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    bearmtn
    bearmtn e2 Member 6bearmtn vcard United States
    15 Jan 2008 - 1:57 PM

    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
    colin beeley e2 Member 111064 forum postscolin beeley vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
    15 Jan 2008 - 3:33 PM

    the thing is with mirror lens's the out of focus background gets donuts does not look very nice.
    cb.

    Hugo
    Hugo  9628 forum posts United Kingdom
    15 Jan 2008 - 3:54 PM

    Mirror lens's usually have a slow fixed aperture eg F8
    And take special rear mounted filters.

    Freefall
    Freefall e2 Member 10675 forum postsFreefall vcard United Kingdom
    15 Jan 2008 - 3:59 PM

    On the upside mirrors are generally much cheaper than glass - the downside is that the results tend to show this. Avoid mirror lenses....

    dragarth
    dragarth  10247 forum posts Scotland1 Constructive Critique Points
    23 Jan 2008 - 6:22 PM

    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
    ZenTog  127875 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
    23 Jan 2008 - 6:30 PM


    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
    elowes  92830 forum posts United Kingdom
    23 Jan 2008 - 8:08 PM

    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
    Paul Morgan e2 Member 1214393 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
    24 Jan 2008 - 12:16 AM


    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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