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10-03-2009, 08:16 AM   #1
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Soligor C/D lenses

Just bought a Soligor C/D 135mm 2.8 k mount lens new in box. Anyone have a Soligor C/D lens? If so, post some photos and your experiences. Cheers.

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I have a Soligor C/D 28mm f/2.8 in M42 mount. Very well built but I haven't tested it much yet. I'll take it out later if the rain stops.
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Hey Matt, did you get a chance to test the 28mm? Anyone else with Soligor C/D experience? Unfortunately I have the lens in Australia and won't be able to use it until January 10th when I go back.
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I had a M42 C/D 2.8/28mm briefly, and it was ok but nothing special. I've also had a Komine-made Soligor C/D 2.5/90mm macro in K-A mount and a M42 C/D 2.8/55mm. The 90mm goes to 1:1 and is the same lens as Vivitar/Elicar/Panagor 90mm macro. The 55mm goes to 1:2 on it's on but usually comes with a "1:1 converter" which is actually just an extension tube with matching looks. I think this 55mm has been also sold under the Sears brand.

Both these macro lenses were very nice but I don't miss them because I now have the the Vivitar 2.8/100mm macro (which I'm not selling).

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Sounds like the Soligor C/D lenses are nothing special...maybe a waste of $ on the 135mm 2.8 k mount I bought. Anyway, I look forward testing it out.
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My brother has a 70-205 Soligor zoom, the build quality is nice, but optically its a piece of crap. The lens is really heavy and it came with the original case, so we were joking around if someone tries to steal the camera just smack em on the head with that lens
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In short, you are wrong that Soligor C/D is nothing special.
It is something similar to Vivitar Series I, so it is their top lenses.
But as Vivitar, Soligor is brand name, not manufacturer.
So you must look at particular glass.
Some glass are very good.
You could look at 80-200 and 80-210 zooms with quite fast F3.5 aperture.
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In the hey day of Miranda, stock lenses were Soligor.

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QuoteOriginally posted by tr13 Quote
In short, you are wrong that Soligor C/D is nothing special.
It is something similar to Vivitar Series I, so it is their top lenses.
But as Vivitar, Soligor is brand name, not manufacturer.
So you must look at particular glass.
Some glass are very good.
You could look at 80-200 and 80-210 zooms with quite fast F3.5 aperture.
I hope your're right as I did read that the Soligor C/D lenses were comparable with the Viv S1's. Bust since it's hard to find much info on them I thought they were not popular.
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QuoteOriginally posted by figmental1978 Quote
I hope your're right as I did read that the Soligor C/D lenses were comparable with the Viv S1's. Bust since it's hard to find much info on them I thought they were not popular.
Soligor was popular back in the day, but the parent company (Allied Impex?) went bankrupt in the mid-1970s. Lenses were sourced from from a variety of manufacturers (Komine, Tokina, Tamron, etc.) with quality equivalent to contemporary Vivitar models.

Here is a recent post with a photo from a 250mm Tele:
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-slr-lens-discussion/31353-off-brand-club-33.html#485
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Soligor 28mm C/D

Sorry to pull a Lazarus; I know how some people get annoyed at posts to old threads even when its the right place to post.

So i was searching the net looking for anything on the Soligor 28mm 2.0 C/D Lens, and found this, but like people in this thread have mentioned, there is not much info about any of the Soligor C/D lenses online..
They sold some pretty good glass.
I Have a Soligor 35-140mm that I love to use with B&W film. It takes fantastic photos. The center is always sharp but with color film, at the 35mm FL there is notifiable Color shift around the edge, about 10% of the frame, that doesn't go away till zoomed almost to 50mm. On a cropped sensor digital tho, it does not matter.
So I can understand the need to find info on any Soligor lens before one purchases it .. My Soligor 35-140MM F3.5 cost me just ten dollars with shipping about ten years ago, but this 28mm I'm looking at now, is well over one hundred dollars.
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I like my old Soligors, and 5 out of the 13 I have are CD Range lenses; some fixed and a couple of zooms. The CD lenses are all very good, and most of the other Soligors are decent lenses - except for one 35mm which I believe to be misaligned.
The CD's are nicely made and optically very good. The CD 70-210 / 3.5 is as good as both of my Vivitar Series 1 70-210's ( both Komine ) but it is a bigger and heavier lens. My CD 28 / 2 is my 'go to' lens for my Minolta's, I prefer it to the Rokkor 28 / 3.5 and not just for the extra speed, I rarely shoot wide open.
They were sold in competition to Vivitar's Series I lenses, if you can find the prices they sold for back in the day they were cheaper than the Vivitar Series 1 lenses, but they still weren't cheap.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Lloydy Quote
I like my old Soligors, and 5 out of the 13 I have are CD Range lenses; some fixed and a couple of zooms. The CD lenses are all very good, and most of the other Soligors are decent lenses - except for one 35mm which I believe to be misaligned.
The CD's are nicely made and optically very good. The CD 70-210 / 3.5 is as good as both of my Vivitar Series 1 70-210's ( both Komine ) but it is a bigger and heavier lens. My CD 28 / 2 is my 'go to' lens for my Minolta's, I prefer it to the Rokkor 28 / 3.5 and not just for the extra speed, I rarely shoot wide open.
They were sold in competition to Vivitar's Series I lenses, if you can find the prices they sold for back in the day they were cheaper than the Vivitar Series 1 lenses, but they still weren't cheap.
Thank you. Yea my Soligor 35-140mm lens is heavy too; one pound. The 28mm I am looking at is also in MD mount.. Like most of my Film camera lenses are. It is good to know that it's a good lens worth looking in to. Now I just have to find one at a reasonable price.
Can I ask what you paid for yours or what you thing a reasonable current price should be?
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I'm a cheap b********! I buy cheap lenses at charity shops and camera fairs, but I always try to buy lenses in good cosmetic condition. I think I paid about 5 ( UK Pound ) for the Soligor CD 28 / 2 as it was was really dirty. But it cleaned up and is unmarked. I will strip a lens to clean fungus and relube, I get some nice stuff by picking through the crap other people pass by.
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Like the Vivitar Series 1 (at least the early Series 1 lenses), there seem to be a few gems among the Soligor C/D lenses but there is no comprehensive source of information. I've tried the 60-300/4-5.6 (made by Tokina) which is pretty sharp for a 5x zoom (and quite cheap these days). The 20/2.8 is probably worth trying, too.

Some of the Soligor C/Ds are quite special, like this one:


https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-slr-lens-discussion/233415-soligor...m-f-2-3-a.html

If you can get them cheaply, the C/D lenses are probably all worth a try.


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