Tai Shimizu

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Creator of the iOS photography apps Gridditor & Filterstorm, the Mac drawing app Inkist, the Mac HDR app Light Compressor, and the experimental web browser Torii.

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Reflex/Mirror Lens Thoughts

Note, you may be interested in my review of this lens.

I went out in the park with my Reflex-Nikkor C 500mm f/8 catadioptric lens yesterday which prompted me to write this piece. I’ve been asked a number of times on flickr and forums if this lens is worth buying, and my answer is a resounding yes. It’s slow, and the donut boke is infamous, but it also can be sharp, is small, and so hand holdable all day. And despite what some say, you don’t need a tripod, at least not on a sunny day.

I suppose it’s a matter of taste, but at certain ranges, I think the boke gives a really nice cloudy effect as in these pictures I took yesterday. At thumbnail size, it can be a little busy, but at large sizes it’s quite a nice effect.

http:  www.taishimizu.com pictures reflex flowers sm.jpg

http:  www.taishimizu.com pictures reflex sparrow sm.jpg

This lens is easily found under $200, and as such is the cheapest way I know of to get to 500mm (unless you do something crazy like put 2 TC200s on a cheap 135mm lens).

For twice as much as the reflex, you can use a TC200 2x teleconverter with an MF 300mm f/4 or f/4.5. This buys you more flexibility and gives you a bit more reach and lacks the donut bokeh. With both combinations available to me, I tend to use the 300mm a lot by itself and sometimes with the PN-11 extension tube, and the 500mm reflex as much as the 300+TC.

Finally, an old favorite with the reflex lens.

http:  www.taishimizu.com pictures reflex leaf sm.jpg

Posted by tai on 2009-04-26 07:51:59. Comments (1) | Tiny link

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Nikkor 500 f8

I have had mine for a few days and i am loving it. I find it is great for birds, unless they are in flight. I am getting used to the weird bokeh - I don’t get doughnuts often, but I get hollow-looking branches or web-like boken in the background at times.

And the price was right!

Posted by Graham (anon) on 2016-05-14 23:09:17.
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