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Tamron SP 350mm f/5.6 mirror lens


  • this is a very popular and now expensive mirror lens
  • this super telephoto lens introduced in 1979 is a catadioptric mirror lens, and as with all such mirror lenses, share the following characteristics:
    • manual focus
    • fixed aperture (in this case f/5.6)
    • 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


  • 350mm focal length and field of view (7.3°) at infinity focus
  • fixed f/5.6 aperture
  • 7 lens elements, 4 groups (BBAR multicoated)
  • closest focus 1.1m giving 1:2.5 macro
  • 82mm filter thread + 30.5 mm rear filter
  • 86mm diameter, 79mm long and 577g
  • adaptall II lens mount


photo/tamron350mmf5.6.txt · Last modified: 2014/05/17 22:40 by gary1

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