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02-18-2009, 08:30 PM   #1
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Anyone have any info or experience with a SOLIGOR 180mm f 3.5 threadmount lens?
I have a lead on one, but that's all the info I have at this point.
Won't actually have it in my hands for a few days.

Any thoughts?

02-18-2009, 09:50 PM   #2
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soligar made some great glass at one time.. then they got a new CEO in the early 80s(late 70s) and went down from there.,.
sounds like you can 'try before you buy' and that's what I'd recommend......
if you are looking at this lens range i'd also suggest the vivitar200/3.5 that's about the cheapest with great IQ that you'll run across..
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Here's a discussion of two different 180mm Soligors on MFLenses and both seem to be quite good.
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I recently got a Soligor 200mm f/2.8 in M42 mount. The lens is in pristine condition but I have not taken any shots from it except few product shots. My lens has a serial number starting with 37 and the lens may be related to Tokina as Vivitar brand has serial number starting 37 were manufactured by Tokina.


Soligor 200mm Tele-Auto f/2.8 (m42)



Soligor Tele-Auto f/2.8 MC, 72mm, No 37....




I fell short in showing a picture of the long pin sticking out of the M42 mount. This older M42 lens does't come with a A/M switch. It has a long pin sticking out with the aperture wide open and my K20D body won't depress it to the close down the blades according to aperture stops

I am planning to do some modification to make the lens manual permanently. I researched on various discussions with questions to all my buddies such as Mis, Peter, Frank, and few others from another forums, here is the summary of possible remedies:
  1. Use some way to jam the pin with cotton swap
    - Converting Auto-Aperture M42 Lens to Manual Aperture on Flickr - Photo Sharing!
  2. Crazy clue to press down the pin in position
    - Peter reported success with Helios-44M
    - Unfortunately, my pin is long and the spring seems very strong underneath
    - Subject to glue used, possible to undo the change
  3. Use of Kindai M42 to K mount adapter
    - https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-slr-lens-discussion/46880-helios-44m-5-good-k10d.html
    - thanks to Frank for the subjection

To OP, when you get your lens, make sure you have the A/M switch and you need to have the M switch for the K bodies to work; otherwise, you need to make the changes such as the above.


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QuoteOriginally posted by roy Quote
soligar made some great glass at one time.. then they got a new CEO in the early 80s(late 70s) and went down from there.,.
sounds like you can 'try before you buy' and that's what I'd recommend......
if you are looking at this lens range i'd also suggest the vivitar200/3.5 that's about the cheapest with great IQ that you'll run across..
I can attest to the suggestion of Vivitar 200mm f/3.5, especially those made by Komine starting with serial number 28.


That lens comes in both K and M42 mount. I have the K mount and I wish I have the M42 mount as I don't mind using the M42 adapter. With the M42 mount version of the lens, I can shoot Av mode.
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I have documented my attempt to modify my Soligor 200mm Tele-Auto f/2.8 (m42) to work with the issues with Auto only M42 lens.

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-slr-lens-discussion/51749-m42-auto...ification.html
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