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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 November 2021 at 09:24
Originally posted by woodrim woodrim wrote:

Thank you for starting this thread, Leo.


You're welcome Mike! Love to hear from you, the expert, about the dos and donuts (sorry :-() of cats!
 



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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 November 2021 at 13:40
I LOVE mirror lenses.
Thanks for starting this Leo. Gave me reason to dive in the archive.

I've used the 500 F/8 and owned the Samyang 300mm Reflex, an APS-C lens.
I sold it with all ASP-C stuff I had. With some regrets.
The lens is flexible, sharp (enough), MF
So, to show some proof

#1 At a Dyxym meet in London


#2 another deer


#3 short MFD, made it macro-like


#4 painterly like


#5 Leo's A7R


#6 and Leo himself of course

Same Londen meeting. Here visiting The Prospect of Whitby, one of London's oldest inns, for some stabilizers after a long walk.

#7 macro pizza


#8 I see you

with donuts

#9 discrete street


Hope I didn't overdo it
Maybe I should get myself a new copy.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 November 2021 at 14:04
Any advice on a mounting system for Vectis on Sony FE that is not totally Frankenstein?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 November 2021 at 14:11
Originally posted by Snegren Snegren wrote:

Any advice on a mounting system for Vectis on Sony FE that is not totally Frankenstein?
I think Howard_S has got an adapter for that and used it with good result.

Here's a thread about it
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 November 2021 at 14:42
Originally posted by pegelli pegelli wrote:

Originally posted by Snegren Snegren wrote:

Any advice on a mounting system for Vectis on Sony FE that is not totally Frankenstein?
I think Howard_S has got an adapter for that and used it with good result.

Here's a thread about it


The MonsterAdapter people resumed production of their Vectis adapter this past year. Of course, they sold out again but not before I got one. I believe they will be introducing an updated version sometime soon.

I had bought a Vectis 400mm and was looking at ways to adapt it to my mirrorless when they resumed production. I was thankful for the timing since I was about to start surgery. Glad I didn't. What I did learn is that the Vectis mirror focuses by movement at the front of the lens while leaving the rear in place. I had tried making a helicoid extender to do the focusing but the results I got defied everything I knew about focusing by helicoid. Anyway, the MonsterAdapter allowed the mounting of the lens and focusing in manual. The focus by wire was certainly different for me but I quickly got used to it and started to like it. As with most other things, it takes some practice and technique development.

I learned after using the Vectis that it is a very good mirror. The sharpness is right up there with the 250mm and Tamron SP 350. It gets difficult to assess differences when they are that good but I do enjoy my Vectis even more than the SP 350. It focuses well at all distances, even infinity, which can't be said for many other mirrors. Contrast is also good and colors are warm.

I will follow this post with images from my Vectis 400. The lens is rare enough and not seen for sale often, so I'm glad I bought when I did. I expect them to increase in price and become more difficult to find.

Keep an eye on the facebook site for announcements:   MonsterAdapter
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 November 2021 at 15:05
The Vectis 400 was an August 2020 purchase. I spent some of the next couple of months scheming how I might make it work, then, fortunately, I was able to buy a new MonsterAdapter before I did any damage. It has quickly become my most used mirror.

I should also mention that the lens was designed for APS but does fill most of the full-frame with the exception of some vignetting in the corners.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 November 2021 at 15:12
Domien: Thanks for the Samyang images. Sharp indeed. I've stayed away from trying it mostly because of the APS format. Do you know how much of the FF it covers?

And you got to hang out with Leo
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 November 2021 at 15:37
Originally posted by woodrim woodrim wrote:

Domien: Thanks for the Samyang images. Sharp indeed. I've stayed away from trying it mostly because of the APS format. Do you know how much of the FF it covers?

And you got to hang out with Leo


I   Donít know Mike. Silly enough I never tried it. I handled it as part of two different systems. Never the two should be mixed.
On your photos.
I recognize many of your shots. They made enough of an impression to me at the time.

Leo is a welcome guest at dyxum meetings.
Thatís where I see him. Taking great photos of subjects I didnít even see or didnít dare to photograph with lenses I could never buy, missing the skills to use them.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 November 2021 at 16:28
Just found and ordered a used Samyang E-mount for a nice price, so will be able soon to show the vignetting on full frame
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 November 2021 at 22:17
Originally posted by Fred_S Fred_S wrote:

Just found and ordered a used Samyang E-mount for a nice price, so will be able soon to show the vignetting on full frame


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 November 2021 at 23:25
The first big (long) mirror I bought was the one that got me hooked. MTO 3M-6A 6.3/500. I referred to it as the big Mak (Maksutov). It's bigger and heavier than the f/8 Russian mirrors but also sharper. I think I researched the Russian mirrors well before settling on this lens. I would later get the Rubinar 5.6/500.

Big Mak...
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 November 2021 at 03:18
The mirror lens can get quite busy

Bird Lady front
Bronze Bird Lady by Michael J Breen, on Flickr
Sony ILCE-7R
500mm F8 Reflex
f/8.0 500.0 mm 1/500 250 Flash (off, did not fire)

Bird Lady side

Bird Lady (my muse) by Michael J Breen, on Flickr
Sony ILCE-7R
500mm F8 Reflex
f/8.0 500.0 mm 1/500 500 Flash (off, did not fire)
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 November 2021 at 16:24
I used my Minolta 500 reflex to shoot the last solar eclipse. I made a filter for the front out of mylar. It worked like a charm. (both shot with A77ii). No worry about donuts!

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 November 2021 at 18:07
Originally posted by Basil Basil wrote:

I used my Minolta 500 reflex to shoot the last solar eclipse. I made a filter for the front out of mylar. It worked like a charm. (both shot with A77ii). No worry about donuts!


Nice!
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