofocus relector objective. Now I had the money and the proper time to go and do serious architecture photography, aswell as general scenery shots of Dutch towns and and still existing...

Sharpness ; Fast focus ; f8 but very bright (mind you much brighter than f8 on refractor!) ; short lenght only about 1/3rd of the focal length ; good grip - feels stirdy ; I like the leather lense hood - had to get used to it, but works fast on and off...

Stopping down is impossible ; in principle front filter is possible, but will degrade performance. Instead rear filters

Consumer review by:

great all round performance


very lightweight, easy to handle and works well with Sony alpha 350 and KonicaMinolta Dynax 5D as long as you have 'steady shot' turned on. I have to use a mono-pod if the shutter speed is slower than about 1/50, but you can adjust the ISO speed very...

light, pin sharp focusing, well built, very little flare

noisy autofocus

Consumer review by:

500mm Sony Lens.


Arrived on the day promised. It is a very good piece of equipment, quick to focus with an excellent viewfinder image/brightness. Very pleased so far.

Consumer review by:

Sony SAL-500F80 - 500mm f/8 Reflex Super Telephoto - (35mm Primes)


Consumer review by:

Sony SAL-500F80 - 500mm f/8 Reflex Super Telephoto


The Sony 500mm reflex lens is a remarkable lens giving one equivalent to 750mm on the Sony 350 camera. Why did I purchase the lens you may ask? My reasoning other than price (£430) and size was, that by comparison the other two zoom lenses I own for my...

Light & Low Cost

Rotating front element


Product Specifications


Autofocus: Yes
Image Stabiliser: No

General Features

3D: No
Bayonet Compatibility:Sony / Konica-Minolta
Usage:Digital Cameras