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Is Soligor 28-80mm C/D FD mount a decent lens?

Lester Gediman , Nov 18, 2003; 08:36 p.m.

Has anyone owned or used a 28-80 mm C/D FD mount lens? Is it a decent lens? I've asked similar question in other forums and never got a reply. Maybe I'll do better with Camera Equipment Forum. It's the first time I looked at it.

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Art Haykin , Nov 19, 2003; 12:02 a.m.

Soligor has made some respectable lenses, but the only way to determine if yours is satisfactory to YOUR standards is to run a test using various f/stops, zoom settings, and distances.

Lester Gediman , Nov 19, 2003; 07:20 a.m.

Thanks Art, your advice is first rate. I had planned to check out all full f stops, but hadn't thought of doing different zoom settings or at various distances and in its macro range.

I forgot to mention its speed; its f3.5-f4.5 --to distinquish this model from other Soligor 28-80s. External barrel looks to be in mint condition, glass is clear, no wiping marks or fungus. I got the lens in a big swap of photo equipment with a friend, who never used the lens.

The only thing that seems odd is the zoom action seems not to smooth. Maybe it's been stored in a cold place and that effected the lubrication. It's reasonable that a new lens left in its original box for 20 years (I'm guessing its age)is apt not to work as it would as brand new. Or should it?

Lester Gediman , Nov 19, 2003; 07:28 a.m.

Correction! I meant to say I *was planning* to test the macro range.

Art Haykin , Nov 19, 2003; 08:26 a.m.

I have but one Soligor I bought new at dealer's net in the '70's, and used it quite a bit on a K-1000 as a personal lens. It's surprisingly good, and has held up. It's built like a safe, and weighs a "ton." It's a 35-140 f/3.5 Macro Autozoom with a 72mm filter ring. The macro goes down to 1:3. As I recall, it wholesaled for around $300 then. You must test a lens thoroughly to really evaluate it, and don't forget to note if it's stopping down OK.

Lester Gediman , Nov 19, 2003; 11:21 a.m.

Art, What does C/D mean? Mine is not as big a barrel as others I've seen. This one takes a 62mm filter. Macro range is 1:8 to 1:4. I bought a Tokina RMC f3.5-4.3 35-105mm FD new in the 80s and still use it. It takes a 55mm filter and is a fine lens, but not their top of the line.

I "bought" the Soligor blind, thinking it would be lighter than my Tokina. Turns out it is 10gr heavier weighing in at @ 90gr. Height when collapsed is the same. My barter deal was to get credit for camera equipment and/or his repair services (he's very good!) for a load of things I dropped off at his place a few years ago. No money was to be exchanged. The lens was in his current inventory of used equipment and it closed out outstanding credit balance. I knew Soligor wasn't the top brand name, but I've had luck with others of a similar category.

I'll let you know what my test results are. Thanks for info and advice.

Art Haykin , Nov 19, 2003; 12:14 p.m.

Lester: As you may know, Soligor was the official lens for the long defunct Miranda cameras and there's much about them on the net...good, bad, and indifferent. As for "C/D" I'm not sure, but I think it is a model designation. see: www.mirandacamera.com/_lenses/_EE_EC/lenses_EC.htm

Lester Gediman , Nov 19, 2003; 04:20 p.m.

Thanks Art for Miranda URL I'll look at this evening. Another correction: total weight of Soligor lens is 490gr not 90gr as written. How nice it would be if the latter were true.

BTW amongst the many, many cameras that I've owned and *used,* one was a Miranda and I have a close-up self portrait taken with it. I found negs taken with it looked quite good. I used to teach a photography course in a high school during the 70s. I'd pick up cameras in yard sales and have students use them instead of their fancy Nikons, Canons, etc. There were plenty of beauties bought for $10-15. Excellent, well built, rangefinder models with fast lenses. Nobody wanted them, SRLs were hot items of the day.

Art Haykin , Nov 19, 2003; 04:39 p.m.

With a big 72mm 1A filter and a lens shade, my Soligor has GOTTA weigh a kilo. I think it's 13 elements in 10 groups.

Douglas Green , Nov 19, 2003; 06:28 p.m.

C/D was Soligor's designation for their top of the line lenses, similar to Tamron's SP line and Vivitar's Series 1 line. It stood for "Computer Designed". My experience with the line is that they are VERY well constructed, but not as consistently good optically as those premium lenses from Vivitar and Tamron. I had one of those 28-80mm Soligor C/D lenses in Minolta MD mount, and I found it to be very solidly built, but somewhat low contrast (especially at or near wide open) when compared to the Vivitar Series 1 28-90mm and 35-85mm Varifocal lenses.


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