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REVIEW: Soligor 28mm f/2.8

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Posted by Bengt Köhler Sandberg 2014-06-21

Preset ver
Soligor 28mm f/2.8 (M42)

Specs:

Focal length:
28mm
Weight:
195g
Aperture:
f/2.8 to f/16
6 bladed aperure
Preset
Mount:
M42
Closest Focus:
0.3m (1ft)
Covers:
Standard 35mm film size
(24×36 mm negative)
Filter Size:
52mm


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Soligor 28mm f/2.8 (M42)

Focal length:
28mm
Weight:
255g
Aperture:
f/2.8 to f/16
6 bladed aperure
Auto or Manual
Mount:
M42
Closest Focus:
0.4m (1.3ft)
Covers:
Standard 35mm film size
(24×36 mm negative)
Filter Size:
62mm



These two ver have much the same image quality.
Most test pictures was taken with the preset ver.

Image quality


Analogue B&W film
Soligor 28mm
                                                      f/2.8 (M42)
Soligor 28mm
                                                      f/2.8 (M42)
Soligor 28mm
                                                      f/2.8 (M42)
Soligor 28mm
                                                      f/2.8 (M42)
Soligor 28mm
                                                      f/2.8 (M42)
Soligor 28mm
                                                      f/2.8 (M42)
Soligor 28mm
                                                      f/2.8 (M42)
Soligor 28mm
                                                      f/2.8 (M42)
Soligor 28mm
                                                      f/2.8 (M42)
Soligor 28mm
                                                      f/2.8 (M42)
Soligor 28mm
                                                      f/2.8 (M42)
Soligor 28mm
                                                      f/2.8 (M42)
Soligor 28mm
                                                      f/2.8 (M42)
Soligor 28mm
                                                      f/2.8 (M42)
Soligor 28mm
                                                      f/2.8 (M42)



Bokeh
Soligor 28mm
                                                      f/2.8 (M42)
Soligor 28mm
                                                      f/2.8 (M42)
Soligor 28mm
                                                      f/2.8 (M42)
Soligor
                                                          28mm f/2.8
                                                          (M42)

Soligor
                                                          28mm f/2.8
                                                          (M42)



Digital
Soligor
                                                          28mm f/2.8
                                                          (M42)
Download full size image. Here
f/2.8 - f/4 - f/5.6 - f/8 - f/11 - f/16

Youtube clip showing test images above cropped at center and corner.
These are also in there original res.

Soligor 28mm f/2.8
                                              (M42)



Bokeh
Soligor
                                                          28mm f/2.8
                                                          (M42)
Soligor
                                                          28mm f/2.8
                                                          (M42)
Soligor
                                                          28mm f/2.8
                                                          (M42)
Soligor
                                                          28mm f/2.8
                                                          (M42)
Soligor
                                                          28mm f/2.8
                                                          (M42)
Soligor
                                                          28mm f/2.8
                                                          (M42)
Soligor
                                                          28mm f/2.8
                                                          (M42)
Soligor
                                                          28mm f/2.8
                                                          (M42)
Soligor
                                                          28mm f/2.8
                                                          (M42)


Flare / Backlight
Soligor 28mm
                                                      f/2.8 (M42) Soligor 28mm
                                                      f/2.8 (M42)
Soligor 28mm
                                                      f/2.8 (M42) Soligor 28mm
                                                      f/2.8 (M42)



Extra Sample
Soligor
                                                          28mm f/2.8
                                                          (M42)
Soligor
                                                          28mm f/2.8
                                                          (M42)
Soligor
                                                          28mm f/2.8
                                                          (M42)
Soligor
                                                          28mm f/2.8
                                                          (M42)

Soligor
                                                          28mm f/2.8
                                                          (M42)



Filming
Soligor 28mm f/2.8
                                            (M42)



Build quality

Both of these versions are well made and has a solid quality feel.


Conclusion

Image quality wide open has some noticeable glow and a lot of vignetting.
Sharpness is not too bad but the focal plane are quite curved and you usually get soft corners.
So all that is maybe not the best from a technical point of view.
But this can give a vintage look to the images which I find very nice sometimes.
However this can of course also be a problem if you don't want that.
Stopped down you can get some nice quality pictures but a little of the corners softness never disappears.

Bokeh looks mostly good but flare and backlight are not the best unless you're looking for much of that.

It has it's pros and cons so maybe not a lens for everyone.
But overall I find this to be a quite nice one.


Thumbs up:
Image quality stopped down
Image feel wide open
Bokeh
Build quality

Thumbs down:
Corner softness
Glow wide open
Flare / Backlight


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Technical Info

Analogue
Camera: Chinon CEII Memotron
Scanner: Plustek OpticFilm 7600i
Film: AGFA CINEREX (X-ray film)
Developer: Kodak Xtol

Digital
Canon 500D with lens mount adapter
Auto White Balance and ISO 100

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