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500 mm Macro lens ?

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The other day I tested an 800mm Mirror lens of which my friend just obtained.

In fact it was a gift from his Daughter.  Lens was for Canon DSLR though, funnily enough

he got no Canon SLR.  —— that’s why I was asked to test, whether for a sake of that lens,

is it worthwhile to buy a camera body.  🙂     These days, people seeing even a small compact

camera started to have extremely high zoom ratio, such as Panasonic’s  x60 zoom

(equiv’ 20 ~ 1200 mm)  they no longer “fear” long telephoto lens.

—– That lens was (amazingly !) good.     So, he is going to become a bird photographer.  🙂

I hope him to become an expert of  “800 mm” lens and capture a lots of bird photos.

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As a matter of fact, I got a Mirror lens too, but not  800 mm, my one is  500 mm.

“Naturally”, not very often used though, it was a Tamron F8 Mirror lens = once dabbed

as the second best mirror lens among the 500 mm mirror lens after the Zeiss.  (mind you,

Zeiss Mirrotar 500 mm carries a price of  5 million yen —– but Tamron was 50,000 yen

—– I got it in second hand for 20,000 yen.  😉 )

Not just sharp, Tamron 500 mm was designed to produce good close-up image as well, 

hence its closest distance comes down to  1.7 m and able to take  x 1/3 close-up !

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This is a clopped part of the photo. Depth of the field is so shallow still, not too bad isn’t it,  

considering it was nearly  2 m away.    (Can you imagine to look into the reflecting pattern

of batterfly’s eye from  2 m distance ! ) —– (Only when if we could manage extremely

critical focus under F8  darkness of view-finder ! ) 

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( Fish-eye photo was an extra —– just for fun.  😉 )

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Another trouble is, because of the angle of view is less than  5 degree = quite difficult

to know  “Where AM I watching ?”  especially, when the image was out of focus.  😀

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As out of focus Bokhe become funny ring pattern —– you may hate, or some time

they looks more decorative. —– it’s a character.    It could be a good fun to play with !



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  1. Lemony (Gr)Egghead said, on September 1, 2013 at 14:55

    Spectacular set of images, Yoshi-sensei. Such rich color and detail. I like the depth of field and very careful point of focus for these shots.

    • yoshizen said, on September 1, 2013 at 15:03

      Thank you Lemony-san.
      The truth is, the frames which missed focus or bllurred were dilated. 😀

  2. bentehaarstad said, on September 1, 2013 at 21:12

    Interesting absolutely. I have a 500 mm, bought it just I got digital, and have never used it for my digital cameras, I don’t know if I could? It is a Sima 1:4.5..

    • yoshizen said, on September 1, 2013 at 21:40

      How interesting, you too bought 500 mm !
      I guess, it’s a nominal German Co. though made in Korea and got a cream-white body ?
      —– what so ever, just try.
      If your camera was Canon, you can use it straight.
      If it was Nikon, go to setting — set Non CPU lens,
      max F=4.5 Then it should work.
      DSLR has pretty high ISO = easy to use, but as your lens got very fat barrel =
      you may need to improvise focusing handle.

      • bentehaarstad said, on September 1, 2013 at 21:52

        Black body, and all my cameras are/were Canon. So you don’t think it can break my camera since it was not made for digital?

        • yoshizen said, on September 1, 2013 at 22:20

          As I wrote before, Canon is a camera who can take any lens and work with AV mode. (That’s how I did many pinhole experiments. 😉 )
          (If it is black body, it might be a copy of Nikon)

  3. drawandshoot said, on September 2, 2013 at 02:18

    Wow! Absolutely stunning images, Yoshizen. Lyrical and zen-like I think. Great work!!

    • yoshizen said, on September 2, 2013 at 02:39

      Thank you Karen.
      In fact, what I like was a kind of, what you said “Zen-like” picture
      —– insects were just a pretext.
      (If I could have the Dragonfly, like you did, here, I could have made proper “Macro photo” 😉 )

  4. elenacaravela said, on September 2, 2013 at 22:27

    I lust after a macro lens;) Your photos have fueled the fire!

    • yoshizen said, on September 2, 2013 at 22:46

      Good girl, good girl Elena.
      If you are using DSLR, even if it is not full-frame, never buy a lens for a
      smaller frame camera —– you can’t use that lens in future.
      There are many choice of macro lens. On top of genuine lens, Sigma, Tamron are
      making very good Macro lens as well.
      When you buy second hand, test it in the shop, while taking test shot of
      computer screen = See clear BGR dots corner to corner,
      you can see how it is good or bad on the spot.

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