I plan to use the Soligor 200mm f/2.8 on bird shooting. I also like to use it for candid street shooting. I am a shy person and the 200mm will keep a good distance for me. I am in the process of gathering inputs from friends in how to test a 200mm lens properly. And thanks to Mike E. in suggesting a great article from Mike Johnson on How to stress a camera lens. With Mike E. suggestion, I will also explore the lens into landscape shooting.
So far, the lens is not doing too well in the sharpness criteria as it is quite soft in f/2.8 and CA is very pronounced in wide aperture. But all things considered especially on the cost, it is still quite a decent lens to have. Some test pictures on birds using the Soligor with a 2x doubler from Kiron 70-150mm f/3.8 . I got a 400mm in the setup. I should have tried it on 200mm alone but I find myself too close to disturb the birds, hence the doubler. I mostly used in iso 400 and f/6.3 and f/5.6 in the setup, it is a bit slow to freeze the fast moving birds in eating.
Not much in this picture but I always love the energy and tenacity of hummingbirds in eating
Initial Impressions & Notes
- my m42 has serial # starting 37
- I find wide open f/2.8 a bit on the soft side.
- Contrast and color is quite good.
- I find f/4.0 very usable.
- The lens is well built.
- filter size is 72mm, a bit bulky but hand-hold-able
- lens iris is not symmetrical when stopped down
- PF happens in wider apertures
- built-in lens hood very nice