White-fronted Bee-eater at Lake Panic, KNP © H Grohmann
I’ve never had a chance at getting this ‘close’ to them so this was a first. The 500mm Mirror (750mm effective) was used as I wanted to rekindle my manual shooting prowess. I deliberately left the 150-500mm at home. The (enlarged) image is a bit noisy but acceptable for a 30 year old lens design (but manufactured 2009)…and a 2006 sensor (D80) that’s quite noisy at 400 ISO never mind the 1000 ISO I have to be at to get an exposure with at least double the focal length in shutter speed to get a sharp(ish) image, and then cropped in by at least 50%. Whew…Breathe!
A number of 18-270, 100-400 and 150-500mm (Nikon) photographers came and quizzed me about the mirror The 400, 500 and 600mm (Canon) prime users ignored us…and they call “us” snobs! LOL.
Read about the Mighty Mirror here.
White-fronted Bee-eater at Lake Panic, KNP, RSA © H Grohmann
Leopard Look © Harvey Grohmann
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Vivitar VIV-500-6.3 500mm f/6.3 Mirror Lens
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Christmas 2009. A new Vivitar 500mm f/6.3 DX Series 1 Mirror Lens.I’ve always been fond of them.
A lightweight(1.4 lb – 651 g) manual focus, multi-coated, catadioptric (reflex), fixed aperture “Super” Telephoto which, despite the “DX” label, can be used on full and small frame DSLR sensors as well as on regular 35mm film SLR’s. On the D90, with it’s DX sensor and 1.5x crop factor, that’s an effective 750mm! Make sure you are a good 15+ meters from your subject unless you want to shoot that Lion’s eyeball. These mirror lenses can be attached to virtually any (D)SLR using common T-Adapters. My first set of images can be found at the end of this post. You deserve to see what some lens manufacturers may not want you to see and thus why reviewers (and others) often unfairly malign these marvellous mirrors…