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Zoom lens


bearmtn 6 4 United States
15 Jan 2008 1:57PM
hi folks i have a E-500 olympus & it came with a 40-150 zoom lens and thinking of going a little bigger, could someone tell me if a Glass or Mirror lens is better than the other, Thank You

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colin beeley e2
12 1.1k 10 England
15 Jan 2008 3:33PM
the thing is with mirror lens's the out of focus background gets donuts does not look very nice.
cb.
Hugo 9 640 United Kingdom
15 Jan 2008 3:54PM
Mirror lens's usually have a slow fixed aperture eg F8
And take special rear mounted filters.
Freefall e2
11 675 United Kingdom
15 Jan 2008 3:59PM
On the upside mirrors are generally much cheaper than glass - the downside is that the results tend to show this. Avoid mirror lenses....
dragarth 10 247 1 Scotland
23 Jan 2008 6:22PM
I have a 500mm mirror and the glass lenses I have are all better. The mirror has it's place but to be honest it's usually in the bag!. Glass every time if you can afford it.

sean
ZenTog 12 7.9k 1 England
23 Jan 2008 6:30PM

Quote:The thing is with mirror lenses the out of focus background gets donuts does not look very nice.
cb.


the donuts are the best thing about a mirror lens!!, you dont get auto focus everything is manual and usually soft if its moving, its ok for still wildlife , ie tortoises and similour
elowes 10 2.8k United Kingdom
23 Jan 2008 8:08PM
Having once had a mirror lens (Olympus 500 F8) I was glad to be able to sell it for close to the price I paid.

Lightish and small but not the best quality image.
Paul Morgan e2
13 15.7k 6 England
24 Jan 2008 12:16AM

Quote:it came with a 40-150 zoom lens and thinking of going a little bigger


Have a look at the new Olympus 70-300 (140-600) at less than 300.

An old favorate mirror lens of mine is the 500mm tamaron adaptal 2, only manual focus but have found it performs pretty well.

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