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That thing is this thing:
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The one above is owned and operated by NASA, and is based at their flight operations facility in El Paso, TX. I talked my way into the place last Thursday for a tour. It was really fascinating. The fascility is basically where all the astronaut's flight training is done.
Here's the rest of the images from the day's tour:
Marriott Lihui Resort pool at dawn this morning.
8 seconds at f8.
Pele - Destroyer and Life-Giver
Hanalei Valley Outlook
This is hand-held with the 500mm f/8 mirror lens. People who say that sharp images can't be taken with a reflex lens are full of merde.
Great composition on that shot. I love it.
Kauai's Napali Coast...
Again, hand-held with the 500mm f/8 mirror lens. Sharpness issues? I THINK NOT!!
Wanted to post this up for all of you. I say give it a shot. I'm going to.
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Also, I was looking at picking up [ame="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00007GQLU/ref=s9_simh_bw_p23_d0_i5?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_ rd_s=gp-center-3&pf_rd_r=18M2F1VG2FWFX9QNBTNH&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p =1289760502&pf_rd_i=502394"]this lens[/ame] and wanted to know if any of you had had any experience with it. Was looking at the 100mm one as well, but based on the 1.6x and some readings of reviews, I think I'm going to go with the 85mm instead. Thoughts?