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(FT3) Coming soon: A mirror tele lens from Panasonic?

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That is a surprise! One of our very good sources just told us that Panasonic is developing a new 500mm mirror(reflex) tele lens! UPDATE: The source doens’t know if that lens will be announced within 2011. The picture I posted above shows the Minolta 500mm reflex. According to the source Panasonic is working with some of the minolta specialist that made that lens. The Panasonic version will have AF (autofocus), O.I.S. (in lens stabilization) and be smaller than the Minolta version. What I don’t know is if there is really a “market” for such a lens. That’s why I added a poll at the bottom of the post to ask you if you would be interested in buying such a lens. And if you know more about that lens drop us a line at 43rumors@gmail.com or use the contact form on the right sidebar. Thanks!

For reference:
– The Minolta 500mm lens is out of production. You can get it for $500-$700 at eBay (Click here to see the current lens auctions).
– The new verison of the Minolta lens is the Sony 500mm f/8. Price $750 at Amazon (Click here to see it).
– Opteka offers a 500mm lens with Four Thirds mount. You can get them on eBay (Click here) or Amazon (Click here).

Would you buy the Panasonic 500mm mirror lens?

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