Soooo….Kalimar 500mm mirror lens…we meet again…
Not exactly a grab-it-n-go piece of equipment, while I am definitely a grab-it-n-go type of photographer. Although the Kalimar is relatively small & lightweight (mine looks exactly like this), it really ain’t happy being hand-held, and if you don’t have a tripod (as I don’t) it will whine like a spoiled teenager — easily jostled by the most mundane things: me breathing, a light breeze, bird wings flapping somewhere in the distance, an ant sneezing underneath a rock…
It has a fixed aperture of F8, which can be challenging, to say the least. Really? I’m stuck with that? Crikey.
With its preference for a tripod and its fixed aperture, it’s a lens that is really meant for shooting wildlife, nature, and sporting events (although, to be honest, I can’t see how it could succeed at a football or basketball game. Or hockey. Or soccer. Or anything that involves people moving quickly and vibrations on the ground. Maybe rowing?) Reading up on it, it seems to be a rather “soft” lens anyway — i.e., even with a tripod or some other support, you might not get the sharpest pictures.
Still, this being a lens that obviously doesn’t suit me means that I will actively force it to do things my way, show it who’s boss, regardless of the results.
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Kalimar Cowboys 1, 3, 2, c. 2012
Kalimar Dotted Socks, c. 2012
(In terms of distances in these shots, I’m gonna guess @ 75-80 ft for the first one, and maybe 18 ft for the rest.)