Soligor 135mm f/2.8. If you’re looking to purchase this lens I always check Adorama and Ebay for good deals. It helps me if you purchase it through one of these links here in this review. When you purchase through these links it financially enables me to devote time to develop this site further. Thanks for the help! -Todd
15.0 oz (424g)
Built in Retractable
Rubber on Metal.
5 feet (1.5 meters).
6 blades stopping down to f/22.
My copy came in Nikon Non Ai Metal Mount.
f/2.8: It’s very soft with very low contrast, lots of spherical and chromatic aberration, and a little coma.
f/3.5: Sharpens up a tiny bit with still low contrast and lots of spherical aberration.
f/4: Sharpens up a tiny bit but still not too good. Has low contrast and still a fair bit of spherical and chromatic aberration. The lens is sharper but with the haze you would think it is still soft.
f/8: Sharpens up quite a bit with great contrast but still a little spherical aberration and the chromatic aberration is still hanging around.
A little bit of vignette at f/2.8 which seems to stay at f/3.5 and starts to disappear at f/4 and almost gone at f/8
The blur is ok, but not amazing and a bit distracting.
This is the best feature of the lens as its very straight with a low level of pincushion distortion.
On MF Camera
Optics: ★ ★
Mechanics: ★ ★ ★ ★
Ergonomics: ★ ★ ★ ★
Usefulness: ★ ★
Availability: ★ ★
Overall: ★ ★
On AF Camera
Ergonomics: ★ ★
Overall: ★ ★
Out of 5
I was expecting better results being a Soligor. The best features are the build with the retractable lens hood and low distortion. I would not suggest this lens for portrait work unless you want soft, dreamy results for some artistic portrait work or something. By f/8 it’s decent but still not the most amazing lens.
One thing to keep in mind is that my copy was a non Ai version so if you are planing to use it on a Digital body it will bind on the aperture ring. To use it on a Nikon Digital body you need to have it Ai converted. If you plan on using it on a Canon Digital body with an adapter it will click on perfectly with no problems. There could possibly be Ai versions.
If you stumble upon one for cheap then sure it’s fun to try and not too bad at f/8.
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