Soligor 135mm F/2.8 Tele-Auto Vintage Lens
Soligor 135mm F/2.8 Tele-Auto Vintage Lens

Review: Soligor 135mm F/2.8 Tele-Auto Lens

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Soligor 135mm F/2.8
At a glance
Despite the fact that this lens currently sells for very little on sites like ebay, it's a real gem with excellent tonal contrast, great bokeh, and superb sharpness
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This little known vintage Soligor 135mm f/2.8 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 bladeshe 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

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
Country of Manufacture:Japan


The product images of this lens (below) were captured using a Samsung Galaxy Note 9

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Smooth, creamy bokeh
Very sharp optics
Solid build quality
Low distortion
Excellent tonal contrast
Moderately heavy
Manual focus may present a challenge to first time users
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