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06-25-2012, 07:52 PM   #1
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Soligor 135mm F2.8 M42


Anybody have any idea about Soligor 135mm F2.8 and any sample photos taken with this lens.

Thank you.

06-25-2012, 08:02 PM   #2

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There are many different versions. See:
Soligor 135mm f/2.8 Telephoto Lens Reviews - Miscellaneous Lenses - Pentax Lens Review Database
for discussion of some of them.
06-26-2012, 02:20 AM   #3
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Soligors came in many shapes, sizes and from different manufacturers, some were bad, most were good, and some are excellent. In the 135mm I have this version -

Soligor 135mm 2.8 ( M1****** serial number, probably Tokina )

which according to the serial number is made by Tokina. It's a heavy and well made, old thing, but the image quality is excellent, and I like the 'stop down' feature of this series of lenses. There's a big discussion on Soligors in general over on the Manual Focus Forum which is very informative.

The Soligor serial numbers, as best we know, work like this ( the first digit of the lens serial number )
1= Tokina
2= Sun
3= Sun
4= Sun
5= ?
6= Komine
7= Sun
8= ?
9= Kino
31= ?
A= Komura
H4= Kawanon
H5= Komine
H6= Komine
H7= Tokina
H37= Kawanon
M= ?
N= ?
R= ?
T= Tamron
Y= Komura

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06-26-2012, 04:45 AM   #4
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Thank you.

Thank you for the details. What are the better numbers to choose with?

06-26-2012, 06:14 AM   #5
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The word is, the Tokina's, Sun, Komine and the Tamron are the better lenses, I've got 6 Soligors - the Sun 35 / 2.8 is spectacular, Kino 35 / 3.5 is poor, 135 / 2.8 Tokina very good, 200 / 4.5 Tokina also very good and the 400 / 6.3 Kino is good.

In my last post I said the 135 / 2.8 was a Sun lens - it isn't, it's an 'M1*****' serial number and is as far I know the only Soligor with an M prefix, so I'm going on the '1' first numeral and all the traits of Tokina in that period, sorry for the confusion, I was in a rush.

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