Lens for Digital Single Lens
500mm F8 Reﬂex
©2006 Sony Corporation Printed in Japan
500mm F8 Reﬂex is a lightweight, compact super telephoto lens which
adopts a reﬂex optical system.
This lens is designed for Sony
To reduce ﬁre or shock hazard, do not expose the unit to rain or moisture.
Do not directly look at the sun through this lens.
Doing so might harm your eyes or cause loss of eyesight.
Keep the lens out of reach of small children.
There is danger of accident or injury.
Disposal of Old Electrical & Electronic Equipment
(Applicable in the European Union and other
European countries with separate collection
This symbol on the product or on its packaging indicates that
this product shall not be treated as household waste. Instead it
shall be handed over to the applicable collection point for the
recycling of electrical and electronic equipment. By ensuring this product is
disposed of correctly, you will help prevent potential negative consequences
for the environment and human health, which could otherwise be caused
by inappropriate waste handling of this product. The recycling of materials
will help to conserve natural resources. For more detailed information
about recycling of this product, please contact your local Civic Ofﬁce, your
household waste disposal service or the shop where you purchased the
For the customers in the U.S.A.
THIS DEVICE COMPLIES WITH PART 15 OF THE FCC RULES.
OPERATION IS SUBJECT TO THE FOLLOWING TWO CONDITIONS:
(1) THIS DEVICE MAY NOT CAUSE HARMFUL INTERFERENCE,
AND (2) THIS DEVICE MUST ACCEPT ANY INTERFERENCE
RECEIVED, INCLUDING INTERFERENCE THAT MAY CAUSE
You are cautioned that any changes or modiﬁcations not expressly approved
in this manual could void your authority to operate this equipment.
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a
Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits
are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference
in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate
radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the
instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications.
However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular
installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or
television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off
and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or
more of the following measures:
– Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
– Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
– Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the
receiver is connected.
– Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
For the customers in Canada
This Class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003.
Notes on use
• Do not leave the lens in direct sunlight. If sunlight is focused onto a nearby
object, it may cause a ﬁre. If circumstances necessitate leaving the lens in direct
sunlight, be sure to attach the lens cap.
• Be careful not to subject the lens to mechanical shock while attaching it.
• Always place the lens caps on the lens when storing.
• Do not keep the lens in a very humid place for a long period of time to prevent
• Do not hold the camera by the lens part extended for focusing, etc.
• Do not touch the lens contacts. If dirt, etc., gets on the lens contacts, it may
interfere or prevent the sending and receiving of signals between the lens and the
camera, resulting in operational malfunction.
Names of parts
1···Focusing ring 2···Distance scale
3···Distance index 4···Lens contacts
5···Plug-in ﬁlter 6···Lens mounting index
7···Plug-in ﬁlter lock 8···Focus-hold button
Attaching/detaching the lens
To attach the lens
Remove the front and rear lens caps and the camera body cap.
Align the orange index on the lens barrel with the orange index on the
camera (mounting index), then insert the lens into the camera mount and
rotate it clockwise until it locks.
• Do not press the lens release button on the camera when mounting the lens.
• Do not mount the lens at an angle.
To remove the lens
While pressing and holding the lens release button on the camera, rotate the
lens counterclockwise until it stops, then detach the lens.
To attach the front lens cap
Always attach the front lens cap with the lens hood attached.
AF (auto focus)
When using AF, the camera focuses the lens automatically.
When using cameras with a wide focus frame, use a central local focus frame or a spot focus frame. Other local focus frames cannot be used.
• When the focusing ring is rotating, do not interfere with it.
MF (manual focus)
When focusing manually, set your camera to MF and rotate the focusing ring while looking through the viewﬁnder until the
subject appears clearly. The focus signal in the viewﬁnder indicates the current condition of the focus.
• The focusing ring can be rotated slightly past the inﬁnity to provide accurate focusing under various operating temperatures. Do not
rotate the focusing ring all the way to the end when focusing manually, even at inﬁnity. Look through the viewﬁnder and set the focus
To use a focus-hold button
Press the focus-hold button in AF to cancel AF. The focus is ﬁxed and you can release the shutter on the ﬁxed focus. Release
the focus-hold button while pressing the shutter button halfway to start AF again.
• The function of the focus-hold button can be changed on cameras with custom function capability. Refer to the camera manuals for
Selecting shooting modes
The aperture of the lens is ﬁxed at f/8. Use the P, A or M mode (When using A or M mode, you can only set the aperture to f/8).
• When using S mode, the exposure may not be correct, depending on the set shutter speed.
If your lens is brought directly from a cold place to a warm place,
condensation may appear on the lens. To avoid this, place the lens in a plastic
bag or something similar. When the air temperature inside the bag reaches
the surrounding temperature, take the lens out.
Cleaning the lens
• Do not touch the surface of the lens directly.
• If the lens gets dirty, brush off dust with a lens blower and wipe with a soft,
clean cloth (Cleaning Cloth KK-CA (optional) is recommended).
• Do not use any organic solvent, such as thinner or benzine, to clean the lens or
the camera cone.