Vintage & Other Adaptable Lenses: Process Log

General Notes

1) The data given at does not seem to be very correct at times. Due to this fact data found for macro lenses that were tested there might be incorrect.

2) About generic 100-500mm MF zooms:
"There are a few 100-500 zooms floating around (Cambron, Samyang, Vivitar [produced by Cosina], Phoenix (f/5.6-8.0) etc.). Nice range but none of them are very good. Really not worth considering unless you don't demand much in the way of optical performance [...]" (source: Bob Atkins)

example: Phoenix 100-500mm f/5.6-8.0 MF Lens slide zoom
unlike exception: Vivitar 120-600mm f/5.6-8.0 MF Series 1 ... this lens was produced by Tokina and is reported to give comparatively good results

3) YS mount shorties collected:

  • Sun YS-MC: Minolta MC
  • Sun YS-PE: M42
  • YS-FTb: Canon FD
  • YS-KF: Konica
  • YS-Lf: Leicaflex
  • YS-OM1: Olympus

Informations regarding the 90mm-105mm Macros of Kino, Vivitar & Co.

1) at Boggy states the following:

  • Vivitar 90mm 2.5 Series 1 was made by Tokina, followed by
  • Vivitar 90mm 2.8 produced by Komine, followed by
  • Vivitar 90mm 2.5 produced by Komine, uprated version of #2, followed by
  • Vivitar 100mm 2.8 produced by Kino, modified version of the Kiron 105mm f/2.8 Macro, followed by
  • Vivitar 105mm 2.5 Series 1 also produced by Kino, uprated version of the above

... and that the Komine produced Vivitar 90/2.5 served as base model for the 1:1 derivates like Elicar, Rokunar and Soligor

Additional info on later request about approx. production periods for these lenses:

  • Tokina made 90mm f/2.5 1976-78
  • Komine made 90mm f/2.8 1977-79
  • Komine made 90mm f/2.5 1980-83
  • Kino made 100mm f/2.8 1985-87
  • Kino made 105mm f/2.5 1987-9?

2) at Wilhelm Zedler states:

  • Soligor 90mm f/2.5 C/D Macro
  • Soligor 105mm f/2.8 C/D Macro
  • Panagor 90mm f/2.8 (wrong? see 3) below, 1) ahead, but also 4) below)
  • Elicar 55mm f/2.8
  • Elicar 90mm f/2.5 were all produced by Kino

3) at Nan states:

  • Vivitar 90mm f/2.5 = Elicar 90mm f/2.5 = Soligor 90mm f/2.5 = Spiratone 90mm f/2.5 ... (made by Komine, not verified)
  • Vivitar 90mm f/2.5 Series 1 = Tokina AT-X 90mm f/2.5 ... (made by Tokina, Vivitar SN verified, Tokina AT-X model not identical though, just based on the Viv S1)
  • Vivitar 90mm f/2.8 = Panagor 90mm f/2.8 ... (made by Komine, Vivitar SN verified)
  • Vivitar 100mm f/2.8 = Kiron 105mm f/2.8 = Avenon 100mm f/2.8 ... (made by Kino, Vivitar SN verified)
  • Vivitar 105mm f/2.5 Series 1 = ? ... (see 1, same as above)

4) at Boggy states:

  • Panagor 90mm f/2.8 "allegedly" manufactured by Kino (see 2)

Pending Entries: Macro Lenses Data found
agof-scha 50mm f/2.8 most probably the A. Schacht Ulm Edixa-M-Travenar-A
1967-72, preset, normal travenar, macro
M42, min.dist.=15cm, f/22, old style zebra look
Cambron 55mm f/2.8 both listed since 2000.11 (still recent in 2011), max. magnification is 1:1
Cambron 90mm f/2.5
Cambron 100mm f/3.5 listed online from 1999 - 2000
Kalimar 50mm f/3.5 1977, preset kaligar
Kyvyx Cor 50mm f/3.5 Auto Komura 1969
Novoflex 105mm f/3.5 Auto Noflexar Macro 1967
Panagor 90mm f/2.5 M42 (no source available to proof its existence, no clue where I got the tip from)
Promura 135mm f/2.8 Auto Tele Macro 1984
Rokunar 55mm f/2.8 Auto Macro 1984-1988, "V-HQ Macro MC": 62mm, 1:1, 6 blades, looks like Vivitar, Elicar etc, for Minolta
Rokunar 90mm f/2.5 Auto Macro 1984-1988
Rokunar 135mm f/2.8 Auto Macro 1975-1980
Sigma 55mm f/2.8 Auto 1975
Sigma 100mm f/2.8 Macro sold w/ "Sun YS-MC" M/MC mount piece, f/22
Sigma 135mm f/2.8 XQ Auto Tele Macro 1976, found YS Scalematic Macro & YS Telephoto versions going to 1:3 only
Soligor 100mm f/2.8 Auto C/D Macro 1975-77
Steinheil 55mm f/1.9 (Auto) Macro-Quinon 1967-72, 1:1, old style zebra look
Spiratone 90mm Macro ??
Toyo 135mm f/2.8 Macro Telephoto 1982-1983 listed by

Pending Entries: Superwide Lenses Data found
Spiratone 17mm f/3.5 Pluracoat Ultra Wideangle 67mm filter, C/FD 78€ (US)
Vivitar 17mm f/2.8 listed by McBroom's Camera Bluebook (Ed. 2000)
Yashica 15mm f/2.8 ML Fisheye  

Pending Entries: Wide Lenses Data found
Formula 5 35mm f/1.8 Auto 1977-82
Komura 24mm f/2.5 Komuranon 1979-1984* (*source:
Komura 28mm f/2.5 Komuranon 1978-1984* (*source:
Komura 35mm f/2.5 Super 1970-1984* (*source:
Komura 35mm f/2.5 Unidapter 1977-1984* (*source:
Mitakon 24mm f/2.5 MC Auto spotted on Ebay, Mitakon MC in orange letters, Nikon AI, Ø62mm
Rokunar 35mm f/2.5 1966-1970 listed at
Sonnagor 25mm f/2.5 1977-1982 listed at
Sonnagor 35mm f/2.5 1966-1971 listed at
Spiratone 28mm f/2.0 Pluracoat 1977-82 listed at
Spiratone 35mm f/1.8 Pluracoat 1977-82 listed at
Vivitar 28mm 2.5 preset version? (

Pending Entries: Standard Lenses Data found
Angenieux 25mm f/1.4 mounts?
Angenieux 90mm f/1.8 M42 >500g, MinDist. <91cm, 50s-60s highend lens; manual diaphragm; other mounts?
Angenieux 90mm f/2.5 Type Y12 M42, f/22, 1977-1982* (*source:
Astro Berlin 65mm f/0.75 Tachon for 35mm cinematography ... mount?*
Astro Berlin 25mm f/0.95 Tachon for 35mm cinematography ... mount?*
Astro Berlin 35mm f/0.95 Tachon for 35mm cinematography ... mount?*
Astro Berlin 52mm f/0.95 Tachon for 35mm cinematography ... mount?*
Astro Berlin 72mm f/0.95 Tachon for 35mm cinematography ... mount?*
*see "Astro-Objektive gab es mit Anpassungen für [...] Edixa-Reflex, Contax S, Pentacon, Praktica, Asahi Pentax, Yashica Reflex, Praktiflex, Praktina, Exa, Exakta, Topcon, Mamiya Reflex, Exakta Aussenbajonett, Exakta Real, Nikon F, Nikkormat, Nikkorrex [...]"
Novoflex 340mm 5.6 Follow-Focus  
Zeiss 100mm f2.0 C/Y, very sharp wide open, 700€ (UK)

Pending Entries: Tele Lenses Data found
Aetna 450mm f/6.5 (Super-Coligon?) T-mount, f/32
Aetna 500mm f/8.0 Coligon 1966
Amitar 500mm f/5.0 Astragon 1966-1971
Amitar 500mm f/5.0 Astragon 1977
Amitar 500mm f/8.0 Tele-Astranar 1975-1980
Amitar 500mm f/8.0 Tele-Astranar D 1980-1985 (??...source:
Amitar 600mm f/8.0 Tele-Astranar 1975-1980
Amitar 600mm f/8.0 Tele-Astranar D 1980-1985 (??...source:
Amitar 600mm f/5.0 (8.0?) Astragon 1977-82
Amitar 800mm f/5.0 Astragon 1977-1982
Amitar 800mm f/8.0 Tele-Astranar 1975-1980
Amitar 800mm f/8.0 Tele-Astranar D 1980-1985 (??...source:
Amitar 800mm f/8.0 1977
Amitar 1000mm f/6.3 Astragon 1966-1971
Astro Berlin 400mm f/5.0 Fernbildlinse  
Astro Berlin 500mm f/5.0 Fernbildlinse  
Astro Berlin 640mm f/5.0 Fernbildlinse  
Astro Berlin 800mm f/5.0 C Fernbildlinse Rearfilter f/32 no mount specified ("freely adaptable to 35mm & 6x6")
Astro Berlin 1000mm f/5.0 Fernbildlinse  
Bass 500mm f/8.0 Mirror 1977
Birns & Sawyer 400mm f/4.5 omnitar 1969-1981 made in USA (silver "Hammerschlag-Optik") f/22
Birns & Sawyer 400mm f/5.0 omnitar 1969-1981
Birns & Sawyer 400mm f/5.5 omnitar 1969-1981
Birns & Sawyer 500mm f/5.0 omnitar 1969-1981 "AGE 129" made in Germany (silver "Hammerschlag-Optik") f/22
Birns & Sawyer 600mm f/5.0 omnitar 1969-1981
Birns & Sawyer 800mm f/5.0 omnitar 1969-1981 (?) made in USA (white)
Birns & Sawyer 800mm f/5.0 omnitar 1969-1981 (?) made in Germany (silver "Hammerschlag-Optik") f/32
Birns & Sawyer 1000mm f/4.5 omnitar 1977-1981 (white) diam=9 13/16", LH built-in/screw-in?
Birns & Sawyer (?) 1000mm f/6.3 Omnitar 1969-1981 made in Germany (silver "Hammerschlag-Optik"), LH built-in/screw-in?
Bower 500mm f/8.0 1970 T-mount
Cambron 500mm f/8.0 listed as Telephoto, Multicoated Telephoto and Wildlife Lens (3 different versions with different price tag)
Cambron 500mm f/4.5 all of the long telephoto construction type, marked as Custom Pro lens without fixed price; no technical specs given; never seen on Ebay or reported on the web to be really owned by anyone; listed by CambridgeWorld since 2000.11 (still recent in 2011)
Cambron 600mm f/4.5
Cambron 800mm f/4.7
Cambron 1000mm f/5.6
Cambron 1200mm f/6.8
Cambron 800mm f/10 all of the mirror construction type with price tags between 1000$ and 2500$; no technical specs given; never seen on Ebay or reported on the web to be really owned by anyone; listed by CambridgeWorld since 2000.11 (still recent in 2011)
Cambron 1000mm f/11
Cambron 1260mm f/6.3
Cambron 1600mm f/6.3
Cambron 2000mm f/10
Cambron 2500mm f/10
Kaligar 400mm f/6.3 Tele Photo f/22 M42 9€ (US)
Kalt 600mm f/8.0 1967
Kawanon 500mm f/8.0 Mirror T-mount 30€ (US)
Kawanon 500mm f/8.0 T-mount min.dist=1000, f/max=22, 72mm filter, screw-in lens hood, adjustable tripod mount
Kimunor 500mm f/8.0 T2 67mm f/32 C/FD, M/MC & P/K mount adapters originally included; HQ Optics/HQ Marketing, Los Alamitos California
Komura 400mm f/6.3 (Unidapter) Kyvyx Corp., 1966-1984* (*source:
Komura 400mm f/6.3 Kyvyx Corp., 1977-1984* (*source:
Makinon 500mm f/8.0, Nikon-mount?
Marexar 500mm f/8.0 Mirror  
Novoflex 680mm 8.0 Follow-Focus Novoflex Follow-Focus lenses in general are optimized for center sharpness: tack sharp in the center, shit in the corners: ideal for cropping
Ohnar 500mm f/8.0 Mirror  
Piesker Berlin 400mm f/4.5 Tele Picon M42, screw-in Geli, zebra-style
Prinz 500mm f/8.8 Mirror 1988 (?? source:
Prinz 500mm f/8.0 Macro 1994
Prinz Galaxy  
Quantaray 500mm f/8.0 Micro Cat MC 1978-1982 listed at
Rokinon 500mm f/8.0 Mirror 1:3
Rokunar 500mm f/8.0 1978-2002 listed at
Sakar 500mm f/8.0 Series 1900 preset 1985-1987 listed at
Samigon 500mm f/8.0 Mirror 1968-1975 listed at
Samigon 500mm f/8.0 1966-1975 listed at
Sigma 500mm f/4.5 Apo listed by McBroom's Camera Bluebook (Ed. 2000)
Sigma 1000mm f/8.0 Apo listed by McBroom's Camera Bluebook (Ed. 2000)
Sirius 500mm f/8.0 Mirror  
Spiratone 500mm f/8.0 Minitel Mirror T-mount filter 77mm tripod mount 48EUR (US)
Spiratone 500mm f/8.0 Ultratel Mirror 1970-1975 listed at (Ultratel Preset or Minitel Mirror?)
Super Paragon 500mm f/8.0 Mirror  
Sunagor 500mm f/8.0 Mirror  
Telesar 500mm f/8.0 Mirror 1968-1970
TEWE Berlin 400mm f/5.0 Mxx? 80€
Vivitar 400mm f/5.6 MC fixed mount built-in (retractable) lenshood 1976-1980 listed by
Vivitar 400mm f/5.6 T2-mount 1977-1979 listed by
Vivitar 400mm f/5.6 TX-mount 1978-1979 listed by
Vivitar 500mm f/8.0 T-mount 1966-1979 listed by
Vivitar 500-800mm f/8.0-12.0 Mirror Zoom  
Vivitar 600mm f/8.0 T-mount 1970-1979 listed by, listed by McBroom's Camera Bluebook (Ed. 2000)
Zoomar 400mm f/4.0 Sport-Zoomatar interchangeable mount for 35mm to 6x6; filter holder; N/F 400€ (US)

Century Precision Lenses listed by McBroom's Camera Bluebook
230mm f/2.8 Tele-Athenar II not listed by Monaghan
300mm f/3.2 Tele-Athenar II also listed by Monaghan
385mm f/4.5 Tele-Athenar II also listed by Monaghan
500mm f/3.8 Tele-Athenar II Monaghan lists this one as f/4.5
500mm f/5.6 Tele-Athenar II also listed by Monaghan
600mm f/4.5 Tele-Athenar II not listed by Monaghan
650mm f/6.8 Tele-Athenar II also listed by Monaghan
800mm f/4.7 Tele-Athenar II I've seen this one as f/6.0
1000mm f/5.6 Tele-Athenar II This is infact a Tele-Athenar from the first series. BIG lens. More details in the main listing now.
1200mm f/6.8 Tele-Athenar II not listed by Monaghan

More Pentax M42 Lenses
Asahi Super Takumar 1,9/85mm (Auto) 28° f/16 85cm 58mm 350g older one (<1969), quite good (
Asahi Auto Takumar 1,8/85mm 58mm, quite good (

More Pentax P/K Lenses
Asahi 400mm f/2.8 EDIF (A*) (Auto) 6° f/32 4m 49mm 164x325 6000g
Asahi 400mm f/5.6 SMC (M) (auch als M42 Tele-Takumar (kein SMC, kein Auto, f/45, 160€))
Asahi 400-600mm f/8.0-12.0 Mirror  
Asahi 500mm f/4.5 5° f/45 10m 52mm 127x440 3330g (= Asahi Opt. Co. 500mm f/4.5 Takumar ?)
Asahi 600mm f/5.6 EDIF (A*) (Auto) 4.1° f/45 49mm 5.5m 133x386 3280g
Asahi 1000mm f/11.0 R 2.5° 8m built-in/52mm 119x248 2300g
Asahi 1000mm f/8.0 2.5° f/45 30m 52mm 143x738 5250g
Asahi 1200mm f/8.0 EDIF (A*) (Auto) 2.1° f/45 8m 49mm 170x684 8580g
Asahi 2000mm f/13.5 SMC -M Reflex 1.2° 20m revolver 180x530 8000g built-in 2350€ (PL, n.s.)

More Russian Lenses
Tair-29 500mm f/8.0
Tair-46 500mm f/5.6 4.35°
Tair-50 750mm f/6.3
Tair-52 1000mm f/8.0 2.18°

Sigma YS Lenses
Sigma 16mm f/2.8  
Sigma 18mm f/3.5  
Spiratone 18mm f/3.5 I  
Spiratone 18mm f/3.5 II  
Sigma 55mm f/2.8 Macro  
Sigma 135mm f/1.8  

Lenses to burn your fingers (well ... in most cases)

Exakta 18-28mm f/4.0-4.5 Varioplan M42 f/22
Centon 18-28mm f/4.0-4.5 P/K f/22
Samyang 18-28mm f/4.0-4.5 M/MC N/? O/OM P/K 100-75° Min.dist.=1.6ft. Magnif.=1:12 72mm 3x3.2" 17.2oz. Popular Photography Feb. 1992
Sirius 18-28mm f/4.0-4.5 O/OM
Vivitar 17-28mm f/4.0-4.5 PK-A/R f/22 72mm 70,- (US) C/FD 70,- (US)
probably missing here are Cambron, Vitacon, Beroflex and Practicar a swell as the OEM: Samyang ("they" say so)

Asahi 50mm f/1.2 SMC: 350,-
Nikon 50mm f/1.2 Nikkor: 350,- [50cm, 52mm]
Olympus 55mm f/1.2 Zuiko Auto S: 270,-
Olympus 55mm f/1.2 G-Zuiko Auto-S: 170,-
Porst 55mm f/1.2 Color Reflex MC Auto F: 160,- (n.s.) [f/16, P/K]
Revuenon 55mm f/1.2 P/K 58mm
Revuenon 55mm f/1.2 MC: 130,- [f/16, 58mm, 320g, 60cm, P/K]
Tomioka 55mm f/1.2 Auto Chinon: 500,- (n.s.) [50cm, M42]
Tomioka 55mm f/1.2 Yashinon: 300,- [M42]
=> reports problems with the adaption of an Auto Yashinon to an EOS 5D (lens back hits mirror, no mod possible)
Yashica ML 55mm f/1.2: 300,- [C/Y]
Yashica ML 55mm f/1.2: 250,- [C/Y]

Asahi 50mm f/1.4 S.-M.-C. M42
Asahi 50mm f/1.4 SMC P/K(A)
Chinon 55mm f/1.4 Auto M42
Cosinon 55mm f/1.4 Auto M42
Fuji Photo 50mm f/1.4 EBC Fujinon M42 f/16 50,-
Mamiya 55mm f/1.4 Auto M42
Olympus 50mm f/1.4 Zuiko Auto-S O/OM
Porst 55mm f/1.4 Color Reflex Auto G MC (Chinon-cushion ring)
Porst 55mm f/1.4 Color Reflex Auto G MC (Komura-rubber ring)
=> reports problems with the adaption of these two Porst lenses to an EOS 5D (lens back hits mirror, no mod possible)
Reflecta 55mm f/1.4 Auto M42
Revuenon 55mm f/1.4 Auto M42
Rikenon 55mm f/1.4 Auto M42
Sears 55mm f/1.4 Auto M42
Yashinon 55mm 1.4 Auto M42
Yashinon 50mm f/1.4 DX silver ring
Yashinon 50mm f/1.4 DX black ring
=> reports problems with the adaption of these two Yashinon lenses to an EOS 5D (lens back hits mirror, no mod possible)
Yashinon 50mm f/1.4 DS
Yashinon 50mm f/1.4 DS-M
Yashinon 55mm f/1.4 DS-M
Zeiss 50mm 1.4 Planar AE C/Y

Chinon, Cosinon, Mamiya, Reflecta, Revuenon, Rikenon, Sears & Yashinon lenses supposed to be designed by Tomioka.
Ricoh Rikkenon 50mm f1.4 | Sears 55mm f1.4 | Vivitar 85mm f1.8 Beispielbilder:

Porst 135mm f/1.8 > Totalschrott (,255mm), testet in early 1980 by Color Foto
incarnations: Weltblick, Vivitar, Spiratone, Soligor, Sigma YS, Porst, Eyemik
manufacturer: Tomioka?
similiar: Beroflex 135mm 1.8 (maybe same optical design in just slightly different barrels), Spiratone 135mm f/1.8 (f/16, 18°, 180cm, 82mm filter, 93x90mm, 1200g ... same?)