Elicar 300-600mm F4.1-5.7 V-HQ IF ED Macro Specifications
analog/digital limited (dumb mount - aperture priority or manual modes only)
Diagonal Angle of View:
7.6° - 4.1°
Number of Aperture Blades:
450cm (55cm in Macro mode, which is only available at the 300mm zoom position)
floating elements, manual only
2013 by Tapak
A first handmade working prototype was presented at Photokina 2010, which already must have featured the macro mode (same max. magnification). Although announced for serial production within the same year Tapak continued to improve the optical and physical design until 2012, when an early production sample was presented at Photokina again. Features that had changed until then included aperture sizes (initially F4.5-6.3 open with a max of F45), the filter thread (105mm) and physical length and weigth (405mm, 3000g). The official announcement (at least for outside of Japan) took another year. The lens never made it to Europe by means of regular distribution. It appeared in Komamura's Falcon Eye brochure in 2014, while the 2015's version goes without.
The lens features a huge tripod mount (as the prototype did).
The product brochure refers to a round iris pattern, which at least was not the case with the sample presented at Photokina 2012 (featured a star type iris instead).