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Owner reviews: Carl Zeiss Mirotar 500 mm f/ 4.5 C/Y
Incredible sharpness, even illumination and great contrast.
Size and weight make this slightly unweildy though the carrying handle helps. A tripod is a must unless you use this with a digital SLR like the Olympus E-M1 III which has sufficient IS to allow this to be used hand-held.
Of course, the bokeh of a mirror lens is an issue for many people but this lens handles it better than most. I have a photo of this lens alongside my Yashica ML 500 f8 - the contrast in size speaks for itself!
This is an amazing piece of optical and mechanical engineering that goes back to the late 1960s and the use of this lens on the Contarex. The mount was adapted to a C/Y mount for use with Contax and Yashica SLRs post-1975 - only 215 were ever built. The Contax 500mm and 1000mm Mirotar lenses are the only ones in the Contax Zeiss range not to have T* coatings, reflecting their earlier Contarex origins.