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500mm Reflector/Mirror Lens for EOS

 
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Mar 18, 2007 19:01 |  #1

My Brother gave me this this afternoon:

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My question is, what mount is it and what adapter would I need to get to hook this upto my EOS 400D. I know its not the best solution for focal length but its free so I may as well use it.

Also general oppinions of these would be nice as well. Thanks in Advance.

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Mar 18, 2007 19:38 |  #2

Don't mirror lenses give you strange background blur, like little doughnuts or something? :D
That's about all I know on them unfortunately, but good luck finding an adapter. :D


  
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Mar 18, 2007 19:45 |  #3

dont you have tha adapter right there in the picture? not the greatest lenses around but hey, you didnt pay anything for it.


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Mar 18, 2007 19:51 |  #4

Thats the adapter ring for a minolter, but I am not sure what I need to ask for to get one for my EOS :confused:


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Mar 18, 2007 20:11 |  #5

It appears you need the M42-to-EOS (external link) adapter.


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Mar 18, 2007 20:24 |  #6

AirBrontosaurus wrote in post #2892653 (external link)
It appears you need the M42-to-EOS (external link) adapter.

Excellent, Many thanks buddy. Was unsure what fitting it was on the lens but I guess you have answered it. Again Thanks Buddy :cool:

Just a quicky while I am here, Do I need to worry about the adpter plates shorting out the contacts in the camera that normally connect to the EOS lens as obviously I dont want to do this.


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Mar 18, 2007 20:37 |  #7

It's never been a problem with the M42-to-EOS I have. I don't think it actually engages the pins. I believe it "hovers" above them.


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Mar 18, 2007 21:41 |  #8

That lens looks identical to the version I have which is NOT M42 mount but a T-MOUNT lens. I'm betting you'll actually need an inexpensive EOS T-mount adapter instead.

The lens itself is - sorry! - not very useful. At least on a digital camera. Very, very soft and the lens is highly susceptible to ghosting which will typically manifest as a severe loss of contrast and color as if you were shooting in a dense fog bank. A large lens hood helps a little with the ghosting.


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Mar 19, 2007 02:17 as a reply to  @ JackProton's post |  #9

My (old) Canon 500mm F/8 with FD mounting from 1985 works just fine on the Rebel. OK so you have some post processing "cleaning up" to do. Big deal! Isn't that the whole point of having photography as a hobby or am I wrong? The woodpecker would come out just fine if you had given it more care and attention. Here is a picture of the wife, both handhold. It turns out to be a fine portrait lens ;) .
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Mar 19, 2007 02:35 as a reply to  @ Lenty007's post |  #10

While I'm at it here's an other one. this time "streetphotography". The nails were badly in need of "special" attention so I gave it a little touch. Have fun.
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Mar 19, 2007 02:48 |  #11

Lenty007 wrote in post #2893970 (external link)
While I'm at it here's an other one. this time "streetphotography". The nails were badly in need of "special" attention so I gave it a little touch. Have fun.
Alain

Looks not bad.
This is totally off topic, but street photography with 500? That just seems wrong. I do a crapload of street photography with my buddy (my gallery is goign through a work in progress, a lot more photos going to be uploaded later), we found 200mm and 150mm or so to be perfect.
his gallery mostly with 200 f2.
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Mar 19, 2007 10:21 |  #12

his work is fantastic some stunning shot's.
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Mar 19, 2007 14:51 |  #13

Lenty007 wrote in post #2893944 (external link)
My (old) Canon 500mm F/8 with FD mounting from 1985 works just fine on the Rebel. OK so you have some post processing "cleaning up" to do. Big deal! Isn't that the whole point of having photography as a hobby or am I wrong? The woodpecker would come out just fine if you had given it more care and attention.

(A) Neither the poster nor I have Canon mirror lenses. We both have plastic Korean imports. I know there are some good mirror lenses out there. This just doesn't happen to be one of them.

(B) I did no processing whatsoever except to resize my images because I was more interested in showing what the lens could or could not do rather than showing off my amazing skills with Photoshop. The lack of contrast in the second image, for example, was not the result of an overexposure but due to internal reflections in the lens - ghosting - which won't be easily fixed. In fact, the ghosting problem would have been much worse if I hadn't been using a honking huge lens hood at the time.

(C) I can get much better results using a cheap 70-300mm lens with a teleconverter or heavy cropping.


But thanks for showing off your images. Your photos are very nice.




  
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Mar 19, 2007 15:37 |  #14

JackProton wrote in post #2893076 (external link)
That lens looks identical to the version I have which is NOT M42 mount but a T-MOUNT lens. I'm betting you'll actually need an inexpensive EOS T-mount adapter instead.

I agree that looks like a T2 mount. It's also a 42mm thread, but with a finer thread pitch than the M42 mount. As JackProton says, a cheap EOS-T2 mount is all you need. He's also right that cheap mirror lenses such as this are pretty poor, but in the right conditions (longer range, good visibility, not into the light) you can still get some worthwhile images. Have a play with it - it hasn't cost you anything (except a little if you get the adaptor)!


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