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Mitakon and Soligor 28mm. wide angles.
Old 10-20-2007   #1
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Mitakon and Soligor 28mm. wide angles.

I have the opportunity to buy either an OM mount Mitakon or Soligor 28/2.8,obviously a lot cheaper than a Zuiko.The use would probably be occasional,but who knows it could grow.Would any one have any feedback on either.
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Old 10-20-2007   #2
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[quote=SCOTFORTHLAD]I have the opportunity to buy either an OM mount Mitakon or Soligor 28/2.8,obviously a lot cheaper than a Zuiko.The use would probably be occasional,but who knows it could grow.Would any one have any feedback on either.


Brian, - IMHO- you would do better looking for a Tamron, (with 'adaptall' mount) - or waiting for a Zuiko

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If you are on a tight budget and what to try a wide angle, those lenses may be fine. I had a Soligor (also sold under the Vivitar name) when I was starting out and on a High School wage and it was OK.

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For me, while the optical quality is usually very good on any Zuiko, the biggest advantage is the size. The wides are VERY VERY small, almost RF size.

I'd save the Zuiko.

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Thanks everyone for the advice.I think you have confirmed what I already knew---that I should really look for a Zuiko.Luckily another member may have one to spare,so it's going that way

There is a large scale reconstruction underway of the 19th Century waterfront area where I live,and I want to record it,and with a wideangle I might be able to get something memorable.

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Old 10-23-2007   #6
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Brian, I know this maybe too late, but if you can get the Tamron 28mm/2.5 Adaptall-2 for cheap, that lens is very very good. It is almost as contrasty as the Zuiko 24mm/2.8 and that's saying A LOT.

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Thanks everyone for the advice.I think you have confirmed what I already knew---that I should really look for a Zuiko.Luckily another member may have one to spare,so it's going that way

There is a large scale reconstruction underway of the 19th Century waterfront area where I live,and I want to record it,and with a wideangle I might be able to get something memorable.

Cheers,

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Brian the 28/3.5 Zuiko can be had over here for $30-$40 on eBay and it's a crackin sharp lens for not much more than a Soligor. I once owned and used a late model Vivitar 24/2.8 in Pentax K and it was pretty decent -- they have an OM versions and I think 28mm models too.
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Brian, I know this maybe too late, but if you can get the Tamron 28mm/2.5 Adaptall-2 for cheap, that lens is very very good. It is almost as contrasty as the Zuiko 24mm/2.8 and that's saying A LOT.

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oversharpened by flickr, sorry.
*Nice* shot -- I'm off to look for of those now for my Nikon F!
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Brian,

This is not firsthand experience but IIRC Mitakon were rather budget lenses with budget performance. Soligor had the better reputation...

Tamron were always considered the best non-OEM, although I confess to never having owned any.
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I think Brian has a Zuiko 28/3.5 on the way.
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I think Brian has a Zuiko 28/3.5 on the way.
Yippee!!It arrived today

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