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LucisPictor - www.RetroCamera.de 10:19am, 11 November 2010
It's not at all easy to match Soligor serial numbers to certain manufacturers. (It's much easier with Vivitar lenses BTW.)

But this seems to be kind of reliable due to intensiev research of some lens enthusiasts at MFLenses (Thanks!):

Soligor Codes

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 #

Code system. First number = Maker.
Second number = Decade
Third number = Year

*Six digit lens date code unknown.

# Letter code lens date code unknown.

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

Soligor lenses were alse 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.

(Source: MFLenses.com)

Deep link: forum.mflenses.com/soligor-12-8-f28mm-21and-versions-t308...
rick_oleson 11 years ago
Based on that key, my 200/2.8 was made by Sun in 1978 - which seems pretty believable....
k mount deano 10 years ago
Thank's for the info
lt looks like my 300mm f5.6 C/D lens was made by Tokina in 1978.
A nice sharp and compact lens it is as well.
kanondiva 10 years ago
Thanks, this helps!!!
My 300mm is a Tokina and it's from 1967, so same year as my F. Cool!
zedex99 10 years ago
Great info. Thank-you. My 75-260 was made by Tokina in 1971
KPetsas 10 years ago
Hmmm. I have a huge Soligor "telephoto lens 600mm f8.0" with a serial starting from 9, but I have read somewhere it could have been made by Kawanon. I doubt Kino made such lenses.
My Soligor 135mm 1:28 SN is H66398
even truck [deleted] 5 years ago
My Soligor 350mm F5.6 (SN: H67913) appears to be made in 1967 by Komine. It was purchased several years ago for $20 at an estate sale. I use it only for astrophotography. It produces 'point' star images almost out to the extreme borders. Of course I crop off the outer part:) I posted a photo of the Andromeda Galaxy to the group.
aardvark19612000 (ken cork) Posted 5 years ago. Edited by aardvark19612000 (ken cork) (member) 5 years ago
cant see my Soligor 28mm f2.8 fitting in to this system no: 2772576 (or could be i'm just being bit thick lol) its Minolta SR mount MC series it works very well on my Sony A7M2
Rattus Yu 4 years ago
Soligor MC 24mm f/2.8, the serialstarts with 8... who?
Rattus Yu 4 years ago
Rattus Yu:

Looking at the font, could be a Kino?
Steve InMichigan Posted 4 years ago. Edited by Steve InMichigan (member) 4 years ago
I just acquired a Soligor 135mm f/3.5 with serial No. M170573. From some research; I believe it was manufactured by Tokina. Out of the lenses I have in this focal length this one is small physically compared to the others. I have no idea what camera mount that came with it and none of my adapters will fit it. Fortunately it has a T mount thread and I have ordered an adapter to fit my Canon EOS. There is no filter or lens cap and I think it has a 46mm filter thread; but would appreciate if someone could let me know if this is correct or not? Once the lens adapter arrives I will try some test shots.
lignesbois 3 years ago
According to the indications given at the top of the page, my Wide-Auto 35mm F2.8 lens should have been manufactured by Tokina in 1971.
The lens profile 2 years ago
I have This lens (H6xxx) and it is branded Tokina: allphotolenses.com/lenses/item/c_426.html#prettyPhoto

Tokina Tele-Auto 200mm 1:3.5

Tokina Tele-Auto 200mm 1:3.5

Tokina makes their own glass (Pentax coöperation is from a much later date and even then they manufactured the Pentax designs themselves). So either H6x is Tokina or serial numbering is not consistent.
PICOT PRODUCCIONS © Posted 1 year ago. Edited by PICOT PRODUCCIONS © (member) 1 year ago
Hello from Catalonia
My new toy Soligor CD Zoom Macro 28-80mm 1:3.3-4.5
Made by Sun on 1983.
spaulein 10 months ago
Here is the mflenses.com serial list, edited according to my personal findings :

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Soligor Codes

1 = Tokina
2 = Sun
3 = Sun
4 = Sun
5 = Samyang ?
6 = Komine
7 = Sun
8 = Tokina?
9 = Kino
9 + 7 digits = Kobori ?
31 = ??? *
A = Komura #
H1 = Tokina ? #
H4 = Kawanon ? #
H5 = Komine #
H5 + 4 digits = Tokina #
H6 = Komine #? not sure, I'd say Tokina
H6 + 4 digits = Itoh #
H7= Tokina #
H9= Tokina? #
H37 = Kawanon? #
M = ??? #
N = ??? #
Y + 4 digits = Fujita #
Y + > 4 digits = Tokina or Komura #
R = Itoh? #
T = Tamron #
KA = Kyoei Acall

Code system. First number = Maker.
Second number = Decade
Third number = Year

*Six digit lens date code unknown.

# Letter code lens date code unknown.

same codes found also on Hanimex lenses

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

Soligor lenses were alse 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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(Source: MFLenses.com)
tonybaker2010 1 month ago
I have searched high and low across the web for more information on a Soligor 135mm f2.8 preset v2 lens I have just acquired. The serial number is M155736, but I am just trying to identify a manufacturer. I have two other Soligors, the 35mm f2.8 and a 200mm f3.5. Both of these are clearly Tokina made, by the listing above and the years are 1967 and 1971 respectively. I doubt the 135mm was made in 1955, but I may be wrong. Has anyone found any more out about M prefix lenses? Nice lens and compares favourably to my CZJ 135mm f3.5.
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