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Soligor 'P' Lenses - What Does This Stand For?
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2018 3:26 am    Post subject: Soligor 'P' Lenses - What Does This Stand For? Reply with quote

I have more recently become interested some of Soligor's lineup. Specifically the lenses with the red 'P'. I own the 28/2.0 which has this notation. I also have seen the 35/2.0, 55/2.8 macro, 135/2.0, and 200/2.8 marked with this red 'P'. If I had to guess, I would say it's an attempt to mimic Zeiss' 'T*' designation, if only because of the visual similarity, which denoted their premiere multi-coatings. Is this 'P' the same concept? This is my lens (with a little AI mod):





I have also seen that some of these models, at times, do not carry the 'P', despite being otherwise, cosmetically identical to the models I have seen the 'P' on. I then wondered about it being added later. But according to the link from the Soligor sticky here (https://www.apotelyt.com/photo-lens/soligor-catalog), the serial of my lens makes my lens a Tokina-made lens in '74. So what about this one (these images are from someone else via a recent sale on eBay):





According to the serial, this one was made in '75, right? Did they stop using the 'P' denotation? Anyone have any answers on this? [/img]


PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2018 4:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No certain knowledge, but I suspect it designates multicoating, which was not yet standard in the mid-1970s.


PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2018 3:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Many of them being Tokina RMC lenses, so P = RMC type of coating.


PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2018 2:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The other theory is that the P stood for pro or professional. This was Soligors Pro line.
Whether this is the case or it was for the coatings, it doesn't make a whole lot of sense, because some lenses used it and some didn't.


PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2018 1:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

RMC Tokina 2/35, the same as above Soligor P: https://www.flickr.com/photos/padiej/sets/72157625666428183/with/5343178858/
RMC Tokina 2/28, the same as above Soligor P: http://www.jr-worldwi.de/photo/index.html?Tokina_28mm_2.0.html


PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2018 11:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pancolart wrote:
RMC Tokina 2/35, the same as above Soligor P: https://www.flickr.com/photos/padiej/sets/72157625666428183/with/5343178858/
RMC Tokina 2/28, the same as above Soligor P: http://www.jr-worldwi.de/photo/index.html?Tokina_28mm_2.0.html


I wondered if the 28/2 and 35/2 had Tokina doppelgängers! I also have the Soligor 35-105/3.5 which also has a Tokina-made serial. A quick search did yield a nearly identical Tokina-branded copy of this lens. Pictured below is my Soligor:



I did also just come into one of the Soligor 55mm f/2.8 macro lenses.







In case that 1:1 adapted looks familiar, it does very closely mimic the cosmetic design of the 1:1 extender for the Vivitar 90mm f/2.5 (also made by Tokina), though the 55mm's is merely an extension tube (no optics inside).

My Soligor 55mm has no 'P' and the serial indicated Tokina-made, 1976 (176xxxxx). Any idea if this one was ever branded Tokina?