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July 19, 2017: Shootout for the Soligor C/D 300mm f/5.6 (Day 1)


Shootout for the Soligor C/D 300mm f/5.6 T-Mount Mirror Lens By KOMINE
Shootout for the Soligor C/D 300mm f/5.6 T-Mount Mirror Lens By KOMINE



19 July 2017

Yesterday, I have just received my 3 copies of the Soligor C/D 300mm f/5.6 T-Mount Mirror Lens by KOMINE. On DX, 300mm easily becomes 450mm so it's more or less equivalent to the field of view of 500mm mirror lenses originally made for full-frame 35mm SLR's. It was convenient to have a T-mount/Nikon adapter around, so naturally, I went out to shoot today. Hmmm... I really feel apprehensive to go out because it looks gloomy. I only had a few shots, but they pleased me. 

Mirror lenses are special because they're lighter than their 'long' counterparts and they also produce beautiful 'donut bokeh', unlike the ugly hexagonal shaped bokeh made by common lenses. Mirror lenses are also free from color-fringing and any chromatic aberrations.

Left: Tamron 400mm f/6.9
Right: Reflex-Nikkor C. 500mm f/8



The only limitation is that their aperture are fixed, in this case, at f/5.6. But who the hell cares, exposure can also be set with shutter speed and ISO, duh! Since it is lightweight and compact, it easily fits into my tiny bag as another bonus. The benefits far outweigh the only limitation.



Shot with Nikon D5200
Picture Profile - Standard

Soligor C/D 300mm f/5.6 Mirror Lens (Komine)

All photos are natural and unedited.







Shootout for the Soligor C/D 300mm f/5.6 T-Mount Mirror Lens By KOMINE


It's so tiny, it fits in my tiny bag.





It is a great lens for portraiture.
See? I even shot a selfie!







Handheld shooting at Welcome Rotonda footbridge
(the bridge was wobbly!)



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