Vivitar 650-1300mm f/8

Vivitar 650-1300mm f/8

Lens Summary

Brand: Vivitar

Also Known As: Vivitar 650-1300mm f/8

Lens Type: Zoom Lens

Format: Full Frame / FX

Focus: Manual Focus

Lens Mount: T-Mount

Release Date: N/A

MSRP Price: $240

Made in: China

Production Status: In Production

Lens Description: The 650-1300mm f/8 Telephoto Zoom Lens for T-mount from Vivitar is a lens for both amateurs and professionals who desire an affordable extreme focal length zoom lens for wildlife, celestial or sports photography. The Vivitar 650-1300mm offers an upgraded optical design and eight multi-coated lens elements for sharp, high-contrast images with minimal flaring. A camera-specific T-mount adapter (not included) is required to attach the lens to your camera body but it is compatible with almost any film or digital SLR camera. This manual focusing lens has preset f-stops that correspond with the focal length at which you are shooting. An index for distance and diaphragm scale is inscribed on the lens barrel to coordinate focal length and aperture. The Vivitar 650-1300mm is an affordable lens with which to explore the creativity and challenges of extreme telephoto photography.

Vivitar 650-1300mm f/8 Specifications

Lens Specifications
Lens TypeZoom Lens
Focal Length650-1300mm
Mount TypeT-Mount
FormatFull Frame / FX
Compatible Format(s)T-mount (T-thread)
Compatible with TeleconvertersNo
Zoom Ratio2x
Image StabilizationNo
Aperture Information
Aperture RingNo
Maximim Aperturef/8
Minimum Aperturef/16
Maximum Angle of View (Full frame or larger format)3.8°
Minimum Angle of View (Full frame or larger format)
Optical Information
Lens Elements8
Lens Groups5
Focus Information
FocusManual Focus
Built-in Focus MotorNo
Minimum Focus Distance4.88m
Filter Information
Filter Size95mm
Accepts Filter TypeScrew-on
Physical Characteristics
Weather / Dust SealingNo
Mount MaterialPlastic
Dimensions10.41 x 59.18cm
Other Information
Available in ColorsBlack

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W.R. Wahlquist

This lens is marketed under may rebrand names. I own it and the lessor 450-800 MM, both I feel are good lens for the price presuming one realizes the short fall of lense of this type. It is not a grab and shoot lens, one needs time to setup and focus and due to its size it really requirers a tripod.
That said, is it as sharp and crisp as the big Canon lens? NO! But, $250 verses thousands one would expect less. I find after the learning curve it works very well for the planned shot when one has setup time! This lens is for planed or staged shots and for that it is a really nice lens, once one gets experienced with it! I use mine often and get results I like. Birds at a feeder, set up and focus on the feeder then use an intervolmeter and let the camera just do timed shots, you will get some very good shots of birds after sorting through many, many dud shots, good shots always come with a cost!
The smaller lens, 450-800 MM. Much smaller and more portable with the same short falls as the big one. I have used my Canon 600 MM for shots to compare ( same time, place, object , and distance ) with the smaller 450-800 MM lens set for 600 MM to find no one yet has realized it was done with two different lenses so picture quality isn’t that big an issue. I have no lens to compare the big one with.
Both lenses can be purchased with a X2 converter, I have one for mine. The converter works well buy cuts a lot of light requiring some setting changes, no big deal in day light. The converter also doubles the setup making it tougher as the lens with it became larger. Bother lenses came with covers and nice cases or bags to protect them in storage.
All said and done, I see an abundance of people unhappy with these lense in coments. I fell it is people not grasping what they bought before they bought it. First it is an inexpensive lens. Second, manual everything and people seem to want everything auto focus. Third, any, and stress ANY! long lens is subject to shake and thus is hard to aim and focus until one gets to know the lens and even then it takes time to set up. If one can get past the learning curve I get some truly nice pictures with these lense and have no regrets for buying mine. Each lense has it’s place and has worked well. The big lens for real distance shots, the smaller lens is handier for setup and is quicker to use. The big lens is for planed shots, the smaller is more sized to carry incase one desides he needs it unexpectedly. The big lens is big and heavy, smaller is far lighter and smaller to carry.
I own both, use both and am satisfied with both realizing I have only about $350 in both and get what I find exceptable pictures! I would suggest not doing what I did, buying the big one first! If one buys the smaller it’s cost is about half and it does a fine job for distance shots. It also is easier to setup and lean in my opinion, I feel most people would be very happy with just it. I have both, use both and find each definitly has it’s own place.


Great comments I also own the 650-1300 I LOVE IT, I mounted it on a 400mm rail to tie to the 6D canon. I use a heavy tripod with a 20# sand bags. I have taken 12-mile shots of Brasstown Bold Tower in Ga. and 100’s of full moon shots. I also put a smaller sandbag on the lens .and use a remote shutter . It is the most fun you can have for 200$. I almost forgot I also mounted a laser for quick target finding.