Supertele for under $400?

Started Jun 13, 2008 | Discussions thread
Lemming51 Forum Pro • Posts: 14,647
Re: Rubinar 500/5.6 - one more question

jpr2 wrote:

one more question - perhaps you might never even considering this,
but then who knows - have you ever succeeded in using this huge
500/5.6 cat in a hand held situation?

I suppose it could be done, but I just haven't spent time trying. The lens is light enough, but I just cannot hand hold 500mm ("800mm equivalent") without IS or a tripod to steady it. Turning up the ISO to get 1/1000 - 1/2000 shutter speed might freeze the image w/o shake, but because my target is moving around the viewfinder (500mm greatly magnifies any unsteadyness) it'd be a crapshoot in catching the composition I wanted. Added to that (as I said in an earlier post) is the difficulty due to the focus changing a lot with a small turn of the ring and the very narrow DOF.

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