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    Quote Originally Posted by cmo View Post
    Interesting... do you remember how the praised Minolta 8/500 was judged? I know for sure the Leitz is identical.
    The were good for mirror lenses.
    The questions is, do you like mirror lenses?

    The Leica versions were made to closer tolerances and/or QC, so some samples could perform better.

    Stll on the subjetc of Leica, the Telyt 560mm (which you evidently already know) and the 400mm are still very effective wildlife lenses (their curvature of field make them less suitable for landscapes and such).
    The Telyt 250mm second version is quite good, *if* you can get a good deal (I paid €300 for mine).
    The Apo-Telyt 280mm 4.0 is still considered the best of the best, but goes for €2000+ used... Maybe a bit much for a lens you'd have to used in manual stop-down mode.
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    As we are on it: Any opinons about the Telyt 4.8/350mm? They seam to be much more reasonably priced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skahde View Post
    As we are on it: Any opinons about the Telyt 4.8/350mm? They seam to be much more reasonably priced.
    They are supposed to be quite good (but not "Apo" good), generally rated similarly to my Telyt 250mm type II.

    If you do find a reasonably priced one, send me a link!
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    I cannot be sure if you consider this offer really reasonable but the "you know who" dealer around the corner of where you are has one on his "you know which" website: Photoaus Collonaden.

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    I have had good results from the $500-600 mamiya 645 500mm f/5.6 lens on my Nikon bodies. It's not much bigger than a comparable 35mm lens. Manual focus though, of course.

    With my apologies for including test digisnaps... here's the scene with a wider lens:

    http://s25.photobucket.com/albums/c7...t=DSCN5422.jpg

    And here's the setup:

    http://s25.photobucket.com/albums/c7...rent=setup.jpg

    And here are some shots from the 500 x-mounted on a little Nikon and with a 2x teleconverter:

    http://s25.photobucket.com/albums/c7...=johndeere.jpg

    http://s25.photobucket.com/albums/c7...rrent=lady.jpg

    http://s25.photobucket.com/albums/c7...tor_action.jpg

    http://s25.photobucket.com/albums/c7...earfar1000.jpg
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    I have the Canon 400 5.6 L and coupled with the Tamron 1.4x TC, all my Canons focus just fine.
    The Tamron converter doesn't report the aperture to the Camera, so the AF system works, while the TTL metering sees F8, so your photos are correct exposed still.

    You may get a little more focus hunting with this combo, but I find it to work very well in normal daylight.

    You will get some vignetting.
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    Douglas Herr does fantastic bird photography with a Leica R system and various Telyts and Apo-Telyts, often with fairly short lenses for this genre, just using really good stalking technique. His website with his portfolio is www.wildlightphoto.com, but I seem to remember he had information about the Leica teles with his own tests and such. They don't seem to have an obvious link on the main page, but a little searching should turn it up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by skahde View Post
    I cannot be sure if you consider this offer really reasonable but the "you know who" dealer around the corner of where you are has one on his "you know which" website: Photoaus Collonaden.
    Thanks.. I've been keeping half an eye on that one since they first offered it (a year ago or more), hoping it would go down...

    I bought my 250 there (as well as more stuff than I care to admit)....
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    I don't use such long lenses very often but I have a few. The last version of the 400/5.6 Vivitar TX is an IF lens and is reasonably sharp. Finding a teleconverter which works well with it will require some experimentation. Not all IF lenses work well with teleconverters. The earlier 400/5.6 Vivitar Fixed Mount lenses are considerably longer. My most valuable 400 is the f/5.6 Konica UC Hexanon. It's a good performer but rare. The lens has a prety long helicoid and I think it focuses to 13 feet. I have an old Minolta close-up lens from the 80-160 Rokkor. It fits the Konica 400 and gets the lens close enough for a tight portrait. While there is certainly a difference in performance between modestly priced and very expensive long lenses, careful attention to reducing vibration can go a long way to minimizing the differences. The 400/5.6manual focus Nikkors can also be a good starting point.

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    Monticello? ? ?




    Quote Originally Posted by keithwms View Post
    I have had good results from the $500-600 mamiya 645 500mm f/5.6 lens on my Nikon bodies. It's not much bigger than a comparable 35mm lens. Manual focus though, of course.

    With my apologies for including test digisnaps... here's the scene with a wider lens:

    http://s25.photobucket.com/albums/c7...t=DSCN5422.jpg

    And here's the setup:

    http://s25.photobucket.com/albums/c7...rent=setup.jpg

    And here are some shots from the 500 x-mounted on a little Nikon and with a 2x teleconverter:

    http://s25.photobucket.com/albums/c7...=johndeere.jpg

    http://s25.photobucket.com/albums/c7...rrent=lady.jpg

    http://s25.photobucket.com/albums/c7...tor_action.jpg

    http://s25.photobucket.com/albums/c7...earfar1000.jpg

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