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Bower Long Range Lens

dawnmichelle 10 12 United States
11 Jan 2010 11:05PM
Bower Long Range 650-1300mm Zoom Lens for Canon EOS

Has anyone used this lens before and if so would you recommend it?
It says it will work on all EOS camera's and the one I use is Canon Rebel XTi 400D... So this should work on the camera but don't want to pay for something that isn't worth the cost.

I am looking for something long range for wildlife etc and wasn't sure if this was worth the money.. can't find reviews on it .. so that raises a flag lol


PS thanks Pete xx

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LensYews 9 1.3k 1 United Kingdom
11 Jan 2010 11:14PM
Found a Youtube video of a Nikon version. It appears to be an f8-f16, so wouldn't autofocus on the 400d (assuming it is an autofocus lens of course)
cameracat 14 8.6k 61 Norfolk Island
11 Jan 2010 11:23PM
Personally I would avoid this lens, First up it has a maximum aperture of f/8, So your goint to need very good light ( probably good sunlight at least ) or you will have little or no shutter speed.

For wildlife you will need fairly fast shutter speeds, Especially small birds etc, Being stuck with a max of f/8 will seriously compromise your shooting, Or you will have to resort to very high ISO speeds, But here you will be compromising image quality.

If I where you, I'd save my money, Then have a look at the Canon 100 - 400mm L lens, Or the Sigma 120 - 400, or Sigma 150 - 500mm, All of which will give you better optical performance, Plus you will have the advantage of AF, And/or image stabilising.

Bottom line, Run away run away.....Smile

Quote:(assuming it is an autofocus lens of course

Its not, It mounts via a T42 adapter, No electical connections what so ever.
big fella 14 485 England
11 Jan 2010 11:28PM
I wouldn't touch it with a barge pole! The quality of build will be poor, along with the results. In the video it does look awfully lightweight, so I doubt that it has many groups of elements! And it's manual focus too. Yuk! Sorry, but I wouldn't part with my hard earned $/ on it!

LensYews 9 1.3k 1 United Kingdom
11 Jan 2010 11:31PM
It was the way it appeared to bend in that video that made me wince.

I'd second Cameracat's advice both on the suggested lenses, and avoiding this one.
LensYews 9 1.3k 1 United Kingdom
11 Jan 2010 11:59PM
Looking at the price of this lens at around $349 and if budget is an issue, perhaps go for something like a 70-300mm. With a bit of field craft, you should still be able to get close enough for a lot of wildlife.
dawnmichelle 10 12 United States
12 Jan 2010 12:40AM
Thanks for the help... will look for something else ..And run away from this idea like I never had it Wink

Appreciate the comments so much !!
12 Jan 2010 9:32AM
Sounds like the Opteka 500mmF8 lens. I was soundly abused and scoffed at for buying one ( cost about 85) Good fun on a sunny day, but that's all. You won't get high quality images from it.

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