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04-10-2012, 10:19 AM   #1
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Soligor 70-160 & 75-205 kinda fast (3.5) zooms - worth a try?

Does anyone have experience with the fixed 3.5 aperture Soligor manual zooms? I'm looking at the 70-160 (Find Soligor C/D 70-160mm F3.5 f. Pentax K on eBay Global Buying, with worldwide deals on items in all your top categories) and 75-205 (Find Soligor 75-205mm 1:3.5 MACRO f. Pentax PK on eBay Global Buying, with worldwide deals on items in all your top categories) ones...

I know they're cheap, but are they any good? Also, any technical info would be gladly appreciated.

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04-10-2012, 11:18 AM   #2
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Zooms with fixed maximum apertures (like these f/3.5's) are usually better than similar zooms with floating max-apertures like (f/3.5-f/5.6's). Soligor's C/D series was their premium line, like Vivitar Series 1 and Tokina ATX. I don't recognize either of these lenses, but I'd say that the C/D 70-160 is worth the price. I've seen zooms similar to the 75-205 for much less in M42 mount. You might check eBay COMPLETED LISTINGS for these and similar zooms to see whether the prices are reasonable for you. Good luck!
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I've had the Soligor 75-205/3.5 in Canon FD mount ages ago, I didn't think it was anything special but back in those days I wasn't so anal about IQ, resolutions or such. I was just glad to have a camera and a couple of lenses to play with. For the price quoted in the above link, there are better lenses to be had. Tamron SP 19AH, 70-210/3.5 (Tamron SP Adaptall-2 70-210mm F/3.5 Model 19AH) could be obtained for about the same amount with a PK/M mount. Pm me if you are interested.

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