Tamron 500mm f/8 SP macro (Adaptall-to-Nikon) Review / Test Report - Sample Images & Verdict
Lens Reviews - Nikon / Nikkor (APS-C)

Sample Shots

Ok, finally here're some quick'n dirty sample shots taken with the Nikon D200 (converted RAWs via RawShooter Premium 2006). These images were taken from a monopod which was probably not sturdy enough to get the maximum potential the lens can give you.

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Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D200
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 180.0mm
Exposure Data: f/8.0 @ 1/1500s
Size 3898x2613
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D200
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 180.0mm
Exposure Data: f/8.0 @ 1/640s
Size 3264x2328
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D200
ISO Speed 640
Focal Length 180.0mm
Exposure Data: f/8.0 @ 1/1000s
Size 3898x2613
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D200
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 180.0mm
Exposure Data: f/8.0 @ 1/500s
Size 3898x2613

Verdict

When used with care the Tamron 500mm f/8 SP mirror lens can be able to produce decent results but don't expect this to be easy - most of my real life sample images were blurred (caused by shake). A (max.) aperture of f/8 is very slow for a 500mm lens (750mm equivalent on APS-C) to start with and effectively this is a f/11 (or to be precise: T/11) lens due to the light loss caused by the secondary mirror. For reasonably sharp results you either need a very sturdy tripod or extremely fast shutter speeds (1/750sec or faster). When used "hand-held" you will need to choose very high ISO settings even in bright light conditions which can't be desirable in terms of image quality and a tripod would destroy the weight advantage of a mirror lens in field conditions. The rather poor bokeh may be a funny effect in the beginning but once the initial coolness is gone it is just odd and often disturbing. Unless you want to have a lens for "emergency" use you should probably better consider conventional tele lenses.

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