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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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the thing is with mirror lens's the out of focus background gets donuts does not look very nice.
Mirror lens's usually have a slow fixed aperture eg F8
And take special rear mounted filters.
On the upside mirrors are generally much cheaper than glass - the downside is that the results tend to show this. Avoid mirror lenses....
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.
Quote: The thing is with mirror lenses the out of focus background gets donuts does not look very nice.
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
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.
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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