I’ve tried out few vintage lenses now and the results have always been interesting. Vintage lenses are a fabulous way of experimenting with different focal lengths and trying new ways of shooting so I was as keen as ever to hit the streets to see what sort of images I could create.
The Soligor 28mm 2.8 is well constructed lens. My copy had a few age related marks but nothing that affected its operation. The focus ring was smooth to turn with a hint of resistance. The lens also had two aperture rings one of which was a fluid ring. Aperture range for the lens is f2.8 to f16. Focus distance ranged from 0.45m to infinity. Finally, the Soligor weighed in at 273g.
Throughout my test I (generally) set my camera’s ISO to 800 and worked the fluid aperture to suit each shot. I normally shoot between f5.6 and f11 anyway so I found this set up convenient when trying out vintage lenses
Images rendered nicely with good colour but lacked contrast. This may have been because I was shooting RAW but when I edited my shots in Lightroom after applying the Fujifilm simulations I was able to get nice results by increasing the contrast or dehaze sliders.
The Soligor 28mm is actually quite a nice walk around lens although I have to be honest and say that I was not entirely comfortable using the 28mm focal length. Ideally, I would prefer to shoot at 23mm and the 5mm difference really impacted how I shot. However, this is why I enjoy testing out vintage lenses. I can experiment with a new lens and get out of my comfort zone… without breaking the bank. Honestly though, I still felt 28mm was a focal length I could do without for my style of shooting.
If you have used this lens or have any questions regarding it feel free to leave a comment below.