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REVIEW: Soligor TM



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Posted by Bengt Köhler Sandberg 2014-01-06

Soligor TM

Made between 1969 - 1974
It was also sold under the name Miranda TM or Pallas TM.

Technical info

Lens mount: M42
Shutter: 1/1000s to 1s + B
Light meter: Through the lens (ISO 12 - 6400)
Battery: One 1.5v SR44 (Only for the light meter)
Flash: PC sync connection (X sync is between 1/60 and 1/30)
Weight: 670g

Changeable viewfinder

Takes standard 135 film
24×36 mm negative size.


Viewfinder:

Good size and quite bright for a SLR with this age.

Info:
Right side have match needle for the light meter.

Focus aid:
Microprism


Shutter type:

Focal plane
Horizontal traveling cloth curtain.

All mechanical.


Build quality:

It's a tank and are very well put together.

Look, feel and sound:
One of the better looking cameras I have tested so far and it has a feel just as nice.
The shutter and mirror sounds very mechanical and are quite loud.
I think that it suits the camera but other might not like that as much.








Usability:

It's a camera that is still a very usable one today.
It feels good in the hand and are well balanced.
All buttons and dials are well placed but the shutter speed dial feels a little squeezed in.
And there are not a not of space for your fingers when you are turning it.
Maybe a problem with someone that have giant fingers but not a big one in a normal case.

Can't unfortunately not say much about the light meter because this did not work on my copy.


Conclusion:


What it not to like about this one.
It just looks and feels great and still very usable.
I don't care all that much about changeable viewfinder but it's nice that you can take it off for cleaning.


Thumbs up:
Great build quality
Looks and feel

Reliable
All mechanical
Changeable viewfinder

Thumbs down:

Have only small ones
Lack of self-timer
Loud shutter and mirror


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