Overview of MC SOLIGOR C / D ZOOM + MACRO 80-200mm 1: 4.5 (N / AI)

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MC SOLIGOR C / D ZOOM + MACRO 80-200mm 1: 4.5

MC SOLIGOR C / D ZOOM + MACRO 80-200mm 1: 4.5

In short

MC SOLIGOR C / D ZOOM + MACRO 80-200mm 1: 4.5 - old telephoto lens with manual focus. The lens uses a PUSH-PULL (trombone) design. Not bad at open apertures, but has poor glare resistance and a little yellowing of the picture. There is a 'macro mode' at 80mm focal length with a magnification of 1: 4, which is very good.

Attracts with a constant moderate relative aperture over the entire range of focal lengths and low cost

MC SOLIGOR C / D ZOOM + MACRO 80-200mm 1: 4.5

MC SOLIGOR C / D ZOOM + MACRO 80-200mm 1: 4.5


The history of this lens and its lineup is unknown to me. Most likely for Soligor, this lens was made by someone else. Who has the exact data, please write about it in the comments.

MC SOLIGOR C / D ZOOM + MACRO 80-200mm 1: 4.5

MC SOLIGOR C / D ZOOM + MACRO 80-200mm 1: 4.5

Main technical specifications MC SOLIGOR C / D ZOOM + MACRO 80-200mm 1: 4.5 (N / AI)

Name of instances from review Near the front lens'MC SOLIGOR C / D ZOOM + MACRO 80-200mm 1: 4.5 ø55 No.382514110 ′. '80 -200mm Lens Made in Japan 'case in white lettering. N / AI from the bayonet side.
Basic properties
  • N / ai (Nikon Aautomatic Indexing) - lens for Nikon cameras, automatic transmission and reading of aperture value
  • CD (Computer Designed [?] Compact Design) - premium lens from Soligor
  • MC (Multi Coating) - multi-illuminated optics
  • ZOOM + MACRO - zoom lens + macro mode
  • MF (MAnnual Pass Focus) - manual focus only
  • Non-g (Non gelded) - presence of a diaphragm control ring, automatic aperture control
  • Design PUSH-PULL
  • FX (for Nikon FX) - Lens designed for full frame Nikon FX cameras
  • Metal case
Front Filter Diameter 55 mm
Focal length 80-200 mm EGF for Nikon DX cameras is 120-300 mm
Zoom ratio 2.5 x
Designed by for Nikon film cameras with a Nikon F mount. At the same time, there were modifications for many other mounts
Number of aperture blades 6 straight (not rounded) petals
  • marking on the focus / zoom ring with focusing distance in meters and feet
  • depth of field scale for F / 22 and F / 11
  • infrared mark (red arc)
  • ring with aperture values, there are marks for F / 4.5, 5.6, 8, 11, 16, 22, you can set one intermediate value between pairs of numbers (except for F / 4.5-F / 5.6 and F / 16-F / 22)
  • values ​​for focal lengths 80, 100, 120, 135, 160, 200
  • bayonet mount mark (on the bayonet side a small red stripe)
  • Macro pointer
  • magnification markers 1:10, 1: 6, 1: 4
Diaphragm over the entire range of focal lengths from F / 4.5 to F / 22.

The lens has an aperture ring (Non-G - lens type).

MDF (minimum focusing distance)
  • 2 meters in normal mode
  • 0.2 in macro mode, the maximum coefficient of increase in this case is 1: 4
The weight 500 grams (measured)
Optical design 12 elements in 9 groups, diagram drawing not found
Lens hood Screws into the thread of the front filter
Period Since about 1981
Manufacturer country LENS MADE IN JAPAN (Lens made in Japan).
Price New do not sell. In a variant B. at. about 50 cu

Prices for modern Nikon lenses can be found here.

The review shows the MC SOLIGOR C / D ZOOM + MACRO 80-200mm 1: 4.5 for Nikon cameras, it is an AI lens and can be easily mounted to any modern Nikon digital camera with interchangeable lenses.

MC SOLIGOR C / D ZOOM + MACRO 80-200mm 1: 4.5

MC SOLIGOR C / D ZOOM + MACRO 80-200mm 1: 4.5

Assembly, control, focus

Lens body made with high quality. The piston ring is rubberized, wide and comfortable. During focusing and changing the focal length, the rear lens of the lens remains stationary. When changing the focal length, the lens length does not change.

One ring is responsible for focusing and changing the focal length. To change the focal length, pull or push the piston ring, to focus - rotate it. MC SOLIGOR C / D ZOOM + MACRO 80-200mm 1: 4.5 uses'reversible PUSH-PULL'- the maximum focal length value is available when the piston ring is closest to the camera mount.

MC SOLIGOR C / D ZOOM + MACRO 80-200mm 1: 4.5, despite being a telephoto lens, uses small filters with a diameter of only 55 mm.

Focus ring MC SOLIGOR C / D ZOOM + MACRO 80-200mm 1: 4.5 rotates approximately 90 degrees in normal focus mode.

It's important: the lens has macro modewhich is only available at 80mm focal length. To use this mode, at the 80 mm focal length position, align the 'Macro->' mark with the orange triangle arrow (install MDF), after which the piston ring should be pulled a little more towards the front lens, it will move and reveal a scale with a magnification factor. The MDF in this state is only 20 cm. When the focusing ring enters the orange macro zone, it becomes impossible to move the piston to change the focal length. To change the focal length, you should leave the orange zone (align the 'Macro->' mark with the orange triangle arrow) and move the piston towards the mount. In macro mode, the focus ring rotates approximately 45 degrees.

During focusing, the front lens rotates and extends forward. On the case there is a focus distance scale, a depth of field scale (in the form of blue stripes) and a label for working in the infrared spectrum. When you change the focal length, the focus goes a little off.

Unfortunately, the lens changes the focal length under the weight of its own piston. Effect spontaneous piston movement the copy from the review is not very pronounced.

How to use Nikon manual lenses (such as this one without CPU and with manual focus) on any modern Nikon interchangeable lens digital camera described in the section 'manual optics'.

MC SOLIGOR C / D ZOOM + MACRO 80-200mm 1: 4.5

MC SOLIGOR C / D ZOOM + MACRO 80-200mm 1: 4.5

Image quality

Unfortunately, the MC SOLIGOR C / D ZOOM + MACRO 80-200mm 1: 4.5 cannot boast of good image quality. Despite the good sharpness, the lens has low contrast and multi-illuminated optics do not help him. In addition, the lens is very afraid of flare when working in backlight and side light. And the worst part is that the lens gives off a yellow-green tint with which the automatic white balance Modern cameras do not always do well.

MC SOLIGOR C / D ZOOM + MACRO 80-200mm 1: 4.5

MC SOLIGOR C / D ZOOM + MACRO 80-200mm 1: 4.5

Sample photos on Nikon FX

Sample photos with RAW source files helped me make a photographer Natalya romanenko (instagram). Convert RAW source files with Nikon D700 the original Nikon Capture NX-D v 1.4.6 utility.

Download RAW c source photos Nikon D700 can at this link (35 files, 500 MB). Please note that the maximum aperture of F / 4 instead of F / 4.5 was mistakenly set in the camera menu, because of the aperture value on all source RAW files, they have a small error.

And a few examples on Nikon D3200:

MC SOLIGOR C / D ZOOM + MACRO 80-200mm 1: 4.5

MC SOLIGOR C / D ZOOM + MACRO 80-200mm 1: 4.5

All Original Similar Nikon FX Telephoto Lenses

Below is a list of all Nikon Nikkor telephoto lenses without high aperture and with auto focus support:

  1. Nikon AF Nikkor 70-210mm 1: 4, 1986-1987
  2. Nikon AF Nikkor 70-210mm 1:4-5.6, 1987-1993
  3. Nikon AF Nikkor 75-300mm 1:4.5-5.6, 1989-1998
  4. Nikon AF Nikkor 80-200mm 1:4.5-5.6D, 1991-1999
  5. Nikon AF Nikkor 70-210mm 1:4-5.6D, 1993-2000
  6. Nikon AF Micro Nikkor 70-180mm 1: 4.5-5.6D ED, 1997-2005
  7. Nikon AF Nikkor 75-240mm 1:4.5-5.6D, 1999-2000
  8. Nikon AF Nikkor 70-300mm 1:4-5.6D ED, 1998-2006
  9. Nikon AF Nikkor 70-300mm 1:4-5.6D, 1998-2006 (?)
  10. Nikon AF Nikkor 70-300mm 1:4-5.6G, from 2000 to 2014, black or silver
  11. Nikon AF S Nikkor 70-300mm 1:4.5-5.6G ED VR IF SWM, from 2006 to 2017
  12. Nikon AF S Nikkor 70-200mm 1: 4G ED SWM VR IF N Nano Crystal Coat, from 2012 to the present day
  13. Nikon AF-P Nikkor 70-300mm 1:4.5-5.6E VR ED, 2017 to present

The names of the lenses are indicated according to their spelling on the case.


MC SOLIGOR C / D ZOOM + MACRO 80-200mm 1: 4.5 classic telephoto PUSH-PULL bygone days. There are a lot of similar lenses on the secondary market, most often they can be found under some strange and little-known names.

From many other similar lenses, the MC SOLIGOR C / D ZOOM + MACRO 80-200mm 1: 4.5 is distinguished by the presence of a rather functional macro mode at 80 mm focal length, which allows you to shoot at a maximum magnification of 1: 4.

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Comments: 30, on the topic: Overview of the MC SOLIGOR C / D ZOOM + MACRO 80-200mm 1: 4.5 (N / AI)

  • alexey_laa

    I recently bought a Soligor (SOLIGOR TELE-AUTO 1: 2.8 f = 135mm) and found out something about these lenses. The first three digits of the serial number are the manufacturer and the year of manufacture, ie “382” is the manufacturer of Sun Optical and the year of manufacture 1982. Soligor appeared as a trademark for the American Allied Impex Corporation, which has been used since 1956 for lenses and cameras imported from Japan.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Thank you

  • Rodion

    Akhova color rendition, of course, by taking photos from the light and by examples. But the picture is no worse (if not better) than the recent Nikkor E.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Almost all old televisions 4-4.5 70-80-200-210 have a similar picture

  • Alexey

    I'm old and grouchy :) Why consider this when you can find autofocus 80-200 2.8 for both systems for sane money? Which is beautiful for everyone (again, for both systems).

    • Pokemon

      Canon 80-200 / 2.8L is almost impossible to find in good condition across the Russian Federation.
      Such lenses are sold only on occasion and, like the Canon 28-70 / 2.8L, they need to be checked very carefully for sticking / mold / mildew and they are often crumpled hard and poorly focusing at extreme focal lengths. These are often poorly repaired lenses. If you can find it in good condition across the Russian Federation, it's from $ 600.
      In this regard, the motorless Nikkor 80-200 / 2.8 was more fortunate. I did not see patients with a fungus.
      The extreme version has the same unsatisfactory motor as the 28-70 / 2.8D.

      • Alexey

        I bought the Magic Drainpipe more than once. In Russia, the price is 25-27 thousand rubles. Fully operational. And I didn’t write about 28-70 2.8, it is known that the first gluing is cloudy. Well, Nikkor 80-200 2.8 I have a second version, single-ring. Dismantled, blew, cleaned, greased. No complaints. Bought for $ 200 quite a while.

        • Pokemon

          For 25k, now 80-200 / 2.8L can not be bought in good condition in the Russian Federation.
          In the trash, yes.

          • Alexey

            bought last year.

      • Alexey

        If you need a service manual for such a Nikkor, I can give it.

      • koba

        Maybe this information will be useful to you - I checked with my seller in China, and it turned out that at the moment there are 3 such Canon 80-200L in state 98 (by weight China!), But they really cost $ 600, or even 620 turns out in terms of dollars. Nikon 80-200 / 2.8 iii in state 98 costs no more than $ 400 and at the moment there are more than 15 copies.

        • Pokemon

          "At the moment there are 3 such Canon 80-200L in state 98 (by weight China!)"
          To all of China? Impressive.
          In principle, what I wrote above ...

          • koba

            It is the weight of China, it is easy to check here, nothing is even easier ... You yourself can easily check which lenses are currently in the offer for the whole of China ...

  • Aries

    Manufacturer's codes for Soligor:

    First number = manufacturer, second number = decade, third number = year

    5 =? (Possibly Samyang)
    6 = Komine
    8 = ???
    9 = Kino (Kiron)

  • Aries

    Soligor is a brand name since 1993. Developed, Manufactured and Traded in JAPANESE LENSES
    in Europe then And the USA. The company was established in 1967 in Germany by the American company Allied Impex Corporation and was originally called AIC Phototechnik GmbH.
    The company received its modern name in 1993.

    The prefix SOLI- comes from the concepts of solidity, excellence and reliability, and -GOR is a suffix for optical products. Consequently, SOLIGOR is reliable, high quality optics

    C / D Series Premium Lenses all Excellent.

    There was also a C / D Pro series with a red “P” on the decorative ring, it had such monsters as 135/2 and 100/2, excellent 35/2 and 28/2. These episodes were made mainly by Tokina and Komine.

    • koba

      Soligor 135/2 with a m42 threaded mount mount costs $ 300, that is, it is not a cheap lens at all, and very rare, found only one offer in all of China. I wonder why they ask so expensive?

      • Ivan

        Because it is rare.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Soligo Soligoru strife. There are decent ones, there are mediocre lenses, there are simply terrible ones.

      • koba

        Just looked at his number, it starts with 1, that is, it turns out Tokina made a 135/2 lens for Soligor, large and metal, 135 F2 at that time? Yes, and now they were from a series of super professional ones, there are excellent examples at the lens-club, most likely the lens is good, especially since all the advanced technologies are usually used in the production of such lenses. But by the way, another lens is being discussed here, which costs less than $ 50 and it would be better not to have it than to have it, anyway, besides occupying a place, it will not give anything else. Regarding this soligor, the matter is the price, so the old and excellent Nikon 80-200 / 4.5 of the first version, with 15 elements inside, which is valued for its bokeh and optical performance (the next versions too), can sometimes be bought for the same the price is made like a tank and even sharper than many modern vaunted lenses, as Rockwell found out from a field comparison. It usually costs up to $ 70.

  • Alexander

    I had such a lens. In 2012, he came from the states for very little money, rubles, it seems, for 1600. My first zoom telephoto.
    Everything in the review is true. The contrast is terrible, the sharpness is also, the closer to 200mm, the worse.
    What I liked about him - quite comfortable focusing, a nice elastic band on the focusing ring, and the constructive - it's all so iron)).
    Sold in a couple of years.

  • Eugen

    Even the top-end and initially very expensive Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T * 28-85 mm f / 3.3-4 C / Y has a “spontaneous piston movement effect”. It seems that this is the norm at the time.

  • Nath

    I shot with Soligor and I can say the following - for those who like to see distant objects close up, it is an ideal option. I liked the maneuverability of the lens - you can shoot the same object from a distance and close up. Perhaps the lens is not quite contrasting, but it is just good for getting a soft picture (for example, when shooting flowers, the background is soft and the picture is generally harmonious)

  • bewilderment

    In 2020, a fully manual dark zoom without sharpness, color reproduction and normal enlightenment. It is necessary for a special subtle mockery of the victim, which is forced to shoot him. It is also convenient for artists in Photoshop, like a coloring book - a picture can be drawn using obscure contours and a hint of color, very convenient, like with the G-44

  • gogen

    Thanks to the blog author for reviewing inexpensive manual lenses. Not everyone, like some of the above unsubscribed "specialists", can afford a fleet of expensive optics. These reviews are especially useful for those who are just starting their acquaintance with manual glasses. After all, until you know what “bad” is, you will not understand what “good” is))). And there is very little adequate information in the net.
    Continue in the same spirit!

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Thank you :)

  • andrud

    I took one today for $ 25, including shipping, only Tokina 86th year. I liked.

  • andrud

    after developing the norms color, IMHO

  • andrud

    the lens itself

  • andrud


  • andrud

    Processing - only autocontrast and resizing

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