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Kaili Kelda mirror lens 500mm

Kauser International
(Code: K128)
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The 500mm f6.3 Kelda mirror lens from Kaili offers advantages over super telephoto lenses in size, weight and, most significantly, price. It contains a combination of lenses and mirrors to form the images.
£ 139.99
620g

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  1. If you have ever lusted after the Canon EF 500mm f4L IS II USM lens then chances are your eyes have also watered at the price of it - at around £9000 (RRP). Even the thought of carrying it at a weight of just over 3kg and length of 383mm is not for the faint-hearted. So we have an alternative for you – a mirror lens. Often dismissed as toys or playthings, we feel this mirror lens is worthy of our attention.

    The 500mm f6.3 Kelda mirror lens from Kaili offers advantages in size, weight and, most significantly, price. It contains a combination of lenses and mirrors to form the image. This design, also employed in the original Canon FD 500mm f8 Reflex lens, folds the light path between two mirrors which reduces the length of the lens assembly. The lens has a fixed aperture of f6.3 and focusing has to be done manually. Minimum focusing distance is two metres. Construction: 7 elements in 6 groups.

    This lens will certainly give you the reach of a super telephoto lens even if it cannot quite match the image quality and contrast, but if you are looking for an inexpensive way to extend your view, this might be a solution for you. Also if you’re prepared to spend a little bit of time post-processing, you can lift the contrast as needed.

    Mirror lenses are like Marmite – you’ll either love or hate the result they can create. They turn background specular reflections into ‘doughnut’ shapes. This is a characteristic of all mirror lenses, but only happens with bright background reflections. If you shoot against darker backgrounds the image appears normal, hence the image of the baby rhino is doughnut-free. For more information on mirror lenses read the article ‘Legacy lenses’ in the April-June 2013 issue.

    Weighs 600g, dimensions 85.4 x 79mm.

    Requires T2 mount to attach to all EOS cameras (available separately – buy with the lens and save £1.99)
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