I was wondering if anyone has had any experiences with the
Vivitar 500mm F8 Mirror lense? I would intend to use it on my F80,
there are two of these lenses on ebay both currently under £100, as my budget will not allow really expensive lenses, I wondered if it was worth going for one of them?
Thanks in advance
the Newtonian Nikonian
#1. "RE: Vivitar 500mm F8 Mirror lense ?" | In response to Reply # 0Philip Basic MemberFri 06-Sep-02 02:52 AM
Paul, a few years ago, I read a test on mirror lenses (500 and 600 mm) in the French magazine Chasseur d'Images. What I remember of it, is that the only lens that came out quiet well was the Nikkor, but the optical quality was still far behind a regular tele lens.
The quality of third party lenses was far below what someone would expect, and for some lenses, the quality was not much better than what you'd obtain by putting an empty bottle of coke in front of your camera in stead of a lens.
I think you would be better off with an old 300 mm f4,5, which you should possibly find for about the same price.
#2. "RE: Vivitar 500mm F8 Mirror lense ?" | In response to Reply # 0Photophil Basic MemberFri 06-Sep-02 05:26 AM
I think you better save some more money and look for a second hand Sigma 400/5.6 or a similar lens from Tamron or Tokina. I'm sure you'll get MUCH better results. In time, you buy a Kenko 1.4 convertor, giving you both 400/5.6 AND a 560/8 with a whole lot better image quality. And please don't forget to buy also a HEAVY tripod. Your image quality not only depends on good glas but also on good technique. A sturdy tripod and a good ballhead therefore is essential.