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    Soligor C/D 500mm f8 Mirror Lens With Macro Zone, Both Caps, Shade, Filters & Case

    Soligor C/D 500mm f8 Mirror Lens With Macro Zone, Both Caps, Shade, Filters & Case

    Very nice lens with no problems. Works well in every respect. Very minor finish wear and light soiling on rubber focus grip.

    Price is $ 58.00 (includes USPS shipping) Shipping within the USA only.

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    Pardon my senior moment but what does the C/D refer to? I know in the past I had Soligar lenses that had mount specific adapters. Is this what is referred to? I see that one has a Pentax mount, can it be changed to Nikon? If so how hard is it to find the adapters??
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    That makes two of us that don't know what the C/D designates. As far as mounts...This one comes with a Pentax K mount (sorry, forgot to mention that in the listing). However, it's easy to change and other mounts are available. I think it's called a T4 mounting system. Thanks.

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    This is a "catadioptric" (commonly called a mirror lens) which is probably what the "C/D" means. Most used a T mount; if you can find them, mounts for most cameras should be pretty cheap. I have a Nikon T mount (not for sale) so they were definitely available. The other (lens) end of the mount is a screw thread, but I don't believe it's M42. I think the T4 mount was a bit different as it provided some aperture control, but I could be wrong.

    Since these are fixed aperture (f/8 was most common), there is no aperture or meter coupling required. The 2 neutral density filters pictures will give you f/16 and f/22. They mount at the rear of the lens.
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    Soligor coined the "C/D" tag as an indication that this lens was part of their top-of-the-line lens brand.
    The "C/D" stands for Computer Designed.
    Vivitar had their "Series I", Tamron had their "SP", Tokina had their "AT-X"...all were top-of-the-line lenses.
    The "C/D" had nothing to do with "catadioptric", as many other Soligor lenses were also called "C/D".

    The "T-Mount" was a universal mount invented by Tamron in the late 1950's.
    Originally, the T-mount was strictly manual...no coupling of any sort between the body and lens.
    Then in 1962 came the T-2 mount with the same 42mm thread with a slightly different pitch, still completely manual.
    After that, all hell broke loose with various ingenious and sometime clumsy ways of attaching universal mount lenses, with diaphragm and/or meter coupling, to SLR bodies: Adapt-All, Adapt-A-Matic, T-4, TX, Adapt-All II, Y-S, etc.

    Now, with the use of simple, inexpensive adapters, mirrorless digital bodies are being used with legacy lenses.

    The more things change..........
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    Thanks to all for the added info on this lens.

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    The T mount, or more properly the T2 mount, and the M42 mount have similar diameters, but a different thread pitch. If you force one onto the other, it will ruin both pieces.

    Adapters for both are readily available for most cameras. Some of the older cameras may be harder to find an adapter for, but Canon EF, Nikon, Pentax K, and micro 4/3, are currently in production.


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    REDUCED...$49...SHIPPED!

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    I used to have one of these, and it wasn't so bad (with the usual mirror lens issues--fixed aperture and "donut" out of focus highlights and double-line bokeh, but on the upside, mirror lenses are inherently apochromatic). The main attraction is how compact it is and an easy way to carry a 500mm in your bag. I only sold mine when I got a 600/4.5 refracting lens. At $49, this is a fantastic deal, if you don't happen to have a long tele.

    It still requires a tripod, in my opinion, even though it is handholdable in terms of weight and size. I think this is where mirror lenses get their bad rap--they're so easy to carry, users forget that with such a narrow angle of view, there's no real way to hold it steady below 1/2000 sec or so, and at f:8 that means using a film with a speed of EI 1000 in full sun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David A. Goldfarb View Post
    I used to have one of these, and it wasn't so bad (with the usual mirror lens issues--fixed aperture and "donut" out of focus highlights and double-line bokeh, but on the upside, mirror lenses are inherently apochromatic). The main attraction is how compact it is and an easy way to carry a 500mm in your bag. I only sold mine when I got a 600/4.5 refracting lens. At $49, this is a fantastic deal, if you don't happen to have a long tele.

    It still requires a tripod, in my opinion, even though it is handholdable in terms of weight and size. I think this is where mirror lenses get their bad rap--they're so easy to carry, users forget that with such a narrow angle of view, there's no real way to hold it steady below 1/2000 sec or so, and at f:8 that means using a film with a speed of EI 1000 in full sun.
    I actually had great success hand holding this lens...But was using it on a digital camera with high iso setting...Provided me with some very nice images...I can't believe I'm having to sell it so cheap...Here's a sample below.

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