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New Gear: DigitalMate 500mm/1000mm f/8 Manual Telephoto Lens

28 Dec 2016, 05:48 UTC
New Gear: DigitalMate 500mm/1000mm f/8 Manual Telephoto Lens
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DigitalMate 500mm telephoto lens for Canon, 2x converter (1000mm), f/8 manual telephoto lensI got this DigitalMate 500mm (1000mm with 2x converter) f/8 manual telephoto lens for Christmas and I'm keen to try out the impressive 1000mm reach on some night sky objects. With an aperture range of f/8 to f/32, this is going to be extremely useful for lunar, planetary, and solar observing. It could be useful for double and triple stars as well, but maybe not so great for faint deep sky objects. I can't wait to try it out at night to see how it compares to my Meade 285 refractor, not just in focal length but also the quality of the glass to hopefully cut down on chromatic aberration.Be careful with your terminology, it would be a photography faux pas to call this a 'zoom' lens because the focal length is fixed. It's either 500mm or 1000mm with the converter, but nothing in between.Here is a closer look and some 'unboxing' type photos showing off my new toy, including some close ups of the important features, and down below are my first test shots.The lens is so long that it comes with a bracket to mount the ...

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