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07-30-2011, 10:31 AM   #1
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Soligor zoom 85-205mm: Worth $20?

Hi,

I've found a Soligor zoom 85-205mm lens on Craigslist. I'm not sure if it's worth it. I haven't seen it yet, but assuming I take a look and it's in good condition, is this lens worth carrying around let alone buying?

I ask because I've read a little about this brand, and it seems generally not well-regarded. But for $20, for my P3, to learn on and get different sorts of shots, it might be worth it. I realize $20 is minimal, but I don't need another thing in my house that I soon need to get rid of.

Thanks for any help you can provide.

Daniel

07-30-2011, 10:58 AM   #2
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I think just about any lens is worth $20, just for the experience. You never know, you might find a niche for it where it gives the results you want. If not, sell it on to someone else. I'd take it for that.
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That's what I was thinking. Even if it's scratched, for instance, I can go all thematic, e.g., "Here are pictures from the future wasteland," or something perhaps less corny.
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Some Soligors are very very good; some aren't. My price rule is: It it costs less than a burger or sandwich, buy it. If it costs more than a fancy extra-large pizza, think hard about it. This one is midway, eh? I'd want to know more about the lens:

* What is its maximum aperture, and is it fixed like f/4, or floating like f/3.5-4/5? Fixed is usually (but not always) better. I'd prefer a f/4.5 to a f/3.5-4.5 lens.

* What is the serial number? This may indicate the lensmaker. If it starts with 28 (Komine), or 22 (Kiron-Kino), or H or 33 or 37 (Tokina-Asanuma), I'd grab it.

Being CL, you'll probably go to pick it up, right? Take a camera, see if it fits and works. And be sure to read the used-lens evaluation guide. Good luck!

07-30-2011, 05:35 PM   #5
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Well, it's a screw-mount lens with an M42-K mount adapter on it. I couldn't get it to fit my P3. I obviously need to do a little bit o' searching, again, about the different mounts. After a few minutes of fussin', he said, "Tell ya what. Why don't you gimme $10 and we'll be done?" I took it. It'll be another learning experience at least (currently working on an '80s steel lugged frame bike as well).

Thanks for the responses, Philoslothical and RioRico.

Daniel
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QuoteOriginally posted by muraii Quote
After a few minutes of fussin', he said, "Tell ya what. Why don't you gimme $10 and we'll be done?" I took it.
Ten bucks? That's the price of a fancy sandwich. You done good!!
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Oh HECK yeah, I did. It came with what I think is a third-party M42-K adapter, which I figured out finally. I don't have the removal tool, but it comes off nicely with a small watch screwdriver. Excellent situation, really.

It's heavy as an F-150, and as slow as a wet paper towel. I think I've got ISO 200 film in, and wide open pointing at my white siding in the full light of a cloudless day, my P3 recommends 1/60th. But I'll finish this film with my other lenses, and start playing with faster film.

It's awesome.
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I've got three Sollys, and I like two of them. The 135 and the 300 are decent lenses, I won't get carried away and call them 'great' because I have Takumars and a Tair in the same range. My 30 Solly is in all honesty a poor lens, but again I'm comparing it to Tak's and Pentacon, and of course the Pentax kit lens.

Enjoy it, it's a $10 lens, shoot plenty and discard the dross.

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Hi,

I've found a Soligor zoom 85-205mm lens on Craigslist. I'm not sure if it's worth it. I haven't seen it yet, but assuming I take a look and it's in good condition, is this lens worth carrying around let alone buying?

I ask because I've read a little about this brand, and it seems generally not well-regarded. But for $20, for my P3, to learn on and get different sorts of shots, it might be worth it. I realize $20 is minimal, but I don't need another thing in my house that I soon need to get rid of.

Thanks for any help you can provide.

Daniel
I am using it with an fl-fed adapter and love it😊
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