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    Are there any mirror lenses with a very high quality? Sometimes I wish I had a compact 500mm lens that I can carry in my camera bag instead of carrying a steamer trunk... unfortunately most mirror lenses are neither sharp nor do they have a lot of contrast which adds to the basic disadvantages of such a design like 'no aperture, donut bokeh, no AF' etc.

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    What about a Nikon 400mm f/5.6 on an adapter? Not 500mm, not AF, but a good long lens for a nice price. I would not even bother with the adapter, personally, and just get another body. In that case, there is the Canon 400mm f/4.5 as well.

    The Mamiya 500mm sounds like a good option, but will it have the resolution of a lens made for 4x5 format? I don't know.
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    I use a Nikon 300mm f2.8 AI-ED with a Nikon TC-301 2X converter on my Olympus Digital bodies. The Nikon lenses are easily adapted to work manually on a Canon EOS mount. You can often find the Nikon manual 300mm f2.8 lenses for under $1000. I luckily found one with a busted auto-diaphragm (which isn't used anyways in these manual adaptations) for $320.

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