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poptom
10-21-02, 11:25 AM
Oooo. I want this:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1391133972

yikes
10-21-02, 02:55 PM
freaking huge! would be nice for $9.99

poptom
10-21-02, 03:25 PM
Originally posted by yikes
freaking huge! would be nice for $9.99
It'll go well into the hundreds anyway. I'm not sure if I'll compete for that yet. I'll watch how it goes, though.

Dakota
10-22-02, 06:16 AM
Here is some more information on that type of lens. Interesting reading while searching. It seems that Perkin-Elmer made these mirror lenses about 30 years ago for the military. They are not well suited to 'normal' photography, but they certainly are interesting.

http://www.luminous-landscape.com/reviews/lenses/solid_cat.shtml

poptom
10-22-02, 10:18 AM
Thanks for the link, Dakota. I'm familiar with the Mak type lens but they didn't interest me when they were introduced. A good friend bought one at the time. I don't need one and have little use for one, just decided I wanted one.

I like the portability so I got one last night:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1391041241

(It'll keep me from spending several times more for a conventional super tellie).

Dakota
10-22-02, 08:11 PM
Congrats! I didn't think it'd go for that much. Let us know how it works out and post some spy photos! ;)

poptom
10-22-02, 08:31 PM
I still have to get a "T" adapter for it. I asked him if he had one and he said he'd look around. He's nearby so I should have it in a day or two.

I think it's time for me to start selling some stuff. I've got a few old collector cameras that should pay for this several times over.

downhill
10-22-02, 10:01 PM
Whoa........NICE!


John's neighbor used to have a lens like that. :D


poptom, I'm with Dakota on this one..you really should post a couple of pics with it.....
Ever get any where near the Riviera?

poptom
10-22-02, 10:19 PM
Originally posted by downhill
poptom, I'm with Dakota on this one..you really should post a couple of pics with it.....
Ever get any where near the Riviera?
Hey! I've got Malibu just a few miles away.

I'll see what I can do.

tHE_0ne
10-24-02, 07:37 PM
pep-tom with that lens

WOWZA ;)

poptom
10-31-02, 12:33 AM
Hey, the lens came this evening and, get this, the guy delivered it personally!

It's only 15 miles from Glendale to Santa Monica but a trip through LA is not something to be taken lightly. I missed him so he left it next door.

It's a beauty. Like a brand new 25-year-old optic. I'll see if I can get some topless beach pix for you. :D

poptom
11-04-02, 12:49 AM
Well, I got a mount for it and fixed it to a camera today. Had to rub some graphite on the rotating tripod mount to free it up. Tried different viewfinders and focussing screens. Plain gound glass works best. It really snaps into focus. By-the-way, it's 600mm. Closest focus is 23'. Add a 29mm extension tube and it comes down to 15'. I'm in the market now for a variable one.

No pictures with it yet but here's a picture of it:

http://img.ranchoweb.com/images/poptom/catlens.jpg

It doesn't have a case so I'll probably make something up. I like ratty looking stuff. My most-used camera bag is made from an old gas mask bag, lined with foam, and it holds a camera and three lenses.

Mr. King
11-10-02, 08:15 PM
Originally posted by poptom
I'll see if I can get some topless beach pix for you. :D

Good luck with the pix!;)

poptom
11-11-02, 08:58 PM
Well, just eyeballing the half moon tonight I find that the infinity stop is not right-on but I think I remember reading that it's a characteristic of this type of lens. It will overfocus so that's OK.

One thing of interest is that my 300mm telly with a doubler (same magnification) is noticeably sharper in the viewfinder. Oh well.

I haven't carried it any further than my patio yet. Need to make up a carrying case first.