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    Default wld you buy 500mm Kenko Mirror f6.3 lens?

    spotted this in the 'wild'!!
    $490
    would you buy it?
    anyone have a review of it?
    interested to start bird photog with it

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    Default Re: wld you buy 500mm Kenko Mirror f6.3 lens?

    This type for "bird" watchers. Why not? if you are interested in nature photography. Not that type of "bird" found in exhibitions ah!
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    Default Re: wld you buy 500mm Kenko Mirror f6.3 lens?

    disadv
    fixed aperture hard to shoot with?
    3rd party mirror lens not sharp
    donut ring halos look evident(although I kinda like this)

    adv
    light
    cheap

    that's what i have but hoping rest can contribute

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    Default Re: wld you buy 500mm Kenko Mirror f6.3 lens?

    Contrast is not as good, though can be adjusted though post process. Sharpness wise, may be comparable to tele zoom, but lose out to tele prime lenses. Because of f/6.3-8, it's dark through viewfinder, so only limited to good day light shooting.

    mirror lens is smaller in size also (compare with actual lens), easy for carry and transport.

    To me, the chance for bringing out a mirror lens is still way higher than long tele lens due to it portability
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    Default Re: wld you buy 500mm Kenko Mirror f6.3 lens?

    It all boils down to money talk?
    If you afford a 500mm F4 or 600mm F4.5 prime lens than the mirror lens sucks!
    If you have cash constrain (like me) then the mirror lens is
    One thing for sure, you cannot compare mirror with prime! The cash outlay is world apart too. Mirror can be sharp (max 8R prints) any bigger you need prime.
    Do a search in CS cos there's some pics taken by this Kenko Mirror.
    Enjoy you search...........dun end up like me with 3 mirrors, kenna the BBB mirror virus.
    Oh! It's manual unless you are using sony or minolta cos they have AF mirror but very X

    Yes, I would buy!

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