Question about reflex telephoto lenses

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  1. EW1066

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    I have been doing some looking for a reflex lense but the only ones I can find are used. Is there any lense maker still making them?

    When I put down my camera, in the early 90's, they were the latest thing and every one I knew was getting one. Now.....nothing! :(

    What happened to them? Is there some inherent problem or flaw that makes them unattractive to photographers now?

    Thanks

    Vince
     
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    I suspect you mean mirror lens?

    They are less expensive, aren't as sharp, aren't as fast, usually have a fixed aperture like f/8, don't have wonderful contrast.

    They are smaller, cost less and will get you a close-up for much less than a standard lens.


    http://photo.net/learn/optics/mirrors/index.html
     
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    Garbz No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    If they were any good, there would be easier to find.

    If you are looking for compact telephoto lenses...have a look at something like Canon's Canon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM AF.
     
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    Thats what I needed to know.

    Thanks for taking the time to respond.

    Vince
     

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