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PostPosted: Tue Jun 25, 2019 3:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Reflex Nikkor 500mm as seen in 2004 on a Nikon D70 CCD. Handheld taken from the shore in full sun with shutter at 1/1500.







PostPosted: Tue Jun 25, 2019 5:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Blazer0ne wrote:






Love it Like 1 .


PostPosted: Tue Jun 25, 2019 8:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sciolist wrote:
Blazer0ne wrote:






Love it Like 1 .


ring-bokeh can be pretty rough but it's especially nice here


PostPosted: Tue Jun 25, 2019 8:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

benadamx wrote:

ring-bokeh can be pretty rough but it's especially nice here



Indeed. It's worked really well. Congrats.


PostPosted: Tue Jun 25, 2019 9:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sciolist wrote:
benadamx wrote:

ring-bokeh can be pretty rough but it's especially nice here



Indeed. It's worked really well. Congrats.


+1 Smile

Wonder why that jib is luffing?


PostPosted: Tue Jun 25, 2019 10:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I received the Hartblei/Rubinar and it is in excellent condition. Other than some routine test shots, I did my first shoot with it on this past weekend. There had been comments about this 8/500 (Rubinar) being more of a 600mm than the stated 500mm. I can confirm that it definitely is longer than 500mm by a good amount. I haven't yet determined an approximate length but it does look to be significant.

It is a quite decent lens but not up to its big brother's performance (Rubinar f/5.6). I am not sure yet how I would rate it against my other mirror lenses.

Hartblei/Rubinar:

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 25, 2019 11:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sciolist wrote:
benadamx wrote:

ring-bokeh can be pretty rough but it's especially nice here



Indeed. It's worked really well. Congrats.



Thanks! I agree about the bokeh as it can really draw from the subject. With this image I actually chose to to highlight it rather than hide the effect by increasing the contrast. Probably because the sail boat was isolated from the intensity of the effect.


PostPosted: Wed Jun 26, 2019 1:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I added a Minolta AF Reflex 8/500 last month to my mirror collection. I had to also buy the Sony LA-EA4 AF adapter in order to use the lens in AF mode on my A7 II. I've had a little trouble with the focusing in AF mode with it never being as good as my manual focusing. I may have it resolved now, or at least better, but won't know until I take it out for another shoot. Worst case, I have another excellent mirror when manually focused.

Here are a few images from the Minolta...

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 27, 2019 4:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Like 1 Like 1 Like 1 Excellent ones!!


PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 2019 7:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

woodrim wrote:
I added a Minolta AF Reflex 8/500 last month to my mirror collection. ...
Here are a few images from the Minolta...

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This image is stunning. It reminds me of equally stunning photos taken by a Japanese master and published in the Minolta Spiegel around 1988. The said Japanese photographer was using his 9000 and 7000 cameras equipped with the first generation (beercan) Minolta AF 4.5-5.6/75-300mm lens.

The Minolta AF 75-300mm (I), by the way, still is a good lens, much better than the previous MD-III 5.6/100-300mm. Obviously it uses LD glass, even though it was never marketed as "G" lens (neither was the early AF 2.8/80-200mm APO): At 300mm, it has as little (or shall we say: as much?) CAs as the ED Nikkor AiS 4.5/300mm.

Thanks for sharing this inspiring image.

Stephan


PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 2019 7:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Like seeing everyones mirror lens shots! Not sure why they get a bad rap sometimes, the DOF can be a little thin but the small size and lack of CA are huge positives. Some shots from my 3M=5A 500mm f8. Really takes some technique but the donut bokeh can be minimized or used to artistic effect like the falling snow behind the Robin. Cant complain about the sharpness of the lens as long as I am using a tripod or keeping shutter speeds high. Plus it can be used for single shot astronomic pictures even if they are not that great, still fun to do.










PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 2019 10:41 pm    Post subject: Tamron 55BB + SP-200 tc Reply with quote

I have been lucky enough to acquire the rare as hens teeth SP 200 (aka 200F) "pro" adaptall 2x teleconverter, and I was taking some test pics of one of my regular test subjects, the turrets on Conwy Castle, with my 300mm f2.8's and also with a couple of examples of the 55BB mirror. I am quite impressed with the results with the mirrors actually. Ideal conditions. Pentax K3, my big ol' slik tripod, remote cable and 2 secs MLU. 1:1 crops straight from RAW just default export settings (+minor exposure adjust).



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1:1 100% pixel peep crop.


Lens + SP-200 tc.


Crop and resize.


1:1 100% pixel peep crop.


PostPosted: Sat Jun 29, 2019 1:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have acquired a soligor C/D 500mm f8 to check out.



PostPosted: Sat Jun 29, 2019 5:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

marcusBMG wrote:
I have acquired a soligor C/D 500mm f8 to check out.
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I have wondered about that one. I have an older Soligor that is very bad. Is yours close focusing?


PostPosted: Sat Jun 29, 2019 5:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

stevemark wrote:


This image is stunning. It reminds me of equally stunning photos taken by a Japanese master and published in the Minolta Spiegel around 1988. The said Japanese photographer was using his 9000 and 7000 cameras equipped with the first generation (beercan) Minolta AF 4.5-5.6/75-300mm lens.

The Minolta AF 75-300mm (I), by the way, still is a good lens, much better than the previous MD-III 5.6/100-300mm. Obviously it uses LD glass, even though it was never marketed as "G" lens (neither was the early AF 2.8/80-200mm APO): At 300mm, it has as little (or shall we say: as much?) CAs as the ED Nikkor AiS 4.5/300mm.

Thanks for sharing this inspiring image.

Stephan


Thank you, Stephan. I spend months photographing the birds in this Audubon swamp. Rarely do I use other than one of my mirror lenses. I have come to like using the spot metering, especially on these white birds, initially to control the whites from being blown out but then very much liking the resulting dark image.

BTW, I am a frequent visitor to your artaphot site and consider it my go-to for minolta lens information and assesments.


PostPosted: Sat Jun 29, 2019 7:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes woodrim, this has close focus to 2.5m. It's a nice looking lens, but based on my first pics, it's not a patch on the tamrons.
Soligor top, tamron 55BB below. Samsung NX20.







PostPosted: Sat Jun 29, 2019 10:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

marcusBMG wrote:
Yes woodrim, this has close focus to 2.5m. It's a nice looking lens, but based on my first pics, it's not a patch on the tamrons.
Soligor top, tamron 55BB below. Samsung NX20.


Not really surprising. I too get curious and buy lenses just to learn what I already should have known.