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There are Soligor-branded lenses for which I wish to identify the manufacturer. I have read that Soligor encoded the manufacturer in the serial number, so in principle, I just need to find a list of applicable manufacturer codes.

What are the manufacturer codes for lenses that have been rebranded Soligor?

  • Genuine question... Why would anyone care? It doesn't seem like a photographic problem that needs solving to me. – osullic Mar 20 at 8:49
  • How does knowing which company made a Soligor lens affect, in any possible way, the way you use it photographically? – Michael C Mar 20 at 23:35
  • I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because knowing what company made a Soligor lens has nothing to do with how said lens will be used photographically. – Michael C Mar 20 at 23:36
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Possible Soligor code system:

First number = Maker
Second number = Decade
Third number = Year

1 = Tokina
2 = Sun
3 = Sun
4 = Sun
5 = ??? (perhaps Samyang)
6 = Komine
7 = Sun
8 = ???
9 = Kino
31 = ??? *
A = Komura #
H4 = Kawanon ? #
H5 = Komine #
H6 = Komine #
H7= Tokina #
H37 = Kawanon? #
M = ??? #
N = ??? #
R = ??? #
T = Tamron #

* Six digit lens date code unknown.
# Letter code lens date code unknown.

"H" prefix brands: Lentar / Focal / Soligor / Sun / Vemar

Soligor lenses were also branded and sold as: Reflex, Super Carenar, Prinzflex, Weltblick, Mirage, Infotar, Hanimar, Flexar, Elicar,Derek Gardenar, Porst and possibly Bushnell (Bausch & Lomb ), J.C. Penny, Pallas, Berroflex and Aetna.

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  • Is this a quote? I don't get the quote markdown.... – mattdm Mar 20 at 3:08
  • @mattdm - In this case, it is quoted from one of the other pages. But I'm just using it to set off the text. – xiota Mar 20 at 4:54
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    Ok. FWIW I find it confusing used in that way because of the implication. But whatever :) – mattdm Mar 20 at 12:50
  • @mattdm - Is there a way to indent without quoting? – xiota Mar 20 at 21:41
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    Why indent, especially when it is basically the entire answer? If you want to separate the first line, make that a heading (with # or ##) – mattdm Mar 20 at 21:50

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