Links To Important Resources - Canon EOS Technoclopedia

All you came here for ... more lens databases

  Author   Content   Up to date?
 
Canon EOS:
  Anton Largiader   Listing of many lenses for Canon EOS system incl. tech specs, with a form to find a selection of lenses meeting your requirements (focal length, speed and cost, leave all empty to get the full list).   yes
  Patrick Murphy Mirror   Listing of many lenses for Canon EOS system incl. some tech specs etc.   offline/no (2006)
  Martin Treusch von Buttlar   Foto.t17r.de is a very useful german used market/eBay price database for photographic equipment, including Canon EOS stuff. Give it a try and probably support it. Great idea.   stopped recording in 2010
  Adam Steenwyk   A rather curious attempt: An Analysis of Lens Handholdability, based on the Largiader database   2011
 
All Mounts:
  Martin Trautmann   Overview of which 3rd party lenses are available for which lens mounts   no (2002)
 
Nikon:
  Roland Vink   Roland's Nikon Pages   yes
 
Minolta/Sony:
  DyXum.com   Big listing of lenses available for Minolta Dynax Maxxum/Sony Alpha   yes
 
M42/Vintage:
  Katherine Dér   Praktica-Users ... lens listing for Praktica systems (M42, B-mount, Pentacon Six)   yes
  Tiago Franco   Another good Praktica page with 3rd party information   no need to
  Vladislav Kern   THE Soviet Photo Equipment Collector's Resource   yes
  Krasnogorsky Zavod ...   Research and Design Center (KZM archives) ... great resource for communist-russian produced cameras & lenses   yes
  Denis Olivier   Huge lens listing for M42 mount (also some other MF mount lenses included)   yes
  Nigel Utting   The Pentax Screw Mount Lens Database Project   yes
  Markus Wottrich   a.k.a. Yashica.org ... all about Yashica cameras and lenses    
  Wilhelm Zedler   Lenses produced by Kino Precision Optics   ???
  Robert Monaghan   THE medium format photography megasite now without the once legendary overview of 35mm stuff, still worth a look or simply go there via Wayback Machine   no
 
Tamron Adaptall:
  Adaptall-2.org   Excellent resource for Tamron's Adaptall and Adaptall 2 systems ... and more   yes
 
More:
  16-9.net   One very special resource, has a good collection of material about adapting both vintage and newer non-EF lenses to EOS mount (incl. Rangefinder lenses), as well as tons of comparisons in search for THE lens.   out of business
  MFlenses.com   Besides tons of reviews and other stuff they host the manual focus lens database dedicated to photos of the lenses themselves - BIG and unique (go to gallery > lenses)   no need to
 
  ACE   This is something different: a who-is-who database about manufacturers and distributors of photographic equipment. As to my understanding some of the information is not correct, but it's still a very interesting resource. Use at your own risk :).   yes
  JPEA International   One more link list here: The Joint PhotoImaging Enterprises Association's members list. Includes contact information for japanese companies like Asanuma, Aspen, Komamura (Horseman), Tapak (Elicar) and many more.   yes

 

Lens Manufacturers (plus some exclusive distributors' brands)

  Brand   Alternative Resources/Comments   Up to date?
           
  Arax       yes
  BelOMO   Belarusian Optical And Mechanical Association    
  Bower       yes
  Cambron       no informational value
  Canon USA   Canon Deutschland, Canon Camera Museum   yes, absolutely
  Carl Zeiss   Carl Zeiss Germany   yes
  Coastal Optical Systems   owned by Jenoptik Optical Systems since 2002, a "mere" trademark since 2009   yes
  Conurus   C/EF conversions for Contax N lenses   yes
  Cosina   Internet Archive of Cosina.de   yes
  Dörr       yes
  Dry Mounting GmbH   ... home of the Dreamagon   well ...
  Falcon   house brand of FoxFoto ( Łódź, Poland) selling rebadged Samyang lenses  
offline
  Electrophysics Corp.   ... home of the AstroScope Night Vision system   yes
  Elite Brands Inc.   ... owner of the Rokinon brand   yes
  Ennex   house brand of MeinFoto.to (Samyang rebadges)    
  Hartblei.de   ... for Zeiss Super-Rotators   yes
  Hartblei.com   ... for the 2007 Hartblei Super-Rotators   hmm
  Hartbleilens.com   ... for the more recent Hartblei Super-Rotators (formerly hartblei.kiev.ua)   yes
  Kenko Japan   Kenko Global; affiliate of THK Photo Group; german distributor is Hapa-Team HGmbH   yes
  Kowa Prominar       yes
  LeiTAX   C/EF conversions and more for   yes
  Lensbabies       yes
  Loreo       yes
  Lytkarino ZOS   Lytkarino Optical Glass Factory   yes
  Meyer Optik Görlitz   ... brand now owned by net SE   let's see
  Minadax   house brand of Impulsfoto, which again is a brand privately owned by Ismail Kavlak   yes
  Mitakon   produced by ZY Optics (SYZYGX)   yes
  Monochrom   ... home of the Subjektiv   yes
  Omega Satter   former US distributor, now owner of the Phoenix brand   yes
  Opteka       yes
  Phoenix   Internet Archive; see Omega Satter  
liquidated/offline
  Polaroid   ... is a trademark licensed to Sakar Int. since 2012 (owner is PLR IP Holdings)   yes
  Pro-Optik   house brand of Adorama   yes
  Promaster       yes
  Quantaray   house brand of Ritz Camera   yes
  Rokinon   brand owned by Elite Brands Inc.   yes
  Samyang Optics Korea   Samyang Poland; Samyang UK; Internet Archive   yes
  Schneider Optics       yes
  Sigma Germany   Sigma Japan, Sigma USA; Sigma Global Vision   yes
  Soligor Germany   old www.Soligor.com @ Internet Archive   well ...
  Sunex       yes
  T.K.L.   house brand of TecnoSky (means TecnosKy Lens)   yes
  Tamron Germany   Tamron Japan   yes
  Tokina (Global)   Tokina Japan, affiliate of THK Photo Group; Tokina Cinema ATX; german distributor is Hapa-Team HGmbH   yes
  Vitacon       yes (?)
  Vivitar   ... is a trademark owned by Sakar Int. since 2008, old page via Internet Archive   yes
  Voigtländer   Voigtländer @ Cosina; Internet Archive   yes/no need to
  Volodga OMZ   Volodga Optical and Mechanical Plant   too up to date
  Walimex       yes
  Zörk (german)   Zoerk (in english)   yes

 

Lens Manufacturers (plus some exclusive distributors' brands)

  Brand   Alternative Resources/Comments   Up to date?
           
  Achiever      
offline
  Aputure       yes
  Bolt   ... is a trademark of Gradus Group, who also own B&H (that said - Vello = housebrand of B&H)   yes
  Bilora (german)   english version   yes
  Bower       yes
  Brilliant Photo Group       yes
  Canon USA       yes
  CononMark   brand owned and produced by Shenzhen Gaoneng Photographic Equipment Co., Ltd.   yes
  Cullmann Germany       yes
  Digital Concepts   ... is a trademark of Sakar International Inc.   yes
  Dörr       yes
  Emoblitz   ... is a trademark of Cosmos Optical And Metal Engineering   yes
  Exakta   ... is a trademark of Pentacon   yes
  FalconEyes   ... selling rebadged Tumax flashes   yes
  Fomei       yes
  Hähnel       yes
  iShoot   ... is a trademark of Photoloving Photographic Equipment   yes
  Jessops   ... selling rebadged Tumax flashes   yes
  King Kandy Digital Tech. Dev.   production takes place at Zhejiang Jin Elite Prosperous (a.k.a. J&C), a joint venture with Comet   not too correct
  Marumi       yes
  Harvest One   home of the original Cactus radio transmitters   yes
  MeiKe   manufactured by Sky Wise Mold   not working that well
  Metz       yes
  Merit Power   home of Sunlite flashes    
  Nissin       yes
  Ojecoco      
gone
  Oloong   run by Shenzen Trongasonic Electronics   yes
  Opteka       yes
  Phoenix   acquired by Omega Satter, see Internet Archive  
liquidated/offline
  Phottix       no
  PiXeL Enterprises       yes
  Polaroid   ... is a trademark licensed to Sakar Int. since 2012 (owner is PLR IP Holdings)   yes
  Promaster       yes
  Quantaray   ... is the house brand of Ritz Camera   yes
  Quantum       yes
  Rikon        
  Rokinon   ... is a trademark of Elite Brands Inc.   yes
  RPS Studio   ... is a trademark of Dot Line Corp.   yes
  Seculine      
sucks
  Shanny        
  Sigma Germany   Sigma USA   yes
  Soligor Germany   old www.Soligor.com @ Internet Archive  
gone
  SMDV       yes
  Starblitz   ... is an Arkofoto trademark   no/no
  Sunblitz        
  Sunpak Japan   Sunpak Poland   yes
  Suntax       yes
  T1   more Godox rebadges    
  Targus       yes
  Triopo        
  Tumax       yes
  UEI/Tokina   Universal Electronics Industries ... home of Tintron, Holga and Starblitz flashes etc., not affiliated with Tokina Japan   yes
  Vello   ... is a trademark of Gradus Group, who also own B&H (that said - Vello = housebrand of B&H)   yes
  Viltrox   ... is a trademark by JYC Technology (HK)   not much info
  Vivitar   ... is a trademark owned by Sakar Int. since 2008, old page via Internet Archive   yes
  Voeloon   run by Shenzen Trongasonic Electronics (Oloong)    
  Voking   run by Chengdu Weizheng Digital Technology    
  Yashica   the 2012 Photokina Catalog names JCST Technology PTE Ltd as current holder of the brand   yes
  YongNuo       yes
  YouPro        
  Youtu Tech        
  Zeikos       yes

 

Manufacturers of Underwater Photography Equipment

  Brand   Alternative Resources/Comments   Up to date?
           
  10 Bar       yes
  Amphibico       yes
  Anthis   the real (and up-to-date) Nexus people   yes
  Aquatech       yes
  Aquatica       yes
  BS Kinetics       yes
  DiCaPac       yes
  Dive Ross       yes
  Epoque       yes
  Equinox       yes
  Ewa-Marine       yes
  Fantasea       yes
  Gun-Lux       useless
  Hugyfot       yes
  Ikelite       yes
  Inon       yes
  Jonah      
offline
  Nauticam       yes
  Nexus   Nexus USA (check Anthis above)   useless
  Nimar       yes
  Patima   old addy was patimahousing.com (gone as of 2013)   yes
  Sea&Sea       yes
  Seacam       yes
  Sealux       yes
  Seatool   Rescea; Fisheye; Seatool USA   yes
  SPL       yes
  Subal       yes
  UK-Germany      
under reconstruction ?
  UMIE      
still there
  Watershot       yes
  Zillion       yes
           
  Digifish.nl   another database of underwater housings    

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