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A type of lens that uses mirrors for some of its optical elements.

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Wildlife photography [duplicate]

I'm beginning to get into wildlife photography and am looking for my next lens up from my 55-200mm Nikon. I was looking at the Nikkor 70-300mm. Also during my search I found a vivitar 500mm f/8.0 ...
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The LCD is blank with my 500mm/F8 Nikon mirror lens on my Nikon D200 when I shoot

When I use my Nikon 500 MM mirror lense I do not get a view of my subject through the LCD, I have to use the viewfinder. I would prefer to see the image via the LCD on my D200 before I take the photo ...
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What kind of mirror in a mirror lens?

A normal mirror, that we see for example in an elevator, is a glass sheet with thin metal coating on the backside, so light reflecting from the metal surface goes first thru the glass. Metal mirror ...
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Co-linear dual tripod mount for huge lenses

I am about to buy a fun super-zoom mirror lens which is so long it has its own tripod mount. To protect the camera, I am wondering if there is a mount accessory which will allow for two items to be ...
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Why do mirror lenses have poor contrast?

I was reading this question on mirror lenses and the answers taught me a lot about mirror lenses. It is pretty obvious to me why they have donut bokeh (central obstruction) and why they are fixed ...
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Are mirror lenses good for wildlife photography in daylight?

I've recently seen these Rokinon/Opteka mirror lens with whooping focal length (like 500mm, 600mm, 800mm, 1000mm) at a cheap price. And I have seen some of their same pictures in Flickr and vendor ...
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Are mirror lenses appropriate for DSLR astrophotography?

There's a whole host of inexpensive mirror lenses available in the 500 mm - 800 mm range (this for example). They have slow max apertures (f/5.6-8) and a donut shaped bokeh (not a problem ...
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Cameras using mirrors instead of lenses?

In astronomy, telescopes are most commonly built with mirrors, but there are refractors using lenses. All cameras I know of for Earthly purposes — portraits, landscapes, etc. — use only lenses, not ...