Here's what you can't shoot with a long prime mirror lens:
- Fast moving objects
If you still want to continue reading, we are about to discuss how great long mirror lenses actually are and I have to say I am not selling mine even though I do not use it too often.
Mirror lenses are good for:
- Long far away shots
- Learning to actually focus manually and capturing the moment without hesitation
- Learning to properly frame the shot from a distance
- Learning to hold your camera really steady
- Taking amazing close-up shots of birds/wildlife (even though the sharpness will not be the same as a regular lens)
- Street photography
- Video (from a tough tripod)
- Price - lower class manual focus mirror lenses are extremely cheap!
- Weight - really light! I am talking just amazingly light compared to regular lenses.
- No blades or complex mechanics inside (hence the price)
- The bokeh is a WOW! Seriously, try taking a photo against a sparkly background and you'll see what I am talking about. The doughnut bokeh is just amazing.
|My 500mm mirror lens does a really nice job when I want to get close to birds without scaring them away. Notice the doughnut bokeh caused by the lens' specifics.|
This video was quickly put together having some moments shot with a 500mm mirror lens. The first, last, bus and seagull shots were taken with this lens mounted on a D90 camera. It gives a nice soft effect as well as the nice doughnut bokeh all over.
My advice, get one, study it and enjoy it for its low price, minimum weight and unique bokeh. I know I won't be selling mine.
All the best,