Vivitar 500mm f/8 Mirror

Vivitar 500mm f/8 Mirror

Lens Summary

Brand: Vivitar

Also Known As: Vivitar 500mm f/8 Mirror

Lens Type: Prime Lens

Format: Full Frame / FX

Focus: Manual Focus

Lens Mount: T-Mount

Release Date: N/A

MSRP Price: $95

Made in: China

Production Status: In Production

Lens Description: Thanks to its advanced reflex design and aluminum alloy construction, the 500mm f/8 Mirror Lens by Vivitar is an extremely compact and lightweight ultra telephoto lens. Super Spectra coatings allow for even light transmission and virtually eliminate flaring and ghosting. This manual focus, circular aperture lens will produce sharp focus on its subjects and wonderful background bokeh. A T-mount lens, it is compatible with any film or digital SLR camera via a T-mount adapter, which can be purchased separately. A 30.5mm rear lens filter comes included with this lens.

Vivitar 500mm f/8 Mirror Specifications

Lens Specifications
Lens TypePrime Lens
Focal Length500mm
Mount TypeT-Mount
FormatFull Frame / FX
Compatible Format(s)35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Compatible with TeleconvertersYes
Maximum Reproduction Ratio2.7x
Image StabilizationNo
Aperture Information
Aperture RingNo
Maximim Aperturef/8
Minimum Aperturef/8
Maximum Angle of View (Full frame or larger format)
Optical Information
Lens Elements7
Lens Groups6
Focus Information
FocusManual Focus
Built-in Focus MotorNo
Minimum Focus Distance1.73m
Filter Information
Filter Size30.5mm
Accepts Filter TypeScrew-on
Physical Characteristics
Weather / Dust SealingNo
Mount MaterialPlastic
Dimensions76 x 86.3mm
Other Information
Available in ColorsBlack

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Bruce Taylor

There is a mistake on the specifications, it says this lens is not compatible with teleconverters. I have the lens and it will accept any T2 mount teleconverter. I have a 2X Opteka that I tested with this lens and it works no problem. This will of course, make it extremely susceptible to any camera shake and a tripod is an absolute necessity. A tripod is pretty much required with this lens anyway, although bright daylight handheld shots are possible with the right camera settings.
My particular lens is a Vivitar series one 500mm f/8 with no red stripe. The serial number indicates (61) Samyang factory, made in Korea with a 9 as the third digit, this would make it a either a 1989 or 2009 year of manufacture.

Charles B Sigler

The T / T2 mounts are available off Ebay at a reasonable price . I have 2 one Canon and one Nikon. They only about $10. each.
Here is a link to one.…SweIVbovby


I little bit difficult to find T-mount adapter for the mirror lens vivitar 500mm, could you show the image of adapter for canon T4i?