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04-14-2009, 06:52 PM   #1
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Soligor 70-222mm f/3.5

Well, I got my Soligor in today, and had a little time to test it. To be honest, I'm not really impressed. It does have 1:1.6 macro, which was unexpected, but the images are soft, and there is noticable CA on some test shots. Anyways, here are some pics of it mounted on my K10D. Build quality seems good except for some flex in the macro part.

EDIT- forgot to add, my copy came with a sticky aperature, any way to fix this?

More to come...


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04-14-2009, 10:37 PM   #2
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I had a Soligor that was close to this, an 80-200mm f3.5 C/D in M42 mount. I compared it for sharpness with the Pentax-F 70-210mm f4-5.6 zoom, for a dpreview member who was considering taking his Soligor on a trip or buying the Pentax-F to save weight. The Soligor lost out on sharpness and contrast even when stopped down to f5.6 to match the Pentax, and it was the heaviest M42 lens I've ever used. It wasn't terrible, and it was constant f3.5, but the size is challenging.
04-16-2009, 05:12 PM   #3
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I've had a little more time to test it, and stopped down to about f/8, it is fairly sharp. Nowhere near my M 50mm f/1.7 of course, but decent. The contrast is lacking however. Macro focusing is nice and close (1:1.6 at 222mm), but the pictures seen very soft and except for a razor thin DoF, have a soft glow to them.


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