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LENS RESTORATION: Soligor C/D 80-200mm f/4.5 Macro+Zoom MC


Soligor C/D 80-200mm f/4.5 Macro+Zoom MC
Soligor C/D 80-200mm f/4.5 Macro+Zoom MC



May 27, 2017

The Soligor C/D 80-200mm f/4.5 Macro is a telephoto zoom lens with constant maximum aperture. I bought a Nikkormat FTn in March 2016 and this lens came with it. It also came with a horrible amount of fungus and oil on the glass that should discourage anyone from buying it... but the challenge makes me want to get this lens, I feel compelled.

This lens is special because it is a first in many ways. It was the first zoom lens I had that:
...has a constant maximum aperture
...was a one-touch 'push-pull' design (it was totally new to me!)
...I had to clean for fungus
...I had to open up and study its anatomy; it was so complicated!!!
...took me one day to disassemble and two days to put back together (I almost died!)
...was my first ever Soligor lens (first time I saw/heard it, but I'm a Soligor fan now)

Soligor C/D 80-200mm f/4.5 Macro+Zoom MC



As a newbie back then, 'fungus inside the lens' sounded like a frightening phrase to me. As time passed, it made me bolder the more I understood how fungus affects images. Fungus softens the contrast of the image (mostly), diffuses light (sort of like a built-in soft/diffusion filter), and fortunately in this case, produced a hardly discernible effect on sharpness and clarity (unless you are a pixel peeper).

Actually, there were times that using a lens with fungus had nice effect -- such as when shooting portraiture! So I don't think of fungus and haze as a scary thing anymore. This image was shot with my Zoom-Nikkor 100-300mm f/5.6 Macro, with just as severe fungus infestation as this Soligor.

Zoom-Nikkor 100-300mm f/5.6 Macro




The only thing I really fear is when glass has deep scratch, especially at the center, it will really ruin the image. Such was with my Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/3.5 (AI) with scratches at the rear glass, and Vivitar 28-210mm f/3.5-5.6 (Cosina) with big scratches at the front glass center area.

Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/3.5 AI
Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/3.5 AI



I must say, this Soligor C/D 80-200mm f/4.5 Macro is a great lens. It's very sharp and crisp even with the fungus covering 95% of the glass (you can hardly see through the other end anymore if you peek inside). The only time the fungus blurs the detail is when I zoom in to 200mm, but still, the effect was miniscule and not disturbing.

As mentioned earlier, this was the first zoom lens I took apart. Looking back at all the other zoom lenses I've opened, this Soligor lens was VERY complicated and difficult to service. But my instinct kept pushing me to do so, for the sake of study.

Soligor C/D 80-200mm f/4.5 Macro+Zoom MC

Soligor C/D 80-200mm f/4.5 Macro+Zoom MC

Soligor C/D 80-200mm f/4.5 Macro+Zoom MC

Soligor C/D 80-200mm f/4.5 Macro+Zoom MC

Soligor C/D 80-200mm f/4.5 Macro+Zoom MC
This part here is called the 'barlow'.

Soligor C/D 80-200mm f/4.5 Macro+Zoom MC

Soligor C/D 80-200mm f/4.5 Macro+Zoom MC

Soligor C/D 80-200mm f/4.5 Macro+Zoom MC
Almost done putting it back together.



It took me 2 days to put it back together. I felt heartbroken and silly, but let's think of it as a 'level up' with experience. The images did look brighter, but the most notable improvement was that at 200mm, the images now look crispier with more details.

Soligor C/D 80-200mm f/4.5 Macro+Zoom MC

Soligor C/D 80-200mm f/4.5 Macro+Zoom MC
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Soligor C/D 80-200mm f/4.5 Macro+Zoom MC



LINKS

Soligor C/D 80-200mm f/4.5 Macro

My Review of the Soligor C/D 80-200mm f/4.5 Macro


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