Do you own a good mirror lens?

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    Do you own a good mirror lens?

    i had one a while ago. pawned it and never went back to pay-up and collect.
    don't remember the make. 500mm MF. i was ok with the doughnut bokeh, just could rarely if ever get a sharp picture using it. interested if anyone uses one and could recommend it.
     
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    I don't really think there is such a thing as a good mirror lens.
     
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    Oh, but there is such a thing as a good mirror lens.

    Nikon made a very nice one.

    I haven't seen one in years though.

    The one's around today are just a novelty piece.
     
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    yes. i recall some nice shots from Nikons. maybe i can find the ID of a specific lens with example pictures sometime.
     
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    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    Well be careful with posting images that aren't yours as most photography forums don't allow that:

    The Photo Forum - Photography Discussion Forum - FAQ

    Oh, looks like you have a sticky Shift key.
     
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    There have been some pretty good mirror lenses over the years. The new Sony 500mm autofocus model is one of the current best. The various models of the 500mm f/8 Reflex~NIKKOR by Nikon have been quite good. Vivitar's 450mm Series 1 solid catadioptric was a superb mirror lens. I'm currently in possession of another superb mirror lens, the 600mm f/8 Vivitar Series 1 solid catadioptric--made of three pounds of solid optical glass. The "solid cats" used a different construction method than other, more conventional mirror lens designs.

    The multitudes of low-cost $125-$169 500mm f/8 catadioptric lenses have done the lens type a terrible disservice; it is possible to design a very good catadioptric lens. Here is how incredibly compact the "solid" catadioptric can be built--even shorter than the typical 500mm f/8, this is the Vivitar Series 1 600mm f/8 solid cat, made by the famous US space program supplier Perkin-Elmer.
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    I've got a Olympus one up stairs, in my old lens box. Ain't used it in ages!
     
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    no problem here with the shift key and never any intention to post the pictures i'm looking for here, on TPF.
     
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    thanks Derrel. nicely put about the lower price models, it has created this negative perception of catadioptric lenses. the Vivitar commissioned Series 1's have a good reputation i think. for my own purposes, these lenses felt nice to use birding (with a collapsed-down monopod, stood inside a messengerbag, hung from my neck) but i've noticed a lot of discussion on the web, from astronomy enthusiasts. this is a style of telescope design also?
     
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    what was your experience when you previously used it?
     
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    It was ok, but I'd prefer a decent telephoto any time.
     
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    yes, i think i would too. the lens i had was very cheap but i think i was also at a disadvantage in that i didn't change my focussing screen to something like a split-screen. unfamiliarity with Canon systems. i used several on my Nikon F3 - removable prism..very straightforward to switchout.
     

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