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Old Jun 4, 2013, 12:56 PM   #1
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Yeah, I know that mirror lenses in general don't get very good reviews, but does anyone have any experience with this:
http://www.cameta.com/Samyang-500mm-f-6-3-Mirror-Lens-White-2X-Teleconverter-64315.cfm

Not my first choice for a lens with reach but could be interesting?
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Old Jun 4, 2013, 1:45 PM   #2
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It would also require a four-thirds to Micro adapter to work as well, but it should do about as well as any mirror lens would. The little doughnuts they create in out of focus areas are quite "different".

It it's as good as their fisheye (Samyang, Rokinon, Bower, etc), it'll be quite good.
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Old Jun 7, 2013, 5:56 AM   #3
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It would also require a four-thirds to Micro adapter to work as well ...
Actually you just need a T-mount to micro four thirds adapter which I am sure Cameta would swap for the T-mount to four thirds adapter in the package if you gave them a call.

That aside this is one way to get you to 500mm in a compact package. Samyang also makes a 500mm non-mirror lens in T-mount for around the same price.

For me personally, I usually shoot wildlife with long lenses and the lack of AF on something like this would make it less useful. I used several manual focus 300mm lenses and unless I was shooting a fixed spot like a bird feeder it was very hard for me to grab focus and shoot before the animal moved.

If you've got other purposes for this lens then yeah sure go for it, for the money you're not going to get much better. Even going with a long legacy lens you're going to either be carrying a very long stick - see the samyang 500mm T-mount: you can find similar legacy lenses on e-bay very cheaply - or if you want to go mirror lens this one or pay a great deal more for something like the Tamron SP 500mm F8 Tele Macro CATADIOPTRIC mirror which is a pretty top-of-the-line optic.
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