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Old 25-06-2011, 22:16   #1 (permalink)
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Im tempted to buy a 500mm mirror lens for my 500D. Does anyone have any experience of these? Any advice? Will this turn into a 750mm lens on my 500D? Are they hard to hand hold, and do they need searing bright light that burns your retina??
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Old 25-06-2011, 22:22   #2 (permalink)
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Mirror lenses have a fixed aperture - usually about f8, so this can bring some issues. I'm thinking about AF and exposure in less than ideal conditions. They were popular back in the day, but seem to be a niche market now, and I'm not sure if they are still made.

They are cheap enough, but this might also be an indicator of quality. If you can get one cheap it might be worth a punt, but the results might disappoint.
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I tried a 300 a 500 and a 800 on my film cameras a long time ago, they were all dissapointing, even on a tripod, but they were fun to use and you really can get some very artisic results, with out of focus doughnut shaped patterns in your pictures, the best results I had was with the 300......
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You would be better off with a sigma 170-500 i owned one and was very impressed .

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You would be better off with a sigma 170-500 i owned one and was very impressed .

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Im sure I would, but there is the not inconsiderable difference in price to consider. I can get a 500mm mirror lens for 75 I would think the Sigma is significantly more than that. I already have a Canon 75 - 300USM, so really only need to cover the more than 300mm aspect.
If only money was no object eh?
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I bought a second-hand Mirror lens last year for bird photography and visiting my local zoo. The lens looked well made and was comfortable to use without tripod/monopod and had no problems with my Nikon D200 getting a good shutter speed for the preset f8 aperture when conditions were ideal, different story when the weather was a little dull. I used the lens during 2 visits to the zoo taking over 200 photos, I kept about 10, the images were soft, flat and to be honest terrible even when using the tripod. I sold it after 3 weeks on e-bay and lucky enough to get the price I paid for it. Now when I go to the zoo I use my 18-200mm lens (my only lens) and take and use the tripod. I then crop the image which gives much better results then the mirror lens ever did.
Just looked on the internet auction site and they have 180 for sale 70 of which are used, that might tell you something.
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Hmmm guess then my idea should remain just that.....an idea! I wont be buying a mirror lens then.
Any suggestions how to get closer to the action without breaking the bank? Im talking picures of birds/ducks/wildlife etc which are often in the middle of a lake, so lots of patience and a hide wont do! I would love to spend 3k on a lens, but I suspect 'er indoors' wouldnt....
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I know what you mean I have borrowed a Sigma 150-500mm lens a few times from a friend of mine and it's a fantastic lens, but it's more than I can afford the wife tells me....she did let me buy her the Tamron 18-275mm however when C##rys had it on offer for 260 last month. I've tried it against my Nikon 18-200mm. My Nikon has a better build quality and handles better but...I have taken the same picture with each lens on my camera then printed them to A3, one would have a job to tell the difference between the 260 Tamron and the 500 Nikon lens. (and size does matter, the Tamron's extra 75mm makes a big difference)
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