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Vegetation in the park (with mirror 3M-5CA 500mm)
Posted By: misomosi, 11-16-2014, 09:56 AM

I just came from a shooting in a nearby park. I went with the 500mm f8 3M-5CA mirror lens to shoot birds but it turned out that ... let's say that there weren't many normal birds so I shot a different kind of them

Tell me what you think of the photos, lens, whatever

EDIT: links removed, sorry

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11-16-2014, 10:07 AM   #2
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Beautiful fiery colors... almost a painterly rendering of the OOF areas I'd say, but sharp enough (at least for internet-sized images) where in focus.
The lens doesn't even look excessively bulky, actually... is it heavy?
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No, not heavy at all. 600 gram is easily handholdable. Mind that I use this for birding - so 600 gram for decent bird shots is very good.
The photos above are just an improvisation - I wouldn't use this lens specifically for this kind of shots
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QuoteOriginally posted by misomosi Quote
No, not heavy at all. 600 gram is easily handholdable. Mind that I use this for birding - so 600 gram for decent bird shots is very good.
The photos above are just an improvisation - I wouldn't use this lens specifically for this kind of shots
That's probably part of why they succeed... an unusual lens/subject combination is more likely to give unusual/unexpected, hence probably interesting results...

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Great series ... some really nice mirror circle bokeh there. Bravo & TFS, J
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The circle bokeh is a strong reason for me for using a mirror lens - I simply like it and as LensBeginner said it gives the feel of a painting.


Speaking of bokeh, Meyer Optik Gorlitz Orestor 135 f2.8 (first version) is on its way and I will do some photos in the same park with those "fiery" colored trees in the background to see what it's capable of.

For those who dont know the lens, its a BOKEH MONSTER having 15 blades!!
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That's some interesting bokeh! sorry for my ignorance, but what's a mirror lens?
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Very cool! The leaves(?) in the background of the first image remind me of slides of red blood cells.

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Link to wiki on catadioptric systems (mirror lenses)

In short, lenses built from lenses(glass) and curved mirrors. The advantage is small size, price for long reach. Not necessarily top quality in terms of sharpness but decent.
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QuoteOriginally posted by misomosi Quote
Link to wiki on catadioptric systems (mirror lenses)

In short, lenses built from lenses(glass) and curved mirrors. The advantage is small size, price for long reach. Not necessarily top quality in terms of sharpness but decent.
Thank you. I will look into it, as I like your shots posted here
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That's some interesting bokeh! sorry for my ignorance, but what's a mirror lens?
Here's a Tamron 500/8 (the later version, 55BB) ... so you can get an idea of size. J

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A great series with wonderful vivid colours.
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Thanks. The vivid colors come from some trees that are reddish, pinky or orange in autumn.
The park is a botanical park with trees from all over the world especially from East Asia and Americas.
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QuoteOriginally posted by misomosi Quote
The circle bokeh is a strong reason for me for using a mirror lens - I simply like it and as LensBeginner said it gives the feel of a painting.


Speaking of bokeh, Meyer Optik Gorlitz Orestor 135 f2.8 (first version) is on its way and I will do some photos in the same park with those "fiery" colored trees in the background to see what it's capable of.

For those who dont know the lens, its a BOKEH MONSTER having 15 blades!!
The 15 blades giving you the exact opposite of the "donut" bokeh of course: smooth and creamy, the Meyer is great. I think your love of the donut bokeh will fade with experience (and in fact it is not visible in several of your above shots). I recently got a Russian mirror 500/8. It is very sharp for a mirror, but I am only interested in those shots where the horrible (I think) donut bokeh is not a factor (just depends on distance to background, the mirror can create nice bokeh at the right distances).
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QuoteOriginally posted by misomosi Quote
The circle bokeh is a strong reason for me for using a mirror lens - I simply like it and as LensBeginner said it gives the feel of a painting.


Speaking of bokeh, Meyer Optik Gorlitz Orestor 135 f2.8 (first version) is on its way and I will do some photos in the same park with those "fiery" colored trees in the background to see what it's capable of.

For those who dont know the lens, its a BOKEH MONSTER having 15 blades!!
Like this ... Pentacon 200/4


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