I mounted the Soligor 500mm mirror on the Sony A700 using the Minolta AF-Olympus OM Bower adapter. The Soligor is a T-mount lens, but I’ve been using it with an Olympus T-mount for so long, the ring is hard to get off. I just mounted the Minolta AF mount adapter right on to the lens and then mounted it on the A700.
The light was poor, and since I was shooting in Manual Mode, I was using ISO 200. The slow shutter speed I was using was no help. Even though the image stabilization helps out, I’d recommend that with the 500mm lens, a shutter speed of at least 1/250, even with the anti-shake. The bokeh from the lens did not show the characteristic mirror lens “donut” shape, but that’s because the overcast sky and diffuse light didn’t have any bright spots or highlights.
The pictures aren’t great, but I hope to do better the next time. If we keep in mind that the Soligor C/D 500mm has an apparent focal length of 750mm on the Sony A700, just being able to hand-hold the camera and lens is remarkable. On a bright day with a higher ISO setting, I’m sure that I can get better results.
Photographed with a Sony Alpha 700 dSLR and Soligor C/D 500mm f/8 mirror lens 1/80 at f/8, ISO 200m White Balance at Cloudy.
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