Review Soligor Tele-Auto 1: 2.8 f = 135mm

For the opportunity Tele-Auto 1: 2.8 f = 135mm lens review many thanks Alexey.

Overview of Soligor Tele-Auto 2.8 / 135

Overview of Soligor Tele-Auto 2.8 / 135

Basic performance characteristics of Soligor Tele-Auto 1: 2.8 f = 135mm
Diaphragm: F / 2.8-f / 22
Focal length: 135 mm
Number of aperture blades: 8 pieces
Front Filter Diameter: 55 mm
Mounting: Nikon F Pre-ai, Lens Made in Japan

My Soligor Tele-Auto 1: 2.8 f = 135mm instance has mounts for Nikon cameras and is Pre-ai lens for Nikon. There is enough many modifications this lens: with a different frame, lens hood, etc.

View of Soligor Tele-Auto 2.8 / 135 on a modern camera

View of Soligor Tele-Auto 2.8 / 135 on a modern camera

Basic about Soligor Tele-Auto 2.8 / 135

  1. Focusing on the lens is very smooth. The focus ring rotates 270 degrees, while the front lens moves forward 2 cm. When focusing, the front lens does not rotate. Easy to use filters. Infinity on the focus distance indicator starts at 20 meters. Most bad side of the lens is a large minimum focusing distance, which is as much as 1.8 meters. To take a picture of a flower, you need to go a minimum of 1.8 meters

    Sample photo on Soligor Tele-Auto 2.8 135

    Sample photo on Soligor Tele-Auto 2.8 135

  2. The aperture of the lens is eight-petal, a sufficiently large aperture of F2.8 for such a focal length. Aperture closes to F22. Of course, the iris control is manual, semi-automatic, as it Pre-ai lens.

    Portrait on Soligor 135 2.8

    Portrait on Soligor 135 2.8

  3. The workmanship is very high, Lens Made in Japan is proudly painted on the case. Soligor Tele-Auto 2.8 / 135- a serious lens.

    Soligor 135 2.8

    Soligor 135 2.8. Full Frame Photos

  4. DOF Scale Available for All Apertures Except F4.0
Sample photo on Soligor Tele-Auto 2.8 135

Sample photo on Soligor Tele-Auto 2.8 135

How to use on modern central control rooms?

The lens has the same mount as all Nikon's native lenses, so just put on the lens and start shooting. The only difficulties are:

  1. By virtue of Pre-ai, on advanced Nikon cameras, the aperture value from the lens to the camera will not be transmitted. Measurement exposure will only work on F2.8, which is also pretty good. The lens can be very easily converted to AI compatible, or, attach Lushnikov dandelion.
  2. Nikon amateur cameras will not measure exposure. But, you can easily shoot video on such cameras. It is treated with Lushnikov's dandelion for Nikon.

In general, how to use such a lens, and compatibility with your Nikon camera you can easily find in the section about old PRE-AI lenses. Personally, I used the lens on Nikon D200, D40 и D700. If you do not have Nikon, then this Soligor Tele-Auto 1: 2.8 f = 135mm was produced for all kinds of mounts, it is simply difficult to find with a native mount to the camera.

Sample photo on Soligor Tele-Auto 2.8 135

Sample photo on Soligor Tele-Auto 2.8 135

Image quality

Soligor Tele-Auto 1: 2.8 f = 135mm did not disappoint, although there is nothing unusual either. The lens is sharp enough at f / 2.8, especially for portraits. Slight softness from F / 2.8 to F / 4.0, becomes very sharp at F / 5.6. At a fully closed aperture, it suffers from diffraction and drop in sharpness. The Soligor Tele-Auto 1: 2.8 f = 135mm gives good contrast and even copes well with flares, although it does not have a hood. The bokeh is very pleasant. HA insignificant (see for yourself), and, of course, no barrel (distortion). Vignetting on DX cameras is almost not noticeable, on FX disappears on F5.6.

Sample photo on Soligor Tele-Auto 2.8 135

Example photo on Soligor Tele-Auto 2.8 135. Focusing almost at infinity

Sample photos on APS-C (crop)

All sample photos were taken on Nikon D200 DX with crop 1.5X. Without processing, on-camera JPEG L, reduced to 1600 * 1200 size and imprinted data from EXIF. Soligor Tele-Auto 1: 2.8 f = 135mm on the cropped cameras Nikon DX behaves like a real telephoto with EFR of 202,5 mm. To get a sharp shot, you need to use a slow shutter speed, in more detail in the section on how to take off.

Sample photos on APS (full frame)

All sample photos were taken on Nikon D700 FX Without processing, on-camera JPEG L, reduced to 1600 * 1200 size and imprinted data from EXIF. On APS cameras, the lens turns (or simply remains itself) into a wonderful portrait portrait.

In processing: Photo 1, Photo 2, Photo 3Photo 4Photo 5, Photo 6

Photo at Soligor Tele-Auto 2.8 135

Photograph on Soligor Tele-Auto 2.8 135 and a full-frame camera

Personal impressions

Personal impressions are positive, the lens was very good. I decided to make a comparison plate 135mm fixed lenses that I used. The plate is very, very conditional, since each model there are modifications with better or worse parameters, my opinion, too, is purely subjective.

Label 135mm lenses that I had to use

Label 135mm lenses that I had to use

Here are reviews of other 135mm fixed lenses:

Soligor Tele-Auto 2.8 / 135 and Soviet Jupiter-37A

Soligor Tele-Auto 2.8 / 135 and Soviet Jupiter-37A

It's a pity that Nikon never released an autofocus lens 135mm F2.8, and the “king of bokeh” Nikon 135mm F2.0 DC scares away at its price.

Photo at Soligor Tele-Auto 2.8 135

Photo at Soligor Tele-Auto 2.8 135


In the comments, you can ask a question on the topic and they will answer you, as well as you can express your opinion or describe your experience. For the selection of photographic equipment, I recommend large catalogs, for example E-Catalog. Many little things for the photo can be found on AliExpress.


Conclusions:

Soligor Tele-Auto 1: 2.8 f = 135mm is a good fixed telephoto lens with excellent aperture. Suitable as a good portraiture on FX cameras and a good telephoto for nature on DX cameras.

The material was prepared by Arkady Shapoval. My Youtube channeland Radozhiva's group on Facebook и VK.

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Comments: 31, on the topic: Review of Soligor Tele-Auto 1: 2.8 f = 135mm

  • Aleks de Kairoy

    Arkady, review as always a bomb, thank you!

  • Deimos

    Great review and comparisons with similar lenses, thanks.

  • Crelian

    Thanks for your review! The optical question is not Sonnar, by any chance? The drawing reminded me of my Ju-37

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Looks like I can’t say for sure.

  • VALENTINE

    Alas! Far from being Kaleinar-5N. Compared to this, he is resting!

    • Arkady Shapoval

      And what does Kalainar have to do with it? K-5n is far from 135mm.

  • VALENTINE

    Kaleinar? With all of this, moreover, at the same time:
    https://picasaweb.google.com/115262918420027354916/TestKALEINAR5NVsJUPITER37AAndHELIOS44M39

    • Arkady Shapoval

      With all due respect, I already wrote to you that your crop is very doubtful.

  • Hope

    Arkady, a question about the plate (by the way, thanks - it was clearly done). For the Pentacon ball exactly 1?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      According to the plate - yes, but it's very conditional.

  • Alex

    Good day, Arkady! I have a little question for you related to the lens ... I bought myself a Soligor 135 2.8 (as in this review). I like everything and bokeh, and color rendition ... for personal feelings, quite a decent glass. There is one but ... The grain appears in the pictures, like on film. Not that it was very bad, but somehow annoying. The grain appears when viewing the photo 1 to 2 approximately. Could it be a defect or just insufficient lens resolution? I use it on Nikon 3100. Thank you!

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Usually, the lens is not related to grain, and the grain appears at medium and high values ​​of iSO, or in the shadow region, this is especially evident when increasing. It would be nice if you sent a link to an example.

  • Alex

    Arkady, nothing to do with the sensitivity of the matrix ... the grain appears at any ISO in dark areas. Here are some examples: http://fotki.yandex.ru/users/maxservis/view/530360/
    In this album, all photos were shot on this lens. I try various options when shooting.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      As I already wrote, the camera itself is noisy in the shadows, especially when underexposed.

  • Alex

    Those. the best option would be a slightly overexposed picture. ITS can be overexposed in the editor ... it is much more difficult to deal with noise ... So?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Just when pulling shadows in the editor, the noise appears most. The on-camera noise reduction function will be just right, and ADL also slightly affects the noise, it usually needs to be turned off.

  • Alex

    From this place in more detail (sorry). ADL is disabled. Noise reduction is on. You see the result ... It turns out - buy another camera? But this is not the case on Nikon's lenses? (I use 18-55 kit and 55-200 VR DX 4 - 5,6).

    • Arkady Shapoval

      relatives work in automatic modes, the camera very accurately selects the exposure pair. My D700 can also make noise in the shadows at ISO 200, I don’t see anything terrible in this. Another factor may be a slight haze from the lens, which works like a veil (gauze), can create a little grain effect, but this effect is created throughout the field and I rarely see it.

  • Alex

    thanks! Hopefully a more careful selection of the exposure pair will help ... I'm starting to understand the importance of exposure compensation on the device.
    Happy New Year! Well, happy holiday!

  • Rome

    spasibo ...

  • Serge

    Hello!
    Here is such a lens M42 Soligor 3.5 / 135
    I understand correctly that the KP-A / N adapter is needed for installation on Nikon
    will it have infinity with such an adapter?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      You do not understand correctly. Need KP-42 \ N or M42-Nikon. Infinity with such an adapter will not.

  • Serge

    Thank you!

    Sorry, I wrote incorrectly =))
    adapter KP-42 \ N I have =))

    In general, does it make sense in this lens (M42 Soligor 3.5 / 135) in the presence of Helios 81N ??

    I have not tried it yet - it will only be delivered in a few days.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Yes, it makes sense. Everything is written in the review, there are examples of photos, there is enough information to determine.

  • Serge

    And at what distance can I focus?

  • Serega

    Mine is slightly different ... 3.5 / 135, double aperture ring, judging by the scale - the minimum focusing distance is 1.5, well, an interchangeable shank ...

    In general, it turned out funny, Soligor was sold as an m42 ... well, I used an adapter for several months, but today I bought a kp-a / n (I saw it for the first time) and took Jupiter 37a from friends to try it, began to compare lenses ... and to my surprise, m42 soligor turned out to have an interchangeable tail ... although this is not indicated on the lens itself ..
    =))))))))

  • Sergei

    Tell someone !!!
    On my Soligor 3.5 / 135 there is a replaceable shank, I put a kp-a / n, there is a gap of half a millimeter / millimeter between the lens and the adapter and, apparently, there is no infinity, no more than 25-30 meters ... the adapter sits to the maximum, it is impossible to go deeper ..
    Is the problem in the adapter?
    It seems factory, with marking kp-a / n
    Or maybe the problem is in the lens?
    Has anyone come across a similar one?

    • anonym

      You can read the adapter on a lathe.

  • anonym

    The smallest MDF of the old 135-ok at Koniki 135 / 3.2 is one meter. Feels like even a little less.

  • anonym

    Arkady, please tell me if it can be used on the Canon 1100D?
    Thanks in advance.

  • Alexey

    Thank you for the storehouse of information and for the work done! Wow, you and the girl model! A sight for sore eyes

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