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LENS PORN: Soligor C/D 300mm f/5.6 T-Mount Mirror Lens (KOMINE)

Soligor C/D 300mm f/5.6 T-Mount Mirror Lens (KOMINE)
Soligor C/D 300mm f/5.6
T-Mount Mirror Lens (KOMINE)



The Soligor C/D 300mm f/5.6 T-Mount Mirror Lens will open up a new world of telephoto love for you. I choose mirror lenses over the long counterparts because images are always free from any color fringing or chromatic aberration, plus they are also very light and tiny to fit my tiny bag! Another advantage to the small size is that it is less prone to wobble than the long counterparts.




Mirror lenses are also very popular because of their rounded 'donut bokeh' and shimmering backgrounds that look very pleasing compared to ugly hexagonal shapes from others. It should create interesting effects when used for landscape and portraiture (see my samples).

Imagine, 500mm mirror lenses were originally made for full frame cameras. So 300mm mirror lenses on APS-C will give you the same field of view.

This lens, when focused precisely (and many people bitch about blurry photos because they don't know how to focus manually) -- will show you sharp and crispy photos.

The only limitation with mirror lenses is that their aperture are fixed at one stop (here, at f/5.6 only). But that's what the shutter speed and ISO buttons in your camera are for. Contrast is also soft as you can see in my shots, but they look pleasing somehow. Believe me, it's easier to correct this than correcting color fringing and CA's from the longer lenses.

If you ever encounter reviews or forums bitching about the limitations of mirror lenses, just ignore them because they are nothing but pixel-peeping lazy assholes who probably can afford to buy autofocus ED telephoto lenses that cost USD1,000 thus the snobbery, or they are simply idiots who don't know anything else aside from sharpness and contrast.

Btw, I've been looking for them for quite a while, and their rarity makes them hard to find. Fortunately, I found a batch of them in need of little restoration and I now have myself one of my dream lenses!




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SPECS

Soligor C/D 300mm f/5.6

Manufactured by 
KOMINE

Years Produced:
1977-1985

C/D = Computer Designed 
Soligor's premium lenses

Material: 
Anti-reflective Multicoated Glass

Mount: 
T-mount 
(flange distance = 55.00mm)

Minimum Focusing Distance: 
2.5 meters

Focus Throw:
180 degrees

Filter Thread Size: 
72mm (front)
30mm (rear)

Aperture:
Fixed at f/5.6

Made In Japan

Soligor C/D 300mm f/5.6 T-Mount Mirror Lens (KOMINE)












Soligor C/D 300mm f/5.6 T-Mount Mirror Lens (KOMINE)

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Samples

Shot with Nikon D5200
All samples natural and unenhanced!













The bridge was wobbly where I took this shot.


Soligor C/D 300mm f/5.6 T-Mount Mirror Lens (KOMINE)

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Links

Soligor C/D 300/5.6 Photo Album

Video

Lenstoration

Shootout Day 1

Shootout Day 2

Review

Soligor Serial Number Database


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