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REVIEW: Soligor 35mm f/2.8

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Posted by Bengt Köhler Sandberg 2014-06-10

Soligor 35mm f/2.8 (M42)

Specs:

Focal length:
35mm
Weight:
230g
Aperture:
f/2.8 to f/22
6 bladed aperure
Auto or Manual
Mount:
M42
Closest Focus:
0.5m (1.7ft)
Covers:
Standard 35mm film size
(24×36 mm negative)
Filter Size:
55mm



Preset aperture version
Soligor 35mm f/2.8 (M42)

Can't see any difference with the image quality and the preset aperture is a 6 bladed as the auto aperture ver.
Think this also used 55mm filter but I'm not a 100% there.


Image quality


Analogue B&W film
Soligor 35mm
                                                      f/2.8 (M42)
Soligor 35mm
                                                      f/2.8 (M42)
Soligor 35mm
                                                      f/2.8 (M42)
Soligor 35mm
                                                      f/2.8 (M42)
Soligor 35mm
                                                      f/2.8 (M42)
Soligor 35mm
                                                      f/2.8 (M42)
Soligor 35mm
                                                      f/2.8 (M42)
Soligor 35mm
                                                      f/2.8 (M42)
Soligor 35mm
                                                      f/2.8 (M42)
Soligor 35mm
                                                      f/2.8 (M42)
Soligor 35mm
                                                      f/2.8 (M42)
Soligor 35mm
                                                      f/2.8 (M42)



Bokeh
Soligor 35mm
                                                      f/2.8 (M42)
Soligor 35mm
                                                      f/2.8 (M42)
Soligor 35mm
                                                      f/2.8 (M42)
Soligor 35mm
                                                      f/2.8 (M42)



Digital
Soligor
                                                          35mm f/2.8
                                                          (M42)
Download full size image. Here
f/2.8 - f/4 - f/5.6 - f/8 - f/11 - f/16 - f/22

Youtube clip showing test images above in 100% cropped at center and corner.
These are also in there original res.

Soligor 35mm f/2.8
                                              (M42)



Bokeh
Soligor
                                                          35mm f/2.8
                                                          (M42)
Soligor
                                                          35mm f/2.8
                                                          (M42)
Soligor
                                                          35mm f/2.8
                                                          (M42)
Soligor
                                                          35mm f/2.8
                                                          (M42)
Soligor
                                                          35mm f/2.8
                                                          (M42)
Soligor
                                                          35mm f/2.8
                                                          (M42)
Soligor
                                                          35mm f/2.8
                                                          (M42)


Flare / Backlight
Soligor 35mm
                                                      f/2.8 (M42) Soligor 35mm
                                                      f/2.8 (M42)
Soligor 35mm
                                                      f/2.8 (M42) Soligor 35mm
                                                      f/2.8 (M42)



Extra Sample
Soligor
                                                          35mm f/2.8
                                                          (M42)
Soligor
                                                          35mm f/2.8
                                                          (M42)
Soligor
                                                          35mm f/2.8
                                                          (M42)
Soligor
                                                          35mm f/2.8
                                                          (M42)
Soligor
                                                          35mm f/2.8
                                                          (M42)
Soligor
                                                          35mm f/2.8
                                                          (M42)
Soligor
                                                          35mm f/2.8
                                                          (M42)
Soligor
                                                          35mm f/2.8
                                                          (M42)
Soligor
                                                          35mm f/2.8
                                                          (M42)
Soligor
                                                          35mm f/2.8
                                                          (M42)
Soligor
                                                          35mm f/2.8
                                                          (M42)
Soligor
                                                          35mm f/2.8
                                                          (M42)



Filming
Soligor 35mm 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 quite good center sharpness but also very noticeable corner softness.
Stop it down a bit and you can get some very nice quality pictures.
Also like how it renders with quite good contrast and bokeh.
Flares and backlight are maybe not the best but still okay.

The closest focus of 0.5m (1.7ft) are a bit less impressive for the focal length.

But overall a nice lens.


Thumbs up:
Image quality (mostly stopped down)
Renders, Bokeh
Build quality

Thumbs down:
Corner softness
Closest Focus: 0.5m (1.7ft)


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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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