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01-09-2013, 06:07 PM   #1
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Soligor 35mm f2.8 (M42)

Has anyone out there got one of these, and if so, care to comment/share some images in the Lens Sample section? I came across one today but on searching the forum could find nothing.

Cheers, thanks for your help.

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It might be a Tokina made lens, a lot of Soligors were made by them. I have a Bushnell 35mm f2.8 that is made by Tokina, also sold under Vivitar, Super Lentar and Anasuma, among many other brands. I like it a lot, it has good color and contrast, and the sharpness is very good beyond f4.

The only real drawback I've found is the very odd aperture blade shape. I found this picture that shows them well, if yours has blades like this there is a very good chance yours is the Tokina also.

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I'll have a look next time I'm by the shop.. thanks for the tip (I figured it was made by some one else).
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Soligor Codes

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 #

Code system. First number = Maker.
Second number = Decade
Third number = Year

*Six digit lens date code unknown.

# Letter code lens date code unknown.

That is pretty much the best thinking on Soligor serial number codes.

The 'CD' line of Soligors were the better ones, direct competition to the Vivitar Series 1. There are many good Soligors, and a few that are junk, but out the dozen or so I've got only one is junk and I think that is actually faulty - decentered element. A few are very average lenses, but the rest range from decent to very good.
The 35 / 2.8 that I have, in M42, is the best Soligor I have, it's actually one of the best lenses I have in that 'wide' range, and is easily comparable to the legendary Vivitar Close Focus 28 / 2.8.






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