Tai Shimizu

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Creator of the iOS photography apps Gridditor & Filterstorm, the Mac drawing app Inkist, the Mac HDR app Light Compressor, and the experimental web browser Torii.

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C vs non-C?

What is the difference between C and non-C Nikon 500mm Reflex mirror lenses?

Posted by Jack Kessler (anon) on 2010-06-09 04:51:19.

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The Different Versions

To my knowledge, the Reflex-Nikkor 500s were introduced like this...

- Starting in 1961, a 500 was sold as a 50cm f/5.

- In 1968 they were replaced by an f/8 “500mm”.

- In 1974 the 500s were given the C designation when they were given improved multicoating.

- In 1983 the C version was replaced with the N version, which was smaller, focussed closer, and produced better images.

I’ve owned a C for a few years and use it on my D300. The softness and low contrast don’t bother me at all because these “problems” are so easily corrected in image-editing software.

If you’re interested, I invite you to visit my review of the C version. It’s quite long, and very tongue-in-cheek in places, with sample photos at the bottom. You can find it on my blog here: http://hoaiphai.wordpress.com/2011/10/18/recumbent-review-the-mighty-reflex-nikkor-c-500mm-f8/

Posted by HoaiPhai (anon) on 2011-10-23 01:35:03.
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