Robin Smith , Jul 23, 1999; 03:57 p.m.
I have always assumed that Soligor were Japanese and they were definitely cheap and not very good. I had a 35 f2.8 which was OK but definitely not world class optics. They used to produce a lot of screw mount lenses back in the late 60s to mid 70s. Tamron and Vivitar stole their thunder in the mid to late 70s. I suspect that they were a marketing brand and used generic Japanese lenses to make up a line (i.e like Tokina, Kiron etc. etc.) German optics, that is Zeiss, Schneider, Rodenstock they are most definitely not.