SOLIGOR C/D 135mm f2.8 lens
Soligor C/D 135mm f2.8 Short Telephoto (serial 17803315)
Totally stunning condition premium lens from Soligor for Minolta SR/MC/MD Mount.
Lens is near perfect with clean aperture blades, snappy and reactive aperture and buttery smooth focus.
Classic Japanese all metal build quality and superb optics typical of the C/D series from Soligor.
Soligor where one of my third party lens makers in the 1970s and 1980s. They were primarily a brand only and all of their lenses were made by manufacturers like Kowa, Tokina etc. This one was made by Tokina as evidenced by its serial number. Tokina are noted for their ‘built like a tank’ approach to lens construction and this one is no exception. It’s very heavy and all metal in construction but with exceptionally smooth focusing.
Over time, Soligor released several models of lenses ranging from budget to premium. The most prominent of these is the C/D line first released in the mid-1970s which represented a premium line among the company’s products. Like the Vivitar Series 1 line of premium lenses the C/D range suffered somewhat from being watered down with budget products.
Most manufacturers of Soligor lenses can be identified by the first number/letter in the serial number.
This lens was obtained by us in excellent condition and apart from cleaning has had little done with it. It has been test shot and found to produce good results on a par with a genuine Minolta MD series lens.
Please be aware that the cameras and lenses for sale can be up to 50 years old. They have been serviced and/or checked and are always as good as they can be made, but please don’t expect them to be flawless as if they were made yesterday.
All lenses of this age exhibit some small particles of dust and coatings are not up to modern standards. Cameras will exhibit some wear signs and likewise may have small dust specks in their viewfinders or focus screens. These do not affect the picture in any way.
ANY problems or issues will be described in the main text which you are advised to read carefully.If you are unfamiliar with film cameras we suggest you do some online research and read the manuals which are freely available from online resources.
We are enthusiastic film fans and spend our time hunting cameras and lenses that have been or are being unloved. We then spend hours to bring them back to fully working and clean condition, ready for a new lease of life with you We always change the film seals, give the camera a clean/service and make sure its fully working before we sell it on to you.
Most lenses are cleaned, re-lubricated and all of their functions checked prior to sale so you know they will work, full details will always be in the text. All items are packed safely for transit using proper packing material NOT something the cat was sick in. Having been stung both on eBay and by dealers alike who often know very little about film cameras we decided to offer people a chance to experience film using a camera that will last for many years and which we can say for sure works reliably
Mel & Claire