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Old Sep 14, 2009, 8:31 PM   #1
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Default Having Fun With My New Toy

The weather finally cleared up this weekend and I was able to fully tryout this new toy on the lake : http://www.dyxum.com/lenses/detail.asp?IDLens=310

... and luckily as well some nice birds even came to pose:







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Old Sep 14, 2009, 8:37 PM   #2
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wow, its sharper than i would have expected. and the bokeh doesnt have any bad "donuting"

very nice!
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btw- that last shot is really great
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Old Sep 14, 2009, 8:55 PM   #4
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Thanks - The "donuting" depends on how far the background is from the subject as the background came into focus you'll notice more:





... or less as the background goes more out of focus (i.e. you manage it):





-> It's a trade-off for being the smallest, lightest and least inexpensive "image stabilized" 500mm on the market

Sharpness is not so much an issue as vignetting on a full-frame which IMO this lens would be better off on an APS-C camera. The good thing is this lens is so small that it can stay in the camera bag until you need it. Any other 500mm have to be planned ahead...

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seems a pretty fair tradeoff. considering the amount of lens you get for a decent price and portability.
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Man-o-man! When I first looked at the link you posted to the lens I nearly fell off my chair. With the placement of the commas instead of a point (decimal) I thought the lens was $669,000. "That's not a lens." I thought, "That's a retirement account." Of course when I followed the link to B&H I saw the true cost I had to laugh. You had me going there for a minute.

Now to the photos. They look very good. great color, sharpness and pretty decent bokeh as well. I think you have a winner.

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Very nice shots for a mirror lens, far better than most I have seen. Great way to get a long reach without the pain of lugging a huge lens along.

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Very nice shots for a mirror lens, far better than most I have seen. Great way to get a long reach without the pain of lugging a huge lens along.

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... and I agree

-> What is even more amazing is this lens weight half a comparable 24-70 f/2.8 and is even smaller than the 24-70 f/2.8 with its hood is on !!!
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-> It's a trade-off for being the smallest, lightest and least inexpensive "image stabilized" 500mm on the market
And the only AF mirror to boot.

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Sharpness is not so much an issue as vignetting on a full-frame which IMO this lens would be better off on an APS-C camera. The good thing is this lens is so small that it can stay in the camera bag until you need it. Any other 500mm have to be planned ahead...
Interesting - I used this lens a lot on my Maxxums (7000i and 7xi) and don't recall ever noticing much of a vignetting problem, but it has been a while. Not too long ago I posted a series of threads of birds taken with it on the APSC size a350 - I think your FF a900 shots are better.
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Lots of detail and very sharp! Great shots!
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