Discussion in 'Classic Manual Cameras' started by Gary Nakayama - SF Bay Area, California, Dec 4, 2017.
Sounds like I may need to look for a tele converter now.
If you get one, get a 7-element one. The Vivitar 7-element macro-focusing TCs are good. As are the dedicated Tamrons (but they can only be used on Tamron lenses). The Nikon and Canon 2x TCs are also very good. I also own a Komura 7-element TC that does a good job. Those are the only ones I have any experience with.
The bokeh on those mirrors is truly ghastly: but this is well established. Any one tried the Leica 500mm (Minolta refurb/remodel)?
Here is one of my better shots.
Nikon 500mm f/8 mirror, D7200, ISO=1000, 1/640 sec
I was shooting across 5 tennis courts to court #6, which is why I needed the reach of the 500. High school tennis courts are not setup for spectators, and only the players were allowed onto the court surface (inside the wind screen), so I had to shoot from the football bleachers.
The problem was the manual focus, specifically manual focus tracking of a fast moving subject, with a lens with a very shallow DoF. If she moved 3 feet to her left or right (closer or farther from me) she was out of focus. I think my focus hit rate was about 20%. But that focus ring was oh so smooooooth and light. A great reminder of how good the focusing was on some of the old manual lenses.
I had to shoot with the 500 on a gimbal, to give me the freedom of movement to track the player, and be steady at the same time.
I would have loved the Nikon 200-500 AF-S zoom, but that lens is about 8x the cost of the 500 mirror. And I don't shoot this stuff enough, to make the $$$$ investment worth it. Because it is only needed for the ONE player in that far court.
Anyone remember the Minolta 500mm F:8 Cat in autofocus? The focus sensor on the 9xi made for fast and accurate autofocus.
A. T. Burke
Anyone looking for an 800mm Vivitar Series-1 Solid Cat
BIN for $295
Vivitar Series 1 VMC NIKON Mount 800mm f/11 Solid Catadioptric Telephoto Lens | eBay
I would get it, but I already have one.
Now that I have been infected by JDMvW's mirror virus, it is getting itchy again . . .
Which Sigma lens is supposed to be the better mirror, the gray or black one?
How is the Spiratone mirror? And who made it for them?
Who else made decent mirror lenses?
Just as an index to the other two mirror lens threads, so you don't have to go searching for them like I did.
Vivitar Series-1 600mm f/8 solid catadioptric
Vivitar Series 1 600mm f8 solid catadioptric telephoto lens
Sigma 600mm f/8 mirror
Sigma Mirror Telephoto 600mm f/8
I found a few more mirror lens links for those of us who have become addicted
The Most Ultimate Mirror Lens Shootout …. in the World
The Mirror lens source
Mirror…Mirror…A guide to choosing and using mirror lenses Part 1
Mirror Reflex Lens | Flickr
Reminds me of the Midway USA commercial with Larry Potterfield
"How may mirror lenses does one man need?"
The answer, N+1
Direct link to JDM's review of the Celestron 1250 f/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain reflex lens
CELESTRON 1250mm f/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain reflex lens
Question for those who own a Tamron 500mm f/8 55BB. This is the one without the tripod mount.
How front heavy is the camera + lens when the camera is mounted on the tripod?
I use my 500 on a tripod for stability, but would prefer if the setup isn't so front heavy that it becomes difficult to use on a tripod.
I was thinking of the older 55B which has a tripod mount, but read that Tamron improved the optics for the 55BB.
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