|FD||The lens is designed for Canon 35mm film SLR cameras with Canon FD mount.|
|n||(Unofficial acronym) A new generation of FD series lenses without the breech-lock ring.|
|Maximum format:||35mm full frame|
|Mount and Flange focal distance:||Canon FD [42mm]|
|Diagonal angle of view:||5° (35mm full frame)|
|Lens construction:||6 elements - 3 groups|
|Number of blades:||-|
|Closest focusing distance:||4m|
|Maximum magnification ratio:||1:7.14 at the closest focusing distance|
|Focusing method:||<No data>|
|Focusing modes:||Manual focus only|
|Manual focus control:||Focusing ring|
|Maximum diameter x Length:||⌀90×146mm|
|Filters:||Removable front filters are not accepted|
|Additional features:||Drop-in filter holder (34mm)|
|Lens hood:||Built-in telescopic round|
|Teleconverters:||● Canon Extender FD 1.4X-A → 700mm F/11.2|
|● Canon Extender FD 2X-A → 1000mm F/16|
This mirror-reflex lens is unique in several aspects. It is extremely compact and lightweight, making it a pleasure to use - even hand-held. Its special catadioptric design reduces chromatic aberration to a minimum. Because of its portability, it is exceptionally well suited for outdoor sports photography, wildlife and nature photography. Other unique characteristics make it valuable for special effects photography. Fixed aperture.
This lens employs the catadioptric system which is a combination of reflex mirror and lens. Its overall length is 146mm and it weighs only 710 grams. This weight is equivalent to that of an ordinary 200mm lens, revealing how compact this 500mm telephoto lens is.
Extensive research resulted in a highly compatible relationship combining the ideal mirror and lens shape and composition to improve spherical aberration and astigmatism that normally arise from the reflex mirror optical system.
For this reason, the pictures obtained have very high contrast and sharpness.
The front group focusing system is incorporated to shorten the closest focusing distance and to control aberrations which arise from changing the focusing distance. Drop-in type filter with a holder is used and the filter can be replaced without having to remove the lens from the camera, a unique feature for the 500mm mirror lens.
This lens features the unique characteristics of its catadioptric mirror-reflex design. It has no chromatic aberration, no dispersion, and spherical aberration and curvature of field are reduced to a minimum; it promises super sharpness over the entire image throughout its focusing range. Despite its extra 200mm in focal length, it is very nearly as compact and lightweight as the FD 300mm F/5.6 and just as suitable for hand-held shooting. Its portability, easy handling and fixed F/8 aperture make it perfect for outdoor sports and nature photography. The rings it forms in out-of-focus areas of the image, which are unique to lenses of its type, are a special asset to individual expression.
The Canon Reflex Lens 500mm f/8 is a super telephoto mirror lens. Its comparatively lightweight, compact design makes it easy handholdable and particularly suitable for photographers on the move - photojournalists, sports, stage and nature photographers. It is also very effective in creative work.
This lens has all of the advantages of a mirror lens. Chromatic aberration, which is often difficult to correct in conventional glass super-telephoto lenses, is reduced to a minimum for extra sharp images. Since all colors are positioned very closely on the film plane because of its catadioptric configuration, there is no need to adjust the focus with infrared film. A front-group focusing system enables close focusing with a minimum of lens extension. In addition, it features Canon's Super Spectra multi-layer coating on all lens surfaces while electrostatic black flocking on the inner barrel surfaces prevents internal reflections. As a result, the Reflex 500mm f/8 is characterized by excellent resolution and contrast, effective aberration correction over the entire image and good image quality throughout its focusing range.
This new mirror-reflex lens is so compact and light that many photographers will prefer it to larger, but less powerful telephoto lenses. Optically, it is superb, focusing past infinity (for use in extremely cold weather) and featuring Super-Spectra Coating for flare reduction.
Measuring just 5 3/4 inches in length, this high-powered lens can travel anywhere. And, it's light enough to be used hand-held or on a monopod at higher shutter speeds.
Special Canon 34mm ND filters are inserted into a special filter slot at the rear of the lens for exposure adjustment, as the reflex design does not incorporate a diaphragm. A tripod socket is provided, and this new lens features a new system that allows it to be mounted or removed from Canon SLR bodies with a simple, bayonet-type action.
distant subjects, distant landscapes with perspective compression effect, wild nature, travel
|8||RMC Tokina 500mm F/8||1984 ●|
Among autofocus lenses designed for 35mm full-frame mirrorless cameras only. Speed of standard and telephoto lenses is taken into account.
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A lens based on design principles used in large astronomical telescopes. It is a combination of mirror and lens elements. Incoming light is reflected twice on the mirror surfaces, resulting in compactness of the lens barrel and light weight relative to the focal length.
To adjust image brightness, neutral density or other filters are used, because lenses of this type are not equipped with diaphragms.
Sharpness of the focused image is unsurpassed because of the use of reflecting surfaces which do not cause any chromatic aberration.
Taken with this type of lens, the subjects in the out-of-focus range may appear as blurred rings or separate blurred lines.
A technology used for reducing or even eliminating the effects of camera shake. Gyro sensors inside the lens detect camera shake and pass the data to a microcomputer. Then an image stabilization group of elements controlled by the microcomputer moves inside the lens and compensates camera shake in order to keep the image static on the imaging sensor or film.The technology allows to increase the shutter speed by several stops and shoot handheld in such lighting conditions and at such focal lengths where without image stabilizer you have to use tripod, decrease the shutter speed and/or increase the ISO setting which can lead to blurry and noisy images.
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A drop-in filter holder with a neutral filter comes with the lens. The holder accepts 34mm filters. The filter holder must be always in place because the filter is a part of the lens optical system.
Lens name as indicated on the lens barrel (usually on the front ring). With lenses from film era, may vary slightly from batch to batch.
Format refers to the shape and size of film or image sensor.
35mm is the common name of the 36x24mm film format or image sensor format. It has an aspect ratio of 3:2, and a diagonal measurement of approximately 43mm. The name originates with the total width of the 135 film which was the primary medium of the format prior to the invention of the full frame digital SLR. Historically the 35mm format was sometimes called small format to distinguish it from the medium and large formats.
APS-C is an image sensor format approximately equivalent in size to the film negatives of 25.1x16.7mm with an aspect ratio of 3:2.
Medium format is a film format or image sensor format larger than 36x24mm (35mm) but smaller than 4x5in (large format).
Angle of view describes the angular extent of a given scene that is imaged by a camera. It is used interchangeably with the more general term field of view.
As the focal length changes, the angle of view also changes. The shorter the focal length (eg 18mm), the wider the angle of view. Conversely, the longer the focal length (eg 55mm), the smaller the angle of view.
A camera's angle of view depends not only on the lens, but also on the sensor. Imaging sensors are sometimes smaller than 35mm film frame, and this causes the lens to have a narrower angle of view than with 35mm film, by a certain factor for each sensor (called the crop factor).
This website does not use the angles of view provided by lens manufacturers, but calculates them automatically by the following formula: 114.6 * arctan (21.622 / CF * FL),
CF – crop-factor of a sensor,
FL – focal length of a lens.
A lens mount is an interface — mechanical and often also electrical — between a camera body and a lens.
A lens mount may be a screw-threaded type, a bayonet-type, or a breech-lock type. Modern camera lens mounts are of the bayonet type, because the bayonet mechanism precisely aligns mechanical and electrical features between lens and body, unlike screw-threaded mounts.
Lens mounts of competing manufacturers (Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sony etc.) are always incompatible. In addition to the mechanical and electrical interface variations, the flange focal distance can also be different.
The flange focal distance (FFD) is the distance from the mechanical rear end surface of the lens mount to the focal plane.
Lens construction – a specific arrangement of elements and groups that make up the optical design, including type and size of elements, type of used materials etc.
Element - an individual piece of glass which makes up one component of a photographic lens. Photographic lenses are nearly always built up of multiple such elements.
Group – a cemented together pieces of glass which form a single unit or an individual piece of glass. The advantage is that there is no glass-air surfaces between cemented together pieces of glass, which reduces reflections.
The focal length is the factor that determines the size of the image reproduced on the focal plane, picture angle which covers the area of the subject to be photographed, depth of field, etc.
The largest opening or stop at which a lens can be used is referred to as the speed of the lens. The larger the maximum aperture is, the faster the lens is considered to be. Lenses that offer a large maximum aperture are commonly referred to as fast lenses, and lenses with smaller maximum aperture are regarded as slow.
In low-light situations, having a wider maximum aperture means that you can shoot at a faster shutter speed or work at a lower ISO, or both.
The minimum distance from the focal plane (film or sensor) to the subject where the lens is still able to focus.
The distance from the front edge of the lens to the subject at the maximum magnification.
Determines how large the subject will appear in the final image. For example, a magnification ratio of 1:1 means that the image of the subject formed on the film or sensor will be the same size as the subject in real life. For this reason, a 1:1 ratio is often called "life-size".
Provides highly accurate diaphragm control and stable auto exposure performance during continuous shooting.
The diaphragm must be stopped down manually by rotating the detent aperture ring.
The lens has two rings, one is for pre-setting, while the other is for normal diaphragm adjustment. The first ring must be set at the desired aperture, the second ring then should be fully opened for focusing, and turned back for stop down to the pre-set value.
The lens features spring mechanism in the diaphragm, triggered by the shutter release, which stops down the diaphragm to the pre-set value. The spring needs to be reset manually after each exposure to re-open diaphragm to its maximum value.
The camera automatically closes the diaphragm down during the shutter operation. On completion of the exposure, the diaphragm re-opens to its maximum value.
The aperture setting is fixed at F/8 on this lens, and cannot be adjusted.
As a general rule, the more blades that are used to create the aperture opening in the lens, the rounder the out-of-focus highlights will be.
Some lenses are designed with curved diaphragm blades, so the roundness of the aperture comes not from the number of blades, but from their shape. However, the fewer blades the diaphragm has, the more difficult it is to form a circle, regardless of rounded edges.
At maximum aperture, the opening will be circular regardless of the number of blades.
Excluding case or pouch, caps and other detachable accessories (lens hood, close-up adapter, tripod adapter etc.).
Excluding case or pouch, caps and other detachable accessories (lens hood, close-up adapter, tripod adapter etc.).
For lenses with collapsible design, the length is indicated for the working (retracted) state.
A rubber material which is inserted in between each externally exposed part (manual focus and zoom rings, buttons, switch panels etc.) to ensure it is properly sealed against dust and moisture.
Lenses that accept front mounted filters typically do not have gaskets behind the filter mount. It is recommended to use a filter for complete weather resistance when desired.
Helps keep lenses clean by reducing the possibility of dust and dirt adhering to the lens and by facilitating cleaning should the need arise. Applied to the outer surface of the front and/or rear lens elements over multi-coatings.
Lens filters are accessories that can protect lenses from dirt and damage, enhance colors, minimize glare and reflections, and add creative effects to images.
A lens hood or lens shade is a device used on the end of a lens to block the sun or other light source in order to prevent glare and lens flare. Flare occurs when stray light strikes the front element of a lens and then bounces around within the lens. This stray light often comes from very bright light sources, such as the sun, bright studio lights, or a bright white background.
The geometry of the lens hood can vary from a plain cylindrical or conical section to a more complex shape, sometimes called a petal, tulip, or flower hood. This allows the lens hood to block stray light with the higher portions of the lens hood, while allowing more light into the corners of the image through the lowered portions of the hood.
Lens hoods are more prominent in long focus lenses because they have a smaller viewing angle than that of wide-angle lenses. For wide angle lenses, the length of the hood cannot be as long as those for telephoto lenses, as a longer hood would enter the wider field of view of the lens.
Lens hoods are often designed to fit onto the matching lens facing either forward, for normal use, or backwards, so that the hood may be stored with the lens without occupying much additional space. In addition, lens hoods can offer some degree of physical protection for the lens due to the hood extending farther than the lens itself.
Teleconverters increase the effective focal length of lenses. They also usually maintain the closest focusing distance of lenses, thus increasing the magnification significantly. A lens combined with a teleconverter is normally smaller, lighter and cheaper than a "direct" telephoto lens of the same focal length and speed.
Teleconverters are a convenient way of enhancing telephoto capability, but it comes at a cost − reduced maximum aperture. Also, since teleconverters magnify every detail in the image, they logically also magnify residual aberrations of the lens.
Scratched lens surfaces can spoil the definition and contrast of even the finest lenses. Lens covers are the best and most inexpensive protection available against dust, moisture and abrasion. Safeguard lens elements - both front and rear - whenever the lens is not in use.