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11-14-2012, 07:33 AM   #1
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Tokina RMC 500 8.0 mirror

As I told in this thread https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-slr-lens-discussion/204729-box-full-80-lenses.html I rediscovered a Tokina 500 mirror lens in my cupboard.

Last Sunday I managed to make a few pictures with it around the house. Focussing at f8 is not easy, at least not with little light there was left at the time. Even when focussed correctly this lens is not really sharp.
As it focusses down to 1.5 meter (that's 5 feet for the metrically impaired), I was able to get some shots in my terrarium. While not sharp, it is quite nicely impressionistic.

The Bokeh is of course the well known mirror lens ring type!

All shots with the K10d @ 200 or 400ISO



crop at 100%


deliberately oof


in the terrarium:






11-14-2012, 08:01 AM   #2
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Yeah, it's definitely not as sharp as the Tair or the Tamron, but it is leaps and bounds better any of the "generic" (Kalimar/Spiratone/Vivitar etc.) mirror lenses I've used. I currently have the Tair 3M-5CA, and it's a very sharp mirror lens. Definitely a keeper.
11-14-2012, 08:32 AM   #3
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Thanks for your reply! I will get some more shots at longer distances, see how that works out.
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