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Carl Zeiss Contax 500mm f/8.0 Mirotar T* mirror lens

introduction

  • this super telephoto lens is a catadioptric mirror lens, and as with all such mirror lenses, share the following characteristics:
    • manual focus
    • fixed aperture (in this case f/8.0)
    • virtual elimination of chromatic aberration as uses mirror rather than lenses
      • also means focus position for infrared photography is the same as for light photography
    • central mirror:
      • allows much more compact lens length as the optic path is reflected internally twice
      • by necessity, blocks some of the light and thus causes:
        • decrease in image contrast
        • characteristic “doughnut” shaped bokeh imagery in out of focus areas

specs

  • 500mm focal length and field of view (4.9°)
  • fixed f/8.0 aperture
  • 4 groups, 6 elements (including mirror), T* multicoating
  • closest focus 3.5m
  • 82mm front filter thread
  • mm diameter, mm long and 795g (compare this with 255mm and 1.3kg for a 400mm refractor style lens)
  • ~50% heavier and bigger than the Olympus OM 500mm f/8.0 mirror lens

reviews

photo/contax500mmf8.txt · Last modified: 2014/05/17 16:21 by gary1