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Old Sep 1, 2009, 6:37 AM   #21
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Ted,
I think it's just a matter of how much you want to spend for glass. I would assume that mirror types are the same as buying a lens. The more you pay the higher the quality.
It's to bad your first impressions of the Oly SP group was with the 550 Greg. It had a lot of bugs to straighten out as it was the first of the super zooms. I think the 560 was greatly improved over the 550. Most believe the older C series had much better IQ .
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Old Feb 12, 2010, 8:07 PM   #22
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That's pretty interesting. I wonder what the Zuiko 600mm 6.5 sells for nowadays. Didn't see anything on Google or eBay.

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There is one at B&H for $900 I believe. I was tempted to buy it since I use old glass on my e-500 but after seeing this review I'm not sure it'd be worth it both in terms of cost or weight. I wasn't that impressed with the pics it took. I can also say that not all Soligor lenses are as bad as the one he was testing. I have a 37-105 zoom/macro k-mount that takes superb pics as long it's not wide open. Works great with a Tokina 2x 7e converter as well.

What's really odd is how bad the Tamron 300/2.8 is at 2.8. My $10 500mm thing from Korea will take pictures of that quality. And my 60-300 Tamron will blow it away. Actually i think the Tamron will blow away most of the new lenses as well, at least judging from what I have seen here so far (and I admit as a newbie I haven't seen all that many even though I have been lurking for a bit). That's a topic for another post however....

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Old Feb 12, 2010, 8:14 PM   #23
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Ted,
I think it's just a matter of how much you want to spend for glass. I would assume that mirror types are the same as buying a lens. The more you pay the higher the quality.
It's to bad your first impressions of the Oly SP group was with the 550 Greg. It had a lot of bugs to straighten out as it was the first of the super zooms. I think the 560 was greatly improved over the 550. Most believe the older C series had much better IQ .
Most modern mirror lenses (Vivitar, Bower, Phoenix etc) are pieces of crap from korea. Fun as toys but that is all. I have seen at least one published pic from the 70's shot with a 1000mm mirror that is quite nice so I suspect that if you bought a vintage one the sharpness would go up some. Still, they were meant as reasonably priced and compact alternative to the brutes that you had to buy to get long length back in the day. I may add one to my collection someday just to try it out.
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