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SMC Reflex 1000/11 mirror lens
Posted By: kayakfari, 08-30-2018, 07:06 AM

Just saw this one starting at $400 which is quite a deal:
PENTAX SMC Reflex 1000mm f/11 Mirror Lens W/Case MADE IN JAPAN | eBay

No affiliation other than owning one myself. It's a specialized lens, very sharp once you nail the focus. Excellent Pentax built quality and very portable for the reach!

Great lens for solar and lunar imaging, see my story on last year's eclipse:

ART of Eclipses and other Cosmic alignments! | kayakfari ( kayak .. far .. i )

Hope someone gets a deal!
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08-30-2018, 07:16 AM   #2
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Wow, that is not too common. i just wish I had some money to spend.
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That’s not too outrageous a price, for what it is. I’ve always been a little disappointed with my Pentax 400-600 mirror zoom’s sharpness, but I’m interested to hear that your 1000 is sharp. Mind you, in both cases, a hefty tripod would be essential.
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I had no idea that Pentax made mirror lenses. I've never been impressed by the pictures I've seen from the off brands. Haven't seen any in quite a while.

At least with astro you don't have to worry about the weird bokeh.

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They had a 2000/13.5 mirror lens as well.

I had the 1000mm years ago. Hard to use and not very sharp.
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QuoteOriginally posted by kayakfari Quote
It's a specialized lens, very sharp once you nail the focus.
QuoteOriginally posted by Pål Jensen Quote
I had the 1000mm years ago. Hard to use and not very sharp.
Hummm... there is a difference of opinion here.
The only 1000mm Pentax I have ever used was the black dragon (https://www.pentaxforums.com/lensreviews/Tele-Takumar-Super-Multi-Coated-TAKUMAR-1000mm-F8.html ). It was a beast - I used it on a converted wooden surveyer's tripod if I recall correctly. I don't even recall if it was sharp or not - just the experience of handling that monster. Very different from this mirror lens obviously. (https://www.pentaxforums.com/lensreviews/SMC-Pentax-K-1000mm-F11-Reflex-Lens.html )

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QuoteOriginally posted by UncleVanya Quote
Hummm... there is a difference of opinion here.
The only 1000mm Pentax I have ever used was the black dragon (Tele-Takumar/Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 1000mm F8 Reviews - M42 Screwmount Extreme Telephoto Primes - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database ). It was a beast - I used it on a converted wooden surveyer's tripod if I recall correctly. I don't even recall if it was sharp or not - just the experience of handling that monster. Very different from this mirror lens obviously. (SMC Pentax Reflex 1000mm F11 Reviews - K Prime Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database )
Def hard to use, but my copy shows excellent detail when the focus is nailed, which takes some practice.
It also benefits from good PP to raise contrast, saturation some. With the Q on the back and a 2x TC it's at 11 200mm and I can start picking landing sites ..

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Now to convince myself I don't need this lens...

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Now sold and in my possession.

I just couldn't pass it up for the price. It's in excellent condition and I hope to play with it at the upcoming drag races in Charlotte next month.
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Now sold and in my possession.

I just couldn't pass it up for the price. It's in excellent condition and I hope to play with it at the upcoming drag races in Charlotte next month.
Good for you Tom! That was a sweet deal, glad it is as good as it looked. I permanently attached a long plate via an extra 1/4x20 hole in the mount. So now it just drops right into a clamp on my video head, no twisting.
It's a specialized lens, but once you get the hang of focusing you'll be finding all those details in the distance and up close. Enjoy!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Tom S. Quote
Now sold and in my possession.

I just couldn't pass it up for the price. It's in excellent condition and I hope to play with it at the upcoming drag races in Charlotte next month.
Tom I'm in the area, Mint Hill actually. I'd love to see that lens in person and test it out if we can work out meeting. I have a nice collection that you may find something to try out as well. Ill serve you a private message if you are interested.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Tom S. Quote
Now sold and in my possession.

I just couldn't pass it up for the price. It's in excellent condition and I hope to play with it at the upcoming drag races in Charlotte next month.
Congratulations Tom! Ought to be fun.
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