Vintage & Other Adaptable Lenses: Process Log

General Notes

1) The data given at Analog-Photography.com 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 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Kiron-Klub/message/20810 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 http://www.nikon-foto.de/templates/mystuff/3rdparty/KIRON.html 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 http://www.four-thirds.cn/forum/viewthread.php?tid=17792&extra=&highlight=&page=5 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 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Kiron-Klub/message/22387 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 usedprice.com

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: usedprice.com)
Komura 28mm f/2.5 Komuranon 1978-1984* (*source: usedprice.com)
Komura 35mm f/2.5 Super 1970-1984* (*source: usedprice.com)
Komura 35mm f/2.5 Unidapter 1977-1984* (*source: usedprice.com)
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 usedprice.com
Sonnagor 25mm f/2.5 1977-1982 listed at usedprice.com
Sonnagor 35mm f/2.5 1966-1971 listed at usedprice.com
Spiratone 28mm f/2.0 Pluracoat 1977-82 listed at usedprice.com
Spiratone 35mm f/1.8 Pluracoat 1977-82 listed at usedprice.com
Vivitar 28mm 2.5 preset version? (http://www.panoramaplanet.de/comp/#brass)

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: usedprice.com)
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 http://www.exaklaus.de/astro.htm: "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: usedprice.com)
Amitar 600mm f/8.0 Tele-Astranar 1975-1980
Amitar 600mm f/8.0 Tele-Astranar D 1980-1985 (??...source: usedprice.com)
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: usedprice.com)
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: usedprice.com)
Komura 400mm f/6.3 Kyvyx Corp., 1977-1984* (*source: usedprice.com)
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: usedprice.com)
Prinz 500mm f/8.0 Macro 1994
Prinz Galaxy  
Quantaray 500mm f/8.0 Micro Cat MC 1978-1982 listed at usedprice.com
Rokinon 500mm f/8.0 Mirror 1:3
Rokunar 500mm f/8.0 1978-2002 listed at usedprice.com
Sakar 500mm f/8.0 Series 1900 preset 1985-1987 listed at usedprice.com
Samigon 500mm f/8.0 Mirror 1968-1975 listed at usedprice.com
Samigon 500mm f/8.0 1966-1975 listed at usedprice.com
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 usedprice.com (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 usedprice.com
Vivitar 400mm f/5.6 T2-mount 1977-1979 listed by usedprice.com
Vivitar 400mm f/5.6 TX-mount 1978-1979 listed by usedprice.com
Vivitar 500mm f/8.0 T-mount 1966-1979 listed by usedprice.com
Vivitar 500-800mm f/8.0-12.0 Mirror Zoom  
Vivitar 600mm f/8.0 T-mount 1970-1979 listed by usedprice.com, 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 (http://www.cs.wustl.edu/~loui/lenses)
Asahi Auto Takumar 1,8/85mm 58mm, quite good (http://www.cs.wustl.edu/~loui/lenses)

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]
=> http://www.panoramaplanet.de/comp/#brass 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)
=> http://www.panoramaplanet.de/comp/#brass 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
=> http://www.panoramaplanet.de/comp/#brass 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: http://www.pbase.com/dazedgonebye/ricoh50

Porst 135mm f/1.8 > Totalschrott (http://www.kameradoktor.de/tomioka1,255mm), 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?)