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Re: [OM] Photoessay: OM Zuiko 500mm f/8 Reflex

Subject: Re: [OM] Photoessay: OM Zuiko 500mm f/8 Reflex
From: Moose <olymoose@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 26 Jul 2021 10:29:52 -0700
On 7/26/2021 7:50 AM, Jan Steinman wrote:
From: Moose <olymoose@xxxxxxxxx <mailto:olymoose@xxxxxxxxx>>

On 7/23/2021 11:01 AM, Jan Steinman wrote:
This thing never ceases to amaze me! A hand-held 700mm-equivalent candid 
portrait lens!
... but it's not optically outstanding...

Yes, it's amazingly compact, but not nearly as optically good as the huge older 
Sample variation?

I currently have two. Each of them is markedly better than my 600/6.5.

So, you could have a bum 500/8, or I could have a bum 600/6.5.

No way to tell, really. My 500/8 looks like it just came out of the box, new. 
Bought from JohnH.

My 600/6.5 is, as I've said, a rescue case, not beat up, used, but not abused. They are notorious for vibration effects on sharpness. My test shots were taken on a sturdy carbon fiber tripod on concrete, no wind, A7 using EFC, and I waited a few seconds after focusing and setting aperture before using a remote, wireless release.

It's not like the 500/8 is bad. I find it hard to imagine any practical use where it isn't just fine. But my inquiring mind wanted to know . . .

Pixel Peeping Vagaries Moose

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