Why no mirror telephotos for DSLR Canon?

Started Jan 25, 2010 | Discussions thread
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Re: Why no mirror telephotos for DSLR Canon?
In reply to Franz Weber, Jan 26, 2010


I have two.

They are solid CATs. One is a Vivitar Series One 600 f8, and the other is a Perkin-Elmer 800 f11. Both fit on my 10D/5D.

Nice sharp lenses with out of focus donut bokeh, no CA. But, they are heavy as sh*t though and must be on solid tripods to avoid unsharpness due to vibration.

Tamron, Sigma, and others made little 350 and 500 mirror lenses in the 80's that were adaptable using the T mount. They were as bit low in contrast, but small and light compared to telephoto lenses. You can find mint used ones for about $50-$100.


Franz Weber wrote:

Back in the good old days there where cheap, short and lightweight mirror telephoto "lenses".

They were very useful. Why the heck does not Canon offer newer versions for their DSLR?

Anybody have a clue?


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