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Tamron 500mm F8 Mirror Lens Review Part 2

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    Posted: 15 June 2017 at 18:52
After 2 weeks of use I LOVE this old manual lens. I'll give you some pointers on how to get the most out of these magnificent pieces of old glass and show you some samples so you know I'm not just talking out of my A _ _. I am using this lens every day and loving it! It's not a matter of luck you need to use good long lens technique with a tripod, timer and new camera tech such as focus peaking and magnified focus assist to really nail focus in these shots!

https://youtu.be/LcsVVTJ2gOs
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I'll second that. It's a excellent lens if you have time to focus it accurately, and as you say does work well with TCs. I put up some moon shots here last year with it.
A58, 5d, Dynax 4, 5, 60, 500si/600si/700si/800si, various Sony & Minolta lenses, several Tamrons, lots of MF primes and *far* too many old film cameras . . .
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Post Options Post Options   Quote neilt3 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 June 2017 at 22:38
I also have two versions of this lens and like them as well .
Another lens I have that you might be interested in is the Tamron 350mm reflex .( not mine though , it's not for sale !)
Also a very nice lens when you need a wider tele and lighter and much more compact than my 300mm f/4 Minolta .
Also works well with both teleconverters .
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Some reviews of the 350mm suggested it was a bit soft. What do you think?
Of course with so many AF 300mm lenses available there doesn't seem the advantage in the 350mm reflex. I have the Kenko 400mm mirror, though, which is a lot smaller than the Tamron 500mm and pretty sharp too.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote neilt3 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 June 2017 at 01:55
I tend to use mainly A-mount Sony digital or Minolta film cameras where I have autofocus lenses from 16mm to 500mm , so for telephoto shooting that's what I tend to use .
These give me better results , possibly due to autofocus .

The Tamron Adaptall lenses I have ( from 24-500mm) are used mainly on manual focus cameras I have where I don't have/want/need a full range of lenses in that particular mount .
So being used mainly on film it's harder to tell than pixel peeping with digital .

The three Tamron reflex lenses I have ( 350mm & 2 versions of the 500mm ) are sharper and with better contrast than the Minolta 500mm AF Reflex I have .
The issue I have with the Minolta is that the mirror needs cleaning as it has the common problem where on oily film has appeared on it .
Need to get that sorted at some point !
What's been shot on film have been very much acceptable .
Used on auto focus cameras , film or digital , is not a satisfactory as the viewfinders are designed more for brightness rather than manual focus .
When I've used them on digital , focus error is the problem rather than any sharpness issues , the a900 is still my main camera.
I have a a77ii as well , so with focus peaking , manual focus would now be much easier .
I've tought about getting a M42 to A-mount chipped adapter from James Lao with 4 focal lengths on to gain image stabilization too .


Test shot's that I had done with these lenses are very favourable .
One of the 500mm's gave noticably sharper results than the other ( the later one IIRC) and I Thing the 350mm was just as good .
I haven't got any of those shots as I would have just deleated them after viewing .

If you are interested in seeing comparison shots between them , let me know and I will take some when I get chance . APSC or full frame .

The only digital shot's that comes to mind ( and easily found )taken with the 350mm Reflex are ones that were taken hand held .
They were done on a NEX 7 , not the best balance ,and the ISO was high to keep the shutter speed up .

The shot of my dog is one I like , but the point of focus was off . It looks like his whiskers are in focus rather than his eye's .
With the other two shots both being of reed's moving in the breeze gave a problem .
The higher ISO took care of motion blur , but with a shallow DOF fucusing was an issue .

Click on the image to view on flickr , the maximum size on there should be bigger than can be viewed here .

   

   



Max through the mirror
by Neil , on Flickr



Reed Buntings ,building a nest
by Neil , on Flickr



seed heads
by Neil , on Flickr
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Nothing wrong with those shots!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Miranda F Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 June 2017 at 10:38
Yes, nice shots. I have a James Liao chipped M42 adapter set to 400mm f5.6 and I find SS works well on everything from 350mm to 500mm.
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