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Fun with a mirror

Discussion in 'Birds' started by woundedmallard, Sep 26, 2008.

  1. ...a mirror lens, that is! :smile:

    Hey Everybirdy,

    Came upon temporary ownership of a Nikon Reflex-C 500mm f/8 mirror lens and took it for a test drive. Not being particularly adept at manual focus, although I rely heavily on it with digiscoping, I slapped this puppy on my D300 amd nerritt Island NWR made it easy to find a few subjects.
    These are right out of the box images, no pp at all. The bokeh is a little strange, but seems to work best with darker backgrounds. What do you think?

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  2. WOW! Very interesting photos! How does that lens work? I especially like the butterfly photo - the colors just seem to pop out at me! Nice work on all of them!
  3. Thanks Dianne. It's a stubby little lens and pretty light.I believe there's only one magnified element in it, it's a large mirror on the back end reflecting to a reversed smaller mirror need the objective end, which is then reflected through a prism or something onto the sensor. I'm sure it's not the sharpest tool in my shed, but I think there can be a place for this, especially since I don't have a 500mm, or...er...at least... I didn't til now! :biggrin:
  4. Well done Thomas, will be interesting see how you end up using this type of lens.
  5. interesting because I was looking at one of these (they can be had fairly cheap) and figured it might be a fun lens to play with (maybe even astrophotography with a TC)
  6. I've passed on mirror lenses because of the littie rings you get in a dappled light background (in short, bokeh can be very distracting). Used as you did, a mirror lens can obviously be quite an effective tool, and light too! Like the heron and butterfly.
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