So Free is Free, I guess.

Tom C cakaltm at
Sat Oct 3 13:44:06 EDT 2009

It might be useful for telephoto shots where focus is at infinity,
otherwise the little rings will probably become annoying... or
artistic depending on you POV.


On Sat, Oct 3, 2009 at 10:34 AM, P. J. Alling
<webstertwentysix at> wrote:
> I tend to be the guy that everyone thinks of when they get an unknown piece
> of photo gear.  I have a collection of crappy $2.00 garage sale cameras that
> various friends and acquaintances have gifted to me, after finding them
> forgotten in a closet, basement or attic.  I figure I'll eventually throw
> most of them out, as most have cloudy lenses or stuck shutters, (and I have
> enough working Krappy Kameras that I never use).  Sometimes I'll even turn
> down a gift if the Camera in question is too good, a nice Spotmatic comes to
> mind.  I'd never have used it, I barely use the Spot F and ESII I have, and
> I hoped the gifter would actually load up a roll of film and maybe shoot
> with it.
> Well to the point.  Yesterday, I was gifted with a Kalamar 500mm mirror
> telephoto lens.  It's probably a crappy lens, but at least it mounts on my
> K20D unlike the Vivitar S1 600mm.  It's raining today so I haven't had a
> real chance to test the thing, but even without high expectations, free is
> free and on the plus side, the build level is more than adequate.
> --
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> drinking; he can ruin himself with gambling. If he does he is certainly a
> damn fool, and he might possibly be a damned soul; but if he may not, he is
> not a free man any more than a dog.
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