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Originally posted by XKAES XKAES wrote:

The 80cm came out in 1972, but just before the Rokkor-X line appeared and when the 80cm was changed to 800mm and the "-X" was added (in the US market). So the 80cm version is definitely harder to find.

http://thesybersite.com/minolta/historical/Minolta_Lens_Chronology.htm


Thanks for that link. LOTS of great Minolta trivia there.
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I was using this lens a lot until I got the Tamron SP 350 and the Vectis. They can have the same mirror surface issues as the 600mm but I've found them more reliably good in terms of sharpness. I've had four copies (don't ask).

Sigma 5.6/400

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Post Options Post Options   Quote XKAES Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 November 2021 at 01:20
Nice shots. I'm not familiar with the Sigma 400mm CAT, but it sure looks like the Sigma 600mm CAT.
The 400mm -- with an 86mm filter thread in the front -- reminds me of the Tamron 350mm CAT -- short and fat -- which also reminds me of the AMC GREMLIN -- the first short, fat car:

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Originally posted by woodrim woodrim wrote:


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#2 looks like a fairy tale.
Very nice!

Edited by Micholand - 25 November 2021 at 18:23
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Originally posted by woodrim woodrim wrote:

I was using this lens a lot until I got the Tamron SP 350 and the Vectis. They can have the same mirror surface issues as the 600mm but I've found them more reliably good in terms of sharpness. I've had four copies (don't ask).


Breathtaking bokeh on that alligator Mike!
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote woodrim Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 November 2021 at 14:35
Originally posted by XKAES XKAES wrote:

Nice shots. I'm not familiar with the Sigma 400mm CAT, but it sure looks like the Sigma 600mm CAT.
The 400mm -- with an 86mm filter thread in the front -- reminds me of the Tamron 350mm CAT -- short and fat -- which also reminds me of the AMC GREMLIN -- the first short, fat car:


Mirrors necessarily have to increase disproportionally in diameter when making them faster. The f/4 and f/4.5 Zeiss mirrors illustrate that perfectly.

As for the Gremlin, my dad was a Nash/Hudson, Rambler, AMC guy. It seemed everyone on the block had a favorite marque and only bought those cars. One guy worked for Ford, so was obligated. I was very thankful that Dad brought home an AMX and never bought a Marlin, Gremlin or Pacer.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote woodrim Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 November 2021 at 14:37
Originally posted by darosa darosa wrote:

Originally posted by woodrim woodrim wrote:

I was using this lens a lot until I got the Tamron SP 350 and the Vectis. They can have the same mirror surface issues as the 600mm but I've found them more reliably good in terms of sharpness. I've had four copies (don't ask).


Breathtaking bokeh on that alligator Mike!


Thank you, Leo. Most of the credit goes to the gator's genetics.
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Originally posted by mariuszlo mariuszlo wrote:

#2 looks like a fairy tale.
Very nice!


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I have used the Minolta AF 500 Reflex a lot in the past, indoors and outdoors. Here a selection of photos I made:


First a portrait I made during a rehearsal. I had the camera on a monopod and sat down to take the photo. I got away with 1/10s shutter speed. Made with an A55.



Next is a shot of a vulture. Taken at the zoo, out of hand with an A77II



Another example of a bird, taken out of hand during a bird show, using an A77II.



2 shots I took during an air show, using an A77II:





The classic "identical objects in a row" shot, taken with an A55:



A local crow stopped to pose for this shot. Taken with an A55:



Photo taken of the lead singer during a concert, taken with an A55:
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Post Options Post Options   Quote darosa Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 November 2021 at 13:39
Excellent shots with the Minolta reflex Matt! Did you use AF?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote darosa Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 November 2021 at 13:42
A couple I made yesterday with Rubinar 300/4.5:

1 Something is not right


2 Inspecting the nets


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Post Options Post Options   Quote darosa Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 November 2021 at 13:46
Any experience with the 800mm Samyang/Walimex/Bower/..., anyone?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote XKAES Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 November 2021 at 14:24
Or the Opteka 500mm f6.3 -- with a 95mm front thread -- perhaps sold under other labels?
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