Super Lens

Nothing to do with woodworking, but I know some of you are also photography buffs.

Got a ‘new’ lens today from Ebay – one that I’d almost forgotten existed, or at least that it might be something now in reach.  It originally came onto the market in 1991, and remains even today the only production mirror lens able to autofocus (that, and the current Sony version which is the rebranded version (now that Minolta’s camera division was sold completely to Sony)).

It is the Minolta AF Reflex 500mm lens (equiv to 800mm on the non-full frame digital cameras, such as my A55.)

Not a great photo demonstrating the new lens…….except I took it handheld!  The lens is very light given its focal length – very little glass involved because of the mirrors.

3 Responses

  1. wow.. great shot without a tripod. Great ebay find!

  2. Astounding

  3. Ah, yes, the mirror lens. I have a 600mm f/8 FD-mount Sigma (manual focus, of course). They’re great provided the background is nice and plain. Fixed aperture, of course, so your only light control is shutter speed (or ND filters if you can find some big enough!) or ISO, I guess. Portraits at 50m!

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