The newer, more compact Nikkor mirror is quite good as
mirrors go, but, surprisingly, the bigger old-style
f8 is even better, and is about as sharp (at its
effective f8 1/2...) as the big, fast EDIF lenses are
wide-open (purdy gud!) - and it is good enough to be
still sharp (at 700mm f11) used on the TC14/14B (not
TC14A or C). BTW, a secret: I get better results hand-holding the 500mm f8 mirror! Shutter speed must
be 1/500th or faster, and it takes four frames to
get at least one sharp one, but the damping with
hand-holding is better than with most tripods...
(though the slower-speed oscillations aren't...;-).
(More at: www.David-Ruether-Photography.com/slemn.html.)
On Thu, 2 Jan 2003 13:23:55 +0100, "Max Perl" <email@example.com> wrote:
>I have the latest Nikkor 500/8. It take a little practise to make quality
>pictures with such a lens. It requires more than careful focusing because
>the viewfinder is dark and the focus has to be 100%. Then it also requires
>a very study tripod. I think it is up to the photographer how much you can
>get out of the lens. It is possible to get very high quality pictures from
>a lens. And a nice feature witht the latest model is that it can focus down
>to 1.5m. This is close to 1:1 macro.
>"Jerry L." <firstname.lastname@example.org> skrev i en meddelelse
>> If you can find an old Nikkor 500mm f8 mirror lens (circa. 1984-1990)
>> then you might have satisfactory results. With the Lenco, you are
>> wasting film.
>> The engineering expertise needed to make a good mirror lens seems to
>> be limited to a few companies: the cheaper the lens, the more likely
>> it will produce poor negatives or slides.
>> = = =