I am one who has never used a reflex lens on a camera before. Could you modestly elucidate on the eccentricities of such a design? I would assume that distortion and flare could be a problem, but I'm just guessing.
They're very compact and light due to the light entering through a donut shaped front element, reflecting off a donut shaped mirror at the back of the lens, and then back off a mirror in the middle of the front, back towards the sensor/film. This makes a lens that would otherwise physically be 300mm long only 100mm long.
However, this creates a few problems - donut shaped bokeh being the main one, and also an inability to stop the lens down due to the middle of the aperture being unavailable. So, this lens has both a maximum and minimum aperture of f6.3. Also reflex lenses are almost never able to AF - not that Samyang like to offer that feature anyway. I think the Minolta 500mm Reflex lens is the only one which offers AF.
I'd like to know what the transmission of reflex lenses are with part of the light being blocked out - a normal f6.3 lens would be likely to have a transmission around T6.6 or so - would a lens such as this one be nearer to about T8.0?