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Lens Kalimar 60-300 mm f/ 4.5-5.6

Andreas Lindemann :: 01.01.2015 12:37:51

Germany, Northern Hessen
lvl. 7 (Lens-Guru)

Lens Kalimar 60-300 mm f/ 4.5-5.6
Format: 35mm SLR

Type: Zoom lens

Focusing: Auto Focus (AF)

Lens mounts: Sony A / Minolta A, Nikon F (FX, DX)

First year of production: 1999

Optical scheme: 13 elements in 9 groups


Focal lengthMax. apertureMin. apertureBladesMin. Focus (m.)Filter Ø (mm.)Weight (gr.)Height (mm.)
60mm - 300mmf/4.0 - f/5.6f/2261.4567700120


Andreas Lindemann :: 01.01.2015 12:53:05

Germany, Northern Hessen
lvl. 7 (Lens-Guru)

This lens was branded under several different names: Cosina, Promaster, Vivitar, Soligor, Tokina, etc. Look at My lens is a Soligor copy (built in 1988) with Minolta A-mount, called: "AF 60-300mm F4-5.6 licensed by Minolta". This lens has a rod drive for Autofocus, which is very loud. Its body is all metal - built like a tank! The optical quality is good - nice colors.

Andreas Lindemann :: 01.01.2015 18:55:11

Germany, Northern Hessen
lvl. 7 (Lens-Guru)

also look at or

Denisoliver :: 02.01.2015 06:13:21

lvl. 2 (Lens-Adept)

Yes, this lens was branded under several different names, but there are many variations too from AF/MF to various degrees of coatings, weight, size, etc. Would be interesting to have a comparison of all these ...

The Soligor MF MC C/D-version has been tested by the renowned German fotoMagazin 07/1988 (Note: super; Optik 9.2, Mechanik 9.0) against competitors from Nikon, Canon and Minolta and -surprise!- it won. Furthermore there are results from a testing by a German optics institute available, see All of these confirm the by brand name unusual high quality of this lens.

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