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LENSTORATION: Soligor C/D 300mm f/5.6 Mirror Lens by Komine, Stiff Focus Ring and Fungus + First Sample


Soligor C/D 300mm f/5.6 Mirror Lens by Komine, Stiff Focus Ring and Fungus
Soligor C/D 300mm f/5.6 Mirror Lens by Komine,
Stiff Focus Ring and Fungus




July 19, 2017

Yesterday, I received an unexpected gift. It was sold at a very bargain price and the seller was kind to give a free second copy of that lens (missing rear element). This Soligor C/D 300mm f/5.6 Mirror Lens (Komine) is a mirror lens type and is rather rare. Used on APS-C cameras, this lens is effectively 450mm, close to the 500mm mirror lenses originally intended for full frame cameras.

This afternoon, I have just finished servicing the lens. I'm also happy to be able to make the stiff focus ring very smooth as I wish to be. Included in this post is a raw footage of my first shootout today.

Before we go on with the photo study, here's a quick look at the specs:

Soligor C/D 300mm f/5.6

Manufactured By
Komine

Years Produced
1977 - 1985

Focal Length
FX = 300mm
DX = 450mm

Focus Throw
180 degrees (one half circle turn)

Filter Thread Diamter
Front Ø = 72mm
Rear Ø = 30mm

Aperture
Fixed at f/5.6
(Produces the popular 'donut bokeh')

Other Features
C/D = Computer Designed
(their top-notch lenses)
Uses a catadioptric design (aka 'mirror lens')
Multicoated anti-reflective glass
Includes metal lens hood
Small and compact size
Uses T-mount (flange distance = 55.00mm)

Made in Japan


Soligor C/D 300mm f/5.6 Mirror Lens by Komine, Stiff Focus Ring and Fungus
Straight out of the box.


Soligor C/D 300mm f/5.6 Mirror Lens by Komine, Stiff Focus Ring and Fungus

Soligor C/D 300mm f/5.6 Mirror Lens by Komine, Stiff Focus Ring and Fungus

Soligor C/D 300mm f/5.6 Mirror Lens by Komine, Stiff Focus Ring and Fungus

Soligor C/D 300mm f/5.6 Mirror Lens by Komine, Stiff Focus Ring and Fungus

Soligor C/D 300mm f/5.6 Mirror Lens by Komine, Stiff Focus Ring and Fungus

Soligor C/D 300mm f/5.6 Mirror Lens by Komine, Stiff Focus Ring and Fungus

Soligor C/D 300mm f/5.6 Mirror Lens by Komine, Stiff Focus Ring and Fungus
After all the glass elements have been taken out,
I used toothbrush and soap to clean the markings back to white.

Soligor C/D 300mm f/5.6 Mirror Lens by Komine, Stiff Focus Ring and Fungus

Soligor C/D 300mm f/5.6 Mirror Lens by Komine, Stiff Focus Ring and Fungus





After cleaning the lens, I already went out to get my first shots.
It was a hazy late afternoon with no sunshine.
Here is Scene 3, Take 7 from today's shootout...




It was sunny the following day and the colors were better.
Scene 2, Take 5!






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