Torn between Min 500mm Reflex and Min 100-400mm APO

Started Apr 29, 2013 | Discussions thread
Chris Malcolm
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Re: Torn between Min 500mm Reflex and Min 100-400mm APO
In reply to Chris Malcolm, Apr 29, 2013

Chris Malcolm wrote:

The virtue of the 500mm reflex is its portability. Mirror lenses can't match refractors in image quality or speed. But a 500mm reflex is small & light enough to take out with you just in case. I often have mine in my bag just in case, & most of the time it stays there. But more than half of my best 500mm shots were completely unplanned & unforeseen lucky opportunities. If I hadn't got the 500mm in my bag I'd have missed them.

I've compared the image quality & detail resolution against the 100-400mm f4. It's definitely inferior, but at a small fraction of the size weight & price that's to be expected. And if I had the big one I'd still keep the reflex as a stuff in the bag just in case lens. And it would continue to take half of my best long shots.

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Error correction - it was the new 70-400mm I did the comparison with.

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