Soligor 135mm F/2.8 Tele-Auto Vintage Lens

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This little known vintage 135mm telephoto lens is an absolute gem and delivers a shocking amount of image quality. You can anticipate very good sharpness, striking tonal contrast, and very pleasing bokeh.  For a 135mm lens, the f/2.8 aperture offers a razor thin depth of field and with 8 rounded aperture blades the bokeh is pleasing enough even for most bokeh snobs. The build quality is top notch and the manual adjustment rings are smooth as silk and highly precise. That long ring throw comes at the slight cost of slower manual focusing, which might be a turn off to some who are trying to use this for action photography.

 

Soligor 135mm F/2.8 Tele-Auto Vintage Lens at a glance

 

  • Excellent sharpness, colors and contrast
  • Top notch all metal body construction
  • Virtually no barrel distortion
  • Relatively fast and bright f/2.8 maximum aperture allows for shallow depth of field and for good results in low-light photography
  • Quite sharp at center wide open at f/2.8
  • Excellent image compression for a superb bokeh effect
  • Ideal for weddings, portraits, and other close up work

 

Soligor 135mm F/2.8 Tele-Auto Vintage Lens (Images)

 

 

Technical Specifications

 

 

Focal Length (35mm format):135mm
Maximum Aperture:f/2.8
Minimum Aperture:f/22
Mount format:M42 Universal Screw Mount
Format:35mm Film
Angle of View (35mm format):18.2°
Focusing Distance:1.4m to Inifinity
Elements/Groups:5 elements in 5 groups
Number of Blades:8 (rounded)
Focus type:Manual Focus (MF)
Filter size:55mm
Manufacturer:Soligar
Country of Manufacture:Japan
Weight:418g

 

Where to buy

 

You can visit the following affiliate links at  ebay  and Amazon to search for this lens!

 

Equipment

 

The sample images in this post were captured using a Sony A7r, Mark III

The product images were captured using a Samsung Galaxy Note 9

 

SUMMARY & RESULTS

Featuring a superb build quality, good sharpness, a thin depth of field, and dreamy bokeh, it's hard to go wrong with this lens.

3.9

For the price, you'll have a very hard time finding anything even close to this good in the 135mm range

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