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03-08-2009, 10:51 AM   #1
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Mirror Lens Revival?

I used to use mirror lenses quite a bit in the late 80's and will actually use my Tamron 500mm 55BB lens for a Fashion shoot. I will use flash as usual and hope that my Multi Blitz infra red sensor on my hotshoe of the camera will work with the extended distance from my flash heads. Should be interesting.

Do you think that Pentax and other manufacturers should revive mirror lenses, but with AF as is the case with the re-labeled Sony 500mm ex-Minolta lens.

I love how it blows out the background, really quirky. I love "circles of confusion" or "CoC" in some of my photographic applications. The term used for the background effect of cat lenses.

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QuoteOriginally posted by benjikan Quote
I love how it blows out the background, really quirky

That's actually the only thing that I dislike about mirror lenses. Other than that, keep'em coming.
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Pentax can make one if they like, 500mm f/5.6 and I'd get one. MF is fine as long as it has metering.

I'm keeping an eye out for a used 300 to 500mm f/5.6 locally. It's a cheaper alternative to getting a tele-zoom as they range from $100 and up depending on condition and f/stop speed. The majority are MF so be aware of that.
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MF is fine as long as it has metering.
Metering is fine with all (non-variable aperture, of course) mirror lenses, since they are shooting wide open all the time - they don't even need an "A" setting - <g>.

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Ben: If you can please post some of your pics made with a mirror lens. It would be nice to see what you can do with it, as mirror lenses dont usually get much respect.
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I nearly bought a Sigma 500 mirror today for 50 at a local camera fair. I could have been a trend setter.

It was a nice lens, and I have a Canon FD 500 mirror that I like a lot, the Sigma is a whole lot smaller, but I haven't got spare cash at the moment otherwise I would have walked away with that lens. :ugh:
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I was actually looking at this one...gets very positive reviews and could be cool to have when the mood hits.

ProOptic 500mm f/6.3 Mirror Lens Review - - PopPhotoMarch 2009

For $159, it's a hell of a deal for such reach.

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QuoteOriginally posted by benjikan Quote
I used to use mirror lenses quite a bit in the late 80's and will actually use my Tamron 500mm 55BB lens for a Fashion shoot. I will use flash as usual and hope that my Multi Blitz infra red sensor on my hotshoe of the camera will work with the extended distance from my flash heads. Should be interesting.

Do you think that Pentax and other manufacturers should revive mirror lenses, but with AF as is the case with the re-labeled Sony 500mm ex-Minolta lens.

I love how it blows out the background, really quirky.

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Auto-focus would be great on the tamron55bb or equivalent. I'd pick one up in a heartbeat

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Hi Benjamin,

I'd go for a reasonably priced (let's say under $800USD) quality AF 500mm mirror. The only things that keeps me from using my Tamron SP 500/8 a lot more are my declining eyesight and MF.

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QuoteOriginally posted by benjikan Quote
Do you think that Pentax and other manufacturers should revive mirror lenses, but with AF as is the case with the re-labeled Sony 500mm ex-Minolta lens.
i would certainly like small and light 300/4.5 AF mirror lens, so yes, i think pentax should revive and modernize mirror lenses.
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Ben: If you can please post some of your pics made with a mirror lens. It would be nice to see what you can do with it, as mirror lenses dont usually get much respect.
Here are some test shots, just of stuff around my place using the Tamron SP 500mm 55BB Lens.

Just remember that the depth of field is minuscule and when you see something that appears not to be sharp, it is not the case. The focus point is very well defined. It is just the limited depth of field shooting in such close quarters.

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I was actually looking at this one...gets very positive reviews and could be cool to have when the mood hits.

ProOptic 500mm f/6.3 Mirror Lens Review - - PopPhotoMarch 2009

For $159, it's a hell of a deal for such reach.

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I owned one for two days and returned it...Not very sharp. Perhaps they have improved it in the last 6 months. I so wanted to keep the lens you are mentioning, but alas :-(

That is why I opted to seek out the Tamron.

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I hope you're wrong mate...I hate doughnuts...and the last thing I want is for them to be showing up in the bokeh of my images!
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I hope you're wrong mate...I hate doughnuts...and the last thing I want is for them to be showing up in the bokeh of my images!
I love "Circles of Confusion" "CoC" the term used. It is a matter of taste. If you don't like that effect, forget about getting a Cat Lens.
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in my family collection we did have a 800mm f/8 solid cat lens for pentax 645, I HATED it.
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