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Author Topic: camera mirror lenses with T-mount  (Read 2424 times)
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« on: May 10, 2009, 02:28 PM »

Is anyone aware of any significant differences in the various brands ?  Or are they all made by one manufacturer and labeled according to seller....?
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« Reply #1 on: May 10, 2009, 11:48 PM »

Hey Zeke,

Without any more info than the ol' search engine tool, I can say it's 'probable' that the difference will be minor if your looking at 'non camera brand' units, the general manufacturing is pretty simple in comparison to 'traditional' lens designs so I can't see there would be any push for significant quality upgrades.

Named brands (Olympus 'Zuiko', Minolta 'Rokkor', Nikon and Canon) were pretty competitive last century (if you can get your hands on one of these and use an adaptor to fit it to your camera, you'd be on the best track for quality), and T mount units (with the exception being 'Novaflex') being the cheaper option.

They will all work in the same way regardless- Single aperture setting (gen f8 for 500mm and f5.6 for the 350mmm) so no need for electronic comms. between lens and body, and the telltale 'reflex doughnut' with out of focus highlights. The biggest improver of quality with these lenses is generally the use of a quality tripod and a remote to trigger.


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« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2009, 01:10 AM »

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« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2009, 09:29 AM »

Historically the Vivitar brand is better than Rikonon, but that's not saying much. Make sure you can return it. Cheap mirror lenses can vary a LOT in quality.

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