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REVIEW: Soligor 50mm f/1.8

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Posted by Bengt Köhler Sandberg 2014-03-15

Soligor 50mm f/1.8 (M42)

Specs:

Focal length:
50mm
Weight:
185g
Aperture:
f/1.8 to f/16
6 bladed aperure
Auto only
Mount:
M42
Closest Focus:
0.45m (1.5ft)
Covers:
Standard 35mm film size
(24×36 mm negative)


Image quality


Analogue B&W film
Soligor 50mm f/1.8 (M42)
Soligor 50mm f/1.8 (M42)
Soligor 50mm f/1.8 (M42)
Soligor 50mm f/1.8 (M42)
Soligor 50mm f/1.8 (M42)
Soligor 50mm f/1.8 (M42)
Soligor 50mm f/1.8 (M42)
Soligor 50mm f/1.8 (M42)
Soligor 50mm f/1.8 (M42)


Bokeh
Soligor 50mm f/1.8 (M42)
Soligor 50mm f/1.8 (M42)
Soligor 50mm f/1.8 (M42)
Soligor 50mm f/1.8 (M42)



Digital
Soligor 50mm f/1.8 (M42)
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f/1.8 - f/2.8 - f/4 - f/5.6 - f/8 - f/11 - f/16


Bokeh
Soligor 50mm f/1.8 (M42)
Soligor 50mm f/1.8 (M42)
Soligor 50mm f/1.8 (M42)
Soligor 50mm f/1.8 (M42)

Flare / Backlight
Soligor 50mm f/1.8 (M42) Soligor 50mm f/1.8 (M42)
F/1.8         
Soligor 50mm f/1.8 (M42)
          F/2.8
Soligor 50mm f/1.8 (M42)


Extra Sample
Soligor 50mm f/1.8 (M42)
Soligor 50mm f/1.8 (M42)
Soligor 50mm f/1.8 (M42)
Soligor 50mm f/1.8 (M42)
Soligor 50mm f/1.8 (M42)
Soligor 50mm f/1.8 (M42)
Soligor 50mm f/1.8 (M42)
Soligor 50mm f/1.8 (M42)


Filming
Soligor 50mm f/1.8 (M42)


Build quality

Very well made and are solid as a rock.
The feel is also very good.


Conclusion

It looks and feels great but the aperture ring is a not very thick and is just after the lens mount.
Not a problem and this works just as good as any when I used this on a old SLR made with a M42 mount.
But it's a little more fiddly and not much room for fingers with my digital Canon + M42 to EOS adapter.

Image quality wide is quite good sharpness all over but also has noticeable glow.
Stop it down a little and it is very nice, go down to f/5.6-f/8 and the sharpness is just amazing.
This sharpness is even quite good at f/16.
The bokeh can look a bit rough in some cases but I find it quite nice in most.

Overall a really nice one.


Thumbs up:
Image quality
Great sharpness stopped down
Build quality
Look & Feel


Thumbs down:
Glow wide open



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Film: AGFA CINEREX (X-ray film)
Developer: Kodak Xtol

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