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    Exclamation The 500mm Reflex Free-style

    Just on a lark, since I had a little sunshine, today, I decided to use my Vivitar 500mm f/8 Reflex (Mirror) lens on my SONY A100, just to see what "Super SteadyShot" could do with it. Normally, handholding a 500mm-anything is a rough go, but here is a sampling of this rather "cheap", long-glass lens tolerating it.

    Taking these with the Canon 20D (non-IS) would have been a mess. Unusable shots. I know, I've tried ... and as a result, I relegated this impossibly "dark" lens to the back of the stack. But here, to my surprise (but not really) the internal stabilization of the SONY A100 made the impossible possible for what would have been dismissed as an impractical lens.

    Imagine ... 500mm at 1/30 sec, handheld! C'mon ... do that with anything non-IS and no support other than your God-given nervous sytem.

    I submit:

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    500mm - f/8 - 1/30 sec. - ISO-100 - Sp - handheld

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    500mm - f/8 - 1/60 sec. - ISO-100 - Sp - handheld

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    500mm - f/8 - 1/30 sec - ISO-100 - Sp - handheld

    Man, the SONY has merit, I'll give it that.
    Last edited by DonSchap; 12-19-2006 at 10:13 PM.
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
    A Photographer Is Forever
    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

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