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All that's left are the 180's. No surprises here, considering the Soligor is a $20 lens at flea-markets:

Soligor 180/3.5@3.5Soligor 180/3.5@5.6Zuiko 180/2.8@2.8Zuiko 180/2.8@5.6
  • Soligor 180mm f3.5, ƒ3.5
  • Soligor 180mm f3.5, ƒ5.6
  • Zuiko 180mm ƒ2.8, ƒ2.8
  • Zuiko 180mm ƒ2.8, ƒ5.6
1.4x
  • Soligor 180mm f3.5 with Olympus 1.4X-A teleconverter, ƒ3.5
  • Soligor 180mm f3.5 with Olympus 1.4X-A teleconverter, ƒ5.6
  • Olympus 1.4X-A teleconverter, Zuiko 180mm ƒ2.8, ƒ2.8
  • Olympus 1.4X-A teleconverter, Zuiko 180mm ƒ2.8, ƒ5.6
2x
  • Soligor 180mm ƒ3.5 with Olympus 2X-A teleconverter, ƒ3.5
  • Soligor 180mm ƒ3.5 with Olympus 2X-A teleconverter, ƒ5.6
  • Olympus 2X-A teleconverter, Zuiko 180mm ƒ2.8, ƒ2.8
  • Olympus 2X-A teleconverter, Zuiko 180mm ƒ2.8, ƒ5.6
In detail, the Zuiko dissapoints wide-open, but watch it shine when two stops down:

  • Soligor 180mm f3.5, ƒ3.5, CROP
  • Soligor 180mm f3.5, ƒ5.6, CROP
  • Zuiko 180mm ƒ2.8, ƒ2.8, CROP
  • Zuiko 180mm ƒ2.8, ƒ5.6, CROP
1.4x
  • Soligor 180mm f3.5 with Olympus 1.4X-A teleconverter, ƒ3.5, CROP
  • Soligor 180mm f3.5 with Olympus 1.4X-A teleconverter, ƒ5.6, CROP
  • Olympus 1.4X-A teleconverter, Zuiko 180mm ƒ2.8, ƒ2.8, CROP
  • Olympus 1.4X-A teleconverter, Zuiko 180mm ƒ2.8, ƒ5.6, CROP
2x
  • Soligor 180mm ƒ3.5 with Olympus 2X-A teleconverter, ƒ3.5, CROP
  • Soligor 180mm ƒ3.5 with Olympus 2X-A teleconverter, ƒ5.6, CROP
  • Olympus 2X-A teleconverter, Zuiko 180mm ƒ2.8, ƒ2.8, CROP
  • Olympus 2X-A teleconverter, Zuiko 180mm ƒ2.8, ƒ5.6, CROP
The Soligor shows quite a bit of flare the more it is magnified by teleconverters, and it's not really diminished two stops down.

At ƒ5.6, the Zuiko looks like a Zuiko, but the Solgor still looks like a $20 lens.

Bottom line: I feel vindicated for my years of collecting and using Zuikos. Anyone wanna buy a third-party OM lens? :-)

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