Vintage And Modern Non-C/EF Macro Lenses Worth An Adaption To Canon EF - Canon EOS Technoclopedia

Macro Lenses Mounts1 eBay Price Angle Of View2 Max. Magnif. Aperture:
Min. | Blades| Form
Min. Dist. (cm) Filter (mm) Diameter (mm) Length (mm) Weight (g) Lens Hood Produced Comments Tests3
Admiral G.M.C. 55mm F3.0 Auto Macro     M42 60€   1:1 16     24 62       built-in      
Admiral/Panagor 55mm F3.0 Automatik-Makro           1:1         62           also available for K/AR  
Admiral/Panagor 90mm F2.8 PMC Automatik-Makro           1:1         62           also available for C/FD  
Asahi Opt. Co. 50mm F4.0 Macro Takumar     M42   47 1:1 22     20 49     265   1964 manual aperture  
Asahi Opt. Co. 50mm F4.0 Super-Macro-Takumar (Auto)     M42 50€ 47 1:2 22     23.4 49     248   1966    
Asahi Opt. Co. 50mm F4.0 S.-M.-C. Macro-Takumar (Auto)     M42   47   22       49         1971    
Asahi Opt. Co. 50mm F4.0 SMC -M Macro     P/K 98€ 47 1:2 32     23.4 49   42.6 248 (167?) built-in 1971   Analog-Photography.com: 81lp/mm at F8
Asahi Opt. Co. 50mm F3.5 SMC -A Macro     P/K   47   22       49       built-in      
Asahi Opt. Co. 50mm F2.8 SMC -A Macro     P/K   47 1:2 22     24 49 63 50 220 built-in      
Asahi Opt. Co. 100mm F4.0 S.-M.-C. Macro Takumar (Auto)     M42       22     45 49   77.9 353   1972 there are also Bellows Takumars available for use with bellows only (one SMC and one without)  
Asahi Opt. Co. 100mm F4.0 SMC -M Macro     P/K 84€   1:2 32     45 49              
Asahi Opt. Co. 100mm F4.0 SMC -M Macro Takumar     P/K     1:2 32       49             Analog-Photography.com: 76lp/mm at F8
Asahi Opt. Co. 100mm F4.0 Super-MC Macro Takumar (-A) (???)     P/K                              
Asahi Opt. Co. 100mm F2.8 SMC -A Macro     P/K 313€     22     31                
Asahi Opt. Co. 200mm F4.0 ED Macro (-A)     P/K                              
Avenon 100mm F2.8 Macro     P/K                         Kino Precision    
Carl Zeiss 50mm F2.0 Makro-Planar T* ZF/ZK     N/F | P/K 1111€ (fast neu) 45.5 1:2 22     24 67 72 89 530   Cosina 2006   PhotoZone (tested on a Nikon)
Carl Zeiss 60mm F2.8 Makro-Planar T*     C/Y   39 1:1 22     27 at 1:2 67 75.5 74 570        
Carl Zeiss 60mm F2.8 C Makro-Planar T*     C/Y   39 1:2 22     27 55 64.5 51.5 270 embedded* Tomioka (Kyocera) *G-11 soft or No.4 metal hood optionally  
Carl Zeiss 60mm F2.8 S-Planar T*     C/Y   39 1:1 - 1:10 22 6 polygonal   62 76 74 590       What Camera? 07/1990
Carl Zeiss 100mm F2.8 Makro-Planar T*     C/Y 600€   1:1 22     41 67 75 87 740     if "Made in Japan", it's manufactured by Kyocera What Camera? 07/1990
Carl Zeiss 100mm F2.0 Makro-Planar T* ZF/ZK     N/F | P/K   25 1:2 22     44 67 76 89 680   Cosina 2006    
Carl Zeiss Jena 55mm F2.8 Macro Pancolor     M42       22     25 49              
Elicar 55mm F2.8 V-HQ Macro MC     N/AiS | O/OM | P/K   43 1:1 16     21.5 62 69 63 340   Komine 1985 brand owned and distributed by Peter Gray & Associates, L.A. (similar to Panagor brand); also available for C/FD What Camera? 07.1990
Elicar 90mm F2.5 V-HQ Macro MC w/ 2x Macro Lens     N/Ai | O/OM | P/K 70€ | | 97€ 27 1:1 (2:1) 32     35 62 75 84 555   Komine 1985 comes in black; brand owned and distributed by Peter Gray & Associates, L.A. (similar to Panagor brand); also available for C/FD, M/SR Amateur Photographer 11/1984; What Camera? 07/1990
Elicar 90mm F2.5 V-HQ Medical Macro MC w/ 2x Macro Lens     N/AiS | P/K   130 (500*) max. 1:1 (2:1) 22             1410     *with special min. dist. extender; comes with a ring flash that's control unit fits into camera's tripod mount thread; black finish What Camera? 07/1990
Elicar 90mm F2.5 V-HQ Super Macro (A)     P/K   27 1.25:1 32       55 70 85 500   1996 comes in creamy gray; brand owned and distributed by Peter Gray & Associates, L.A. (similar to Panagor brand) Popular Photography 08/1997
Fuji Photo Film Co. 55mm F3.5 EBC Fujinon Macro w/ Fujica Tube*     M42   42.9 1:2 (1:1*) 32     24 49   52 (+27.3*) 244 (+89*)   1978 - 1980** *with matched extension tube; **source: usedprice.com Analog-Photography.com: 79.2lp/mm at F8
Kilfitt 40mm F3.5 C Makro-Kilar D     M42     1:1.1 22     5       170   Kamerabau-Anstalt Vaduz 1955 manual diaphragm  
Kilfitt 40mm F3.5 C Makro-Kilar E     M42     1:2 22 10 rounded 10       170   Kamerabau-Anstalt Vaduz 1955 manual diaphragm  
Kilfitt 40mm F2.8 C Makro-Kilar D     M42 120€   1:1.1 22 10 rounded 5       170   Kamerabau-Anstalt Vaduz 1956* *dated 1966 - 1971 by usedprice.com; manual diaphragm  
Kilfitt 40mm F2.8 C Makro-Kilar E     M42     1:2 22 10 rounded 10       170   Kamerabau-Anstalt Vaduz 1956* *dated 1966 - 1971 by usedprice.com; manual diaphragm  
Kilfitt München 90mm F2.8 Zoomar Makro-Kilar     M42 350€   1:1.1 32 16 circular 15       620 screw-in* 1956** *no more usage of filters then; **dated 1968 - 1973 by usedprice.com; first version was chrome, later ones black; the Zoomar inprint does not appear at the front ring, only on the barrel's side  
Kilfitt 90mm F2.8 Super Makro-Kilar     P6             13           1972* *according to various sources - Monaghan dates this lens back to 1966, usedprice.com throws in a 1966-71  
Heinz Kilfitt München 40mm F2.8 Makro-Kilar D OOO     M42 185€ (PL)   1:1.1 22     5       170   1956* *dated 1966 - 1971 by usedprice.com; full black design; manual diaphragm  
Heinz Kilfitt München 90mm F2.8 Makro-Kilar (C and OOO versions)     M42 | P6 206€ | 206€   1:1.7 32 16 circular 30         built-in 1968 editions with silver and black scales; exchangeable mount adapters, also available for C/FD  
Kiron 105mm F2.8 Macro   C/Y | N/Ai | O/OM | P/K 170€ | 150€ | 108€ | 176€ 23.3 1:1 32 8   35 52 72 110 650 retractable Kino Precision 1984 - 1986 also available branded Vivitar, Soligor, Lester A. Dine, Ricoh, Chinon (2.8/100 (?)), Avenon (2.8/100 (M39)) and Rolleinar (2.8/105 HFT); also available for C/FD, K/AR, M/SR David Kovaluk's 8-Lens Macro Shoot-Out and suppl. notes; Amateur Photographer 11/1984; FoMAG 11/1986; Modern Photography 09/1985
Leitz Wetzlar 60mm F2.8 (Auto) Macro-Elmarit R     L/R 214€   1:2 22     26 (24) 60   68 (74.8) +30 (?) 420 (+145) (?)       Analog-Photography.com: 78.5lp/mm at F8; What Camera? 07/1990
Leitz Wetzlar 80mm F5.6 Photar II     T     1:1 22                      
Leitz Wetzlar 100mm F4.0 Macro-Elmar R     L/R 84€ (US)   1:3 (1:1) (?) 32     56 (43?) 55/Ser. VII   90.6 (95.9) +30(?) 528 (+148) (?) built-in   bellows lens with optional focus mount for non-bellows usage? Analog-Photography.com: 71.5lp/mm at F8; What Camera? 07/1990
Leitz Wetzlar 100mm F2.8 APO Macro Elmarit R     L/R   24 1:2 (1:1) 22     45 60 73 104.5 760 built-in   dedicated Leitz Wetzlar Elpro 1:2 - 1:1 for R 2.8/100 available  
Leitz Wetzlar 130mm F6.3 Photar II     T     2.5:1 22                      
Lester A. Dine 105mm F2.8 MC Macro     P/K-A   23.3 1:1 32 8   35 52 72 110 650 see comment Kino Precision early SN x07... w/ hood, later SN x89... w/out hood; also available for M/SR David Kovaluk's 8-Lens Macro Shoot-Out; Amateur Photographer 11/1984
Linos 100mm F2.8 Macro [Qioptiq Inspec.x M Series]     N/F     1:2                     450 - 1000nm, industrial vision/line scan camera lens  
Lytkarino 50mm F2.8 Volna-9 MC Macro     M42 42€ 46 1:2 16     24 52   68 340 built-in rec. 1985 - 1991* *means I only have records about lenses from that period; manual diaphragm  
Nikon 55mm F3.5 Micro-Nikkor-P Auto (Type F)     N/F     1:1       21.4 52 66.5 55 235 HN-3 1971 - 1973 SN range 630001 ~ 727778  
Nikon 55mm F3.5 Micro-Nikkor-P.C Auto (Type C)     N/F 60€   1:2 (1:1) 32     24.1 52 65.5 55 235 (+99) HN-3 1973 - 1975 SN range 730001 - 811928; use Nikon M2 extension tube for 1:1  
Nikon 55mm F3.5 Micro-Nikkor Auto (Type K)     N/F     1:2       24.1 52 66 55 245 HN-3 1975 - 1977 SN range 850001 ~ 922641  
Nikon 55mm F3.5 Micro-Nikkor     N/Ai 60€   1:2 32     24.1 52 66 55 245 HN-3 1977 - 1979 SN range 940001 ~ 1105496 David Kovaluk's 8-Lens Macro Shoot-Out
Nikon 55mm F2.8 Micro-Nikkor     N/AiS 60€   1:2 32     25 52 63.5 62 290 built-in/HN-3 1979 - SN range 179041 ~ 803457; working distance at 1:1 (using PK13 extension tube) is 62mm  
Nikon 105mm F4.0 Micro-Nikkor (Type K)     N/F     1:2       47 52 74.5 96 500 built-in 1975 - 1977 SN range 174011 - 186955 Analog-Photography.com: 65.1lp/mm at F8
Nikon 105mm F4.0 Micro-Nikkor     N/Ai | N/AiS     1:2 32     47 52 74.5 96 500 built-in 1977 - 1983 Ai version produced until 1981 in SN range 186956 ~ 229066 ; AiS version succeeded Ai version in 1981 with SN range 232001 ~ 256544 David Kovaluk's 8-Lens Macro Shoot-Out
Nikon 105mm F2.8 Micro-Nikkor     N/AiS 250€ 23 1:2 32     41 52 66.5 83.5 515 KS-14 (HS-14?) 1983 - SN range 182061 ~ 302642, SNs from 300001 upwards are from 2006 & newer; working distance at 1:0.88 (using PN11 extension tube) is 150mm  
Nikon 120mm F4.0 IF Medical-Nikkor     N/Ai     1:1 32     35 49 98 142 890   1981 - 1998 SN range 180041 ~ 202361; incorporates a ring flash  
Nikon 200mm F4.0 Micro-Nikkor     N/Ai     1:2 32     71 52 67 180 734 retractable   feat. tripod collar and internal focusing; compatible with TC-300 (results in 400mm F8 with a 1:1 max. magnification) Modern Photography (tested 201.23mm F4.00, ...)
Nippon Kogaku 55mm F3.5 Micro-Nikkor Auto (Type F)     N/F     1:1       21.4 52 65 50 325 HN-3 1961 - 1963 SN range 171501 ~ 173777; this one's focal length is classically labeled in cm, not in mm  
Nippon Kogaku 55mm F3.5 Micro-Nikkor Auto (Type F)     N/F 40€ (US)   1:1   6   21.4 52 66 55.5 240 built-in/HN-3 1963 - 1969 SN range 188101 - 273153 (minor variations within the series) The Normal Lens Shootout: Super-Takumar & S.-M.-C. Takumar
Nippon Kogaku 55mm F3.5 Micro-Nikkor-P Auto (Type F)     N/F     1:1       21.4 52 66.5 55 235 HN-3 1968 - 1971 SN range 600001 ~ 620xxx  
Novoflex 35mm F3.5 Noflexar     M42 52€   1:1 16                 Schneider-Kreuznach 1967 - 1969 reported to be not that a great lens  
Olympus 50mm F3.5 Auto-Macro Zuiko     O/OM     1:2 22     23 49 57 40.1 168 built-in   feat. a full focus throw of 315° Modern Photography (tested 52mm Fn.a., ...); Analog-Photography.com: 82.7lp/mm at F8; What Camera? 07/1990
Olympus 90mm F4.0 Auto-Macro Zuiko     O/OM     1:2                        
Olympus 90mm F2.0 Auto-Macro Zuiko     O/OM     1:2 22     40 55 72 70 549       Modern Photography; What Camera? 07/1990
Panagor 55mm F3.0 PMC Auto Macro     C/Y | P/K | N/Ai | 68€ | 43€ 42 1:1 16     21 62   62.6 329 built-in 1982 - 1990 distributed by Peter Gray & Associates, L.A. (similar to Elicar brand), also available for M/SR Analog-Photography.com: 78.5lp/mm at F8
Panagor 55mm F2.8 PMC Auto Macro     O/OM 43€ (US)   1:1 16     21 62              
Panagor 90mm F2.8 PMC Auto Macro     C/Y | M42 | N/Ai | O/OM | P/K | 72€ | | 50€ (UK) | 93€ 27 1:1 22 8 polygonal 35 62 68 84.1 (100?) 488 (520?) built-in Komine 1982 - 1990 distributed by Peter Gray & Associates, L.A. (similar to Elicar brand); also available for C/FD and M/SR Analog-Photography.com: 79.8lp/mm at F8
Phoenix 100mm F3.5 Macro w/ Macro Lens [#09-03x]     C/Y | M42 | N/AiS | O/OM | P/K   25 1:2 (1:1) 22     43 49 66 66 281   Cosina also available for C/FD and M/SR  
Piesker 100mm F3.5 Macro Kalimar     M42       22             106        
Quantaray 55mm F3.0 Auto     N       16     21 62         1977 - 1981 also available for M/SR  
Ricoh 105mm F2.8 Rikenon P Macro     P/K 171€ (US)   1:1 22 8 polygonal 45 52       built-in Kino Precision    
Sigma 50mm F2.8 Macro     C/Y | N | O/OM | P/K     1:1 22     19 52       bayonet 1990 also available for M/SR What Camera? 07/1990
Sigma 55mm F2.8 Multi (Coated) Macro Focusing Standard YS     M42     1:2 22 6   25 62       embedded      
Sigma 55mm F2.8 XQ Multi-Coated Macro Focusing     M42 | N     1:2 - 1:5 22     25 62       embedded 1977    
Sigma 90mm F2.8 Macro     N | P/K     1:2 22     33 52       bayonet   also available for C/FD; 1:1 lens included  
Sigma 100mm F2.8 YS Micromacro System Focusing       15€ (w/out YS ad.)   1:1 22     90 62       embedded   often seen with dedicated filters (skylight)  
Sigma 100mm F2.8 XQ Macro (Scalematic) System Focusing (MC)     O/OM 120$   1:1 22     90 62       embedded 1976-1980 also available for C/FD, M/MC  
Sigma 200mm F3.5 XQ     N/F     1:1                        
Soligor 55mm F2.8 Auto Macro     M42     1:2                   1977 - 1980    
Soligor 90mm F2.5 C/D Macro MC w/ 2x True Macro Lens     O/OM | N/AiS | P/K 44€ | | 125€   1:1 (2:1) 32       62     556   Komine 1980s also available for C/FD  
Soligor 100mm F3.5 MC Macro w/ Matched Macro Adapter     C/Y | M42 | O/OM | P/K(A)-R | 96€ | | 25 1:2 (1:1) 22     43     70 225     the plastic MF cheapos also available as AF versions for selected mounts  
Soligor 105mm F2.8 C/D Macro MC     N | O/OM | P/K-A 150€ | 40€   1:1 32     45 52       built-in Kino Precision   FoMAG 11/1986
Spiratone 55mm F2.8 Macromat                               1970 - 1975    
Starblitz 24mm F2.8 Macro         84 1:4 22     17 52 63 40 238     well ... at least one wide angle macro  
Steinheil München 100mm F2.8 Macro-Quinar     M42 420€ (PL)     22                      
Steinheil München 105mm F4.5 Cassar     M42       32                   very very very old - consists of only 3 optical elements; seems like the lens consists of two parts: front element with optics (can also be used as enlarger lens (www.macrolenses.de)) and a big 'extension tube' (seen on ebay)  
Tokina 90mm F2.5 AT-X M90 w/ AT-X Macro Extender     C/Y | N/Ai | N/AiS | O/OM | P/K 134€ | 133€ | | 228€ | 120€ 27 1:2 (1:1) 32 8   39 55 65.5 77 530   1986 - 1996 also available for C/FD, M/SR Old Photodo; David Kovaluk's Making Not Taking (Review); Amateur Photographer Nov. 1984; What Camera? 07/1990
Tokina 100mm F3.5 EMZ M100 AF Macro     N/AiS | P/K   24.3 1:2 22     43 49 68 79.5 210     also available for M/SR  
Tomioka 60mm F2.8 Macro Yashinon     M42 70€     22 6 polygonal 23 58     397   Tomioka    
Vivitar 55mm F2.8 MC/Auto* Macro     M42 | N/Ai | O/OM | P/K 58€ | 100€ | 45€ | 43 1:1 16 6   21 62 70 64 313 embedded Komine 1977 - appr. 1986 *some are labeled MC but not Auto, others are labeled Auto but not MC; also available for C/FD, K/AR, M/SR Analog-Photography.com: 75.4lp/mm at F8
Vivitar 90mm F2.8 Auto Telephoto Macro   M42 | N/Ai | O/OM 56€ | 90€ | 61€ 27 1:1 22     35 62 70 89 480 built-in Komine 1976 - 1978 also available for C/FD, K/AR, M/SR  
Vivitar 90mm F2.5 VMC Macro Series 1 w/ Macro Adapter Snapshots of Vivitar 90mm F2.5 VMC Macro Series 1 M42 | N/Ai | O/OM | 123€ | 105€ (US) 27 1:2 (1:1) 22 8   40 (35.5) 58 70 90 (138) 644 (936)   Tokina 1975 - 1981 Nickname: "Bokina"; also available for C/FD, M/SR; achieved the highest resolution of it's time (American & Modern Photography) David Kovaluk's 8-Lens Macro Shoot-Out and suppl. notes
Vivitar 90mm F2.5 MC (Auto) Macro Telephoto (Ø55)     P/K 134€   1:1         55   appr. 95 543 screw-in Komine 1986 uprated very rare version of the Komine made 2.8/90  
Vivitar 90mm F2.5 MC (Auto) Macro Telephoto (Ø62)     C/Y | N/AiS | O/OM | P/K | 66€ | | 27 1:1 22     35 62 74 85 560 screw-in Komine 1986 uprated very rare version of the Komine made 2.8/90 David Kovaluk's 8-Lens Macro Shoot-Out and suppl. notes
Vivitar 100mm F3.5 Macro w/ Macro Lens     C/Y | N/Ai | O/OM | P/K   25 1:2 (1:1) 22     43 49 66 66 281   Cosina also available for C/FD  
Vivitar 100mm F2.8 MC 1:1 Macro Telephoto   C/Y | N/Ai | O/OM | P/K-A | 110€ | | 95€ 22 1:1 32 8   44 52 71.1 101.6 646.4 retractable Kino Precision also available as Lester-A-Dine edition; for C/FD; not to confuse with the 100mm F2.8 Auto Telephoto (SN 37...) FoMAG 11/1986
Vivitar 105mm F2.5 VMC Macro Telephoto Series 1   C/Y | N/Ai | O/OM | P/K | 101€ | | 261€ (NL) 23.2 1:1 32 8   35 52 72 102.5 656 retractable Kino Precision also available for C/FD, M/SR; working distance at 1:1 is 140mm Old Photodo; David Kovaluk's 8-Lens Macro Shoot-Out and suppl. notes; What Camera? 07/1990
Vivitar 135mm F2.8 Close Focusing Snapshots of Vivitar 90mm F2.5 VMC Macro Series 1 M42 | O/OM   18 1:2 - 1:20 22     60 62 70 87.5 430   Komine also for C/FD and K/AR; long portrait lens optimized for macro shooting, based on the 2.5/90 S1 design; Vivitar 135mm is also available as F2.3 version feat. 1:4.5 and F2.8 version w/out Close Focus (Ø 55mm) feat. 1:9 magnification, all produced by Komine  
Voigtländer 125mm F2.5 Macro APO-Lanthar SL     C/Y | M42 | N/AiS | O/OM | P/K   20 1:1 22     38 58 76 88.2 690   Cosina excellent high-end lens; full turn of the focus ring lasts for 530°; also available for C/EF PhotoZone
Yashica 55mm F4.0 ML Macro     C/Y 25€   1:1 22     25             special "Dental Eye" version available?  
Yashica 55mm F2.8 ML Macro     C/Y | M42 58€ |   1:2 (1:1) 22     25         built-in     Analog-Photography.com: 81lp/mm at F8
Yashica 100mm F3.5 ML Macro     C/Y 87€                            
Zoomar Muenchen 40mm F2.8 Macro Zoomatar D     M42 260€   1:1.1 22     5 R-Holder           no front filter thread; full black design  
Zoomar Muenchen 90mm F2.8 Macro Zoomatar     M42 320€ (US)   1:1 32     36 41/Ser. VI/62   97.4 522 (489?)     Zoomar München emerged out of Kilfitt München; one of the first aspherical lenses; integrated, removable filter holder for 41mm, additional use of 62mm filters if removed or use of gelatine rear filters; there have been adapters for nearly all SLRs of that time; rare Analog-Photography.com: 62.1lp/mm at F8, rated worst shit of all times by Color Foto 1980 (?)

Macro Tele Converters Mounts1 eBay Price Angle Of View2 Magnification Aperture Min. Dist. (cm) Filter (mm) Diameter (mm) Length (mm) Weight (g) Lens Hood Produced Comments Tests3
Admiral/Panagor Auto Macro Converter     C/Y 15€   1:10 - 1:1 -/-   -/-       -/-      
Elicar Macronet-Telecon 3x Auto     N/Ai     1:5 - 1.5:1 -/-   -/-       -/-      
Kenko 2x (CX | NA | NAS | OP) Macro Teleplus MC7     C/Y | N/Ai | N/AiS | O/OM 7€ | 27€ |   1:20 - 1:1 -/- 45* -/-       -/-   *w/ 50mm lens; also available for C/FD ("CFE"), M/SR ("MX")  
Panagor Auto Macro Converter (- 1:5)           1:5 - 1:1 -/-   -/-   appr. 53 appr. 270 -/-   4/4 design; also available for C/FD, K/AR (1:4 - 1:1), M/SR (1:7 - 1:1)  
Panagor Auto Macro Converter (- 1:10)     C/Y | P/K | N/Ai     1:10 - 1:1 -/-   -/-       -/-      
Panagor Tele-Macronet     O/OM | N/Ai 7€ | 34€   1:5 - 1.5:1 -/-   -/-       -/-   also available for M/SR  
Sigma Tele-Macro Multi-Coated 2x - 1:1           - 1:1 -/-   -/-       -/-   also available for M/SR  
Soligor Macro Tele-Converter 2x C/D7     N/Ai | O/OM | P/K-A 10€ | 12€ |   1:20 - -/-   -/-       -/-   also available for C/FD & M/SR  
Vivitar 2x Macro Focusing Teleconverter for 50mm     M42 | N/Ai | O/OM | P/K | 11€ | | 70€   1:20 - 1:1 -/-   -/-       -/-   also available for M/SR  

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General Notes:
1.) I try to keep this list 'reasonable'. It is therefore limited to lenses, that can be adopted to Canon EF by means of still making sense. That excludes most zoom lenses, lenses without aperture ring, most middle and big format lenses because of their lower resolution and lenses that have to be corrected by using glass elements in the mount adapter pieces (Canon FD and Minolta). These glass elements are often either low quality or the adapter itself is very pricey. You can use the cheap ones without their glass elements, but this will result in less working distance and loss of infinity focus. Since working distance is already very limited with macro lenses and loss of infinity not really makes sense for wide or tele lenses, this method is not considered a real option, when buying a lens for normal usage.
2.) Limited EOS compatibility: Useless to say, all lenses in this list are limited in their EOS compatibility. There will be no AF nor In-Focus-Indication and there will be no time priority nor full auto mode due to missing electronic coupling between lens and body. Auto apertures are not available (while this feature will still be very useful for manual focusing).
Also, I don't make a distinction between fully manual and preset aperture mechanisms, they are just referred to as manual diaphragms.
3.) Asahi production periods: M42 preset Takumars 1957-1962, Auto-Takumars 1958-1962, Super-Takumars 1962-1971, Super-Multi-Coated (S.-M.-C.) Takumars early period and SMC Takumars later period of 1971-1976 (source: Frank Mechelhoff)
Pentax vintage mount versions: M42: 1957-?, SMC-M: 1975 -?, SMC-A: 1983 - ?
4.) Some Yashica lenses are available as AE and MM versions. AE stands for Auto Exposure us usual, MM stands for MultiMode, which adds automatic aperture setting. AE was introduced with the C/Y bayonet in 1974
5.) Soligor series shorties: The C/D series was the top end line with some very good lenses. C/D stands for Computer Designed. The S/M designation seems to be a marketing gimmick like Vivitar's RL or SMS editions. S/M stands for Special Model/Sondermodell.
6.) Bits and pieces about Sigma XQ Scalematic System: "'Scalematic' system automatically measures dimensions of subject as lens is focused" (printed on a 2.8/100 packaging). Sounds like a predecessor of face detection?
7.) For more Nikon related stuff visit Roland's Nikon Pages. In-depth information like model variations, SN ranges and production periods here is given according to his information.
8.) A note on Vivitar serial numbers for lenses manufactured between 1970 and 1990 according to Stephen Gandy, complemented with information given by KironKid and Boggy at Kiron-Klub:
  They (most often) consist of 8 digits, whereof ...
  • 1st two digits tell the manufacturer:
    6: Olympus, 9: Cosina, 13: Schneider Optik, 19: Sigma, 22: Kino Precision, 25: Ozone Optical, 28: Komine, 32: Makinon, 33: Asanuma, 37: Tokina, 42: Bauer, 44: Perkin Elmer, 47: Chinon, 51: Tokyo Trading, 56: Kyoe Schoji, 61: Samyang, 75: Hoya Optical, 77: Kobori, 81: Polar
    - still missing in this list are #0 and #41
  • 3rd digit tells the year (so 5 either means 1975 or 1985 ... you need to know the production period to be sure)
  • 4th and 5th digit tell the production week

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