My newest acquisition: Tamron 500mm mirror lens

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  1. gk fotografie

    gk fotografie èn...dat zoeken we op! Supporting Member

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    Visited the oldest camerashop of The Hague NL and saw this compact Tamron 500mm mirror lens in the window. It's in absolute mint condition, no fungus, no scratches, I payed 45 euro ($52) for it.
    The mirror lens has a (Tamron adaptall) Olympus OM mount and fits my OM10 35mm filmcamera, perfectly. But, with the OM-Fuji X adapter I can also use this lens on my XE-1 and because of the 1.5 crop I'll get a 750mm f/8 lens.

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    Because I've never been a big fan of (super) telephoto lenses, this mirror lens is a complete, new adventure for me. Who has never heard of mirror lenses, look at this YouTube video:
    https://youtu.be/GS2F--dJFWw


     
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    I had an inexpensive mirror lens years ago. I think it was a Promaster. It was like $100 or $129 back around 1991 or so. I used it maybe 3-4 times and gave up on it. Really a poor example of a lens. Ended up trading it for some darkroom gear.
     
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    I've had the Nikon mirror lenses in the past. They're nice and light, though you have to work on steadiness.

    Of course, my telescopes are mirror lenses too.
     
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    I had a Nikkor 500 cat lens. Didn't use it much. F8 is pretty limiting, requiring a tripod for nearly everything. Images made with them are easy to spot because the out of focus highlights are in the shape of donuts.
     
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    The Tamron mirror lenses actually had a great quality and a very high price.
    I sold a bunch of those lenses as a shopmanager, late 1970's
    It'll be a lot of fun.
     
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    the preferred lens of police departments around the world !!
    LOL


    clarification .... police like donuts .. thus a lens that makes donut OOF balls is preferred by them. LOL
     
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    IMG_1785.JPG I did this Japanese-inspired, watercolor-look photo within the first 20 minutes with the 500mm mirror lens. From my open car window, car running, by a roadside wetland area near Ranier,Oregon. This is probably a 75 percent crop from a D610 frame. It is not obvious that a mirror lens was used.
     
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    I was recently gifted the tamron 500. Found an m42 mount on eBay and tried it out with a mamiya 1000 and expired Polaroid color negative film. The results were interesting. The macro feature is fun too. I'd post them but truthfully I don't know how. Did yours come with the back filters?
     
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    In the past I wanted to try a Nikon 500 mirror. There has been some faster 500's in f/5.6. Thought of those a couple times. But that old Promaster keeps popping up in my mind.

    I would not turn down a Nikon 1000 or 2000mm mirror though. :allteeth:
     
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    A long time ago I read somewhere that the Nikon reflex components were made by Meade.
     
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    No back filters, but it's not a problem, because possibilities enough over here to get 30,5mm filters or make them myself. Maybe second hand filters or cut Cokin/Stealth-Gear filters to size (Tiffen has very cheap - almost €4.00 - 30,5mm UV-filters, remove the glass and mount new filters)
    I'm certainly not going to buy expensive, like B&W, ones!
     
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    Back in my film days, I had a Celestron 300/5.6 and a Tokina 500/8 mirrors. They were bears in terms of getting good focus. But when you nailed it, the results were fairly good. I currently have a Siggy 600/8 mirror but don't use it any more since I got the Nikkor 200-500 with a 1.4 TC.
     
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