Exakta Lens List (Partial)

This is a very incomplete list of lenses available in Exakta mount. At this early development stage stage it contains only some of the lenses in my collection, and those listed in the Aguila & Rouah books (A&R 2003, A&R 1987).
General remarks
  1. Only lenses in Exakta/Exa mount are listed; this includes also those using the external bayonet flange.
  2. Versions differing only in finish (stripes, dimples) are not usually listed separately.
  3. The year shown is that of lens introduction on the market; sometimes the first known listing in the literature, so that it should rather be treated as the lower limit.
Legend
  • Make: Lens manufacturer or distributor, usually as shown on the lens. A short form is used; e.g., "Meyer" instead of "Hugo Meyer" or "Meyer-Optik Görlitz".
  • Model: Lens name, usually as shown on the lens. Sometimes the same model name is shared between entirely different lenses; e.g., 58mm and 75mm Biotar.
  • Year: Year the lens was introduced. This is approximate and sometimes hard to establish.
  • F: Focal length, in millimeters. If the value given on the barrel is in different units, it will be shown in Notes; e.g., "5cm".
  • F#: Lens aperture; usually as shown on the lens.
  • Mx: The value to which the aperture closes.
  • Ap: Aperture type as described here
    • M — manual, no clicks, German Normalblende (NB)
    • C — manual with click-stops, Rastblende (RB)
    • P — preset, Vorwahlblende (VB)
    • S — semi-automatic, Spannspringblende (ASB)
    • A — automatic, Vollautomatische Sprigblende (VSB) or Vollautomatische Druckblende (VDB)

    The German terms are also shown above, as they are often used in various sources. Note that for some lenses which I did not try out myself, a M may be shown, while the lens is actually of the C type.

  • D: Minimum focus distance, in meters (converted from feet if necessary).
  • El: Number of lens elements.
  • Thr: The front filter thread, in millimeters. For lenses without filter thread, B stands for bayonet; P for the push-on filter size.
  • Finish: Useful for identifying of different versions of a basically the same lens: Bk (black), BP (black plastic), Sv (silver: chrome, usually over aluminum or steel), A (aluminum), S (steel).

    Data on lens finish may be incomplete and sometimes inaccurate; this is hard to avoid.

  • Notes: Here I am using some acronyms: OB (lens uses outer bayonet), Bel (bellows lens), TR (tripod ring), TM (tripod mount, non-rotating), Hd (detacheable hood), LM (light meter).
  • s/n: Serial number of the best-known example, with the source shown as: (W) my own collection, (AR87) Aguila & Rouah book.
Make Model Year F F# Mx Ap D El Thr Finish Notes s/n
Angenieux R51 1957 24 3.5 22 M .50 6 62.5 Bk/Sv . AR87
R61 1959 A .40 58.5 Sv,Bk [4] AR87
R11 1953 28 3.5 22 M .50 6 58.5 Bk/Sv . AR87
1959 A Sv,Bk [4] AR87
R1 1950 35 2.5 22 M .80 6 51.5 Bk/Sv . AR87
1959 A Sv,Bk [4] AR87
S1 1952 50 1.8 ? M 1.0 6 ? ? . AR87
S21 1953 50 1.5 22 M .80 6 51.5 Bk/Sv . AR87
P1 1953 90 1.8 ? M 1.0 5 56 ? . AR87
Y12 1953 90 2.5 22 M 1.0 4 43.5 Bk/Sv . AR87
1959 A 51.5 Sv,Bk [4] AR87
Y2 1952 135 3.5 32 M 1.5 4 43.5 Bk/Sv . AR87
P2 1953 135 2.5 ? M 1.5 4 58.5 Bk/Sv . AR87
P21 1954 180 4.5 ? M 2.5 5 47 Bk/Sv . AR87
1959 32 A 51.5 Sv,Bk [4] AR87
Make Model Year F F# Mx Ap D El Thr Finish Notes s/n
Enna Lithagon 1961 24 4.0 ? P .25 7 52 ? . AR87
1961 28 3.5 ? P .30 6 52 ? . AR87
1961 35 2.8 ? P .50 6 52 ? . AR87
1961 3.5 ? C .50 4 52 ? . AR87
Ennalyt 1961 85 1.5 ? C 1.2 6 58 ? . AR87
1961 90 2.8 ? C 1.5 5 52 ? . AR87
Tele Ennalyt 1961 135 2.8 ? C 1.5 5 52 ? . AR87
1961 240 4.5 ? C 3.0 52 ? . AR87
1961 400 4.5 ? C 5.0 B ? . AR87
1961 600 5.6 ? C 10. B ? . AR87
Tele Zoom 1963 85
250
4.0 ? P .60
3.3
12 B ? . AR87
Make Model Year F F# Mx Ap D El Thr Finish Notes s/n
Feinmess Bonotar 1959 105 4.5 22 C 1.7 ? 40.5 Sv . 09429(W)
Isco Westron 19xx 35 2.8 ? A .50 ? ? Bk . 773211(AR87)
Westrocolor 1961 50 1.9 22 A .50 ? 49 Bk . 837047(W)
Iscorama 196x 50 2.8 16 A 2 ? 58 Bk Ana [2] 4147210(W)
Isconar 19xx 135 4.0 22 P 1.2 ? ? Bk . AR87
Kilfitt Makro-Kilar 1955 40 3.5 ? M .05 4 Pr ? Type D AR87
1955 ? .10 ? Type E AR87
1960 2.8 ? .05 Bk Type D [3] 2458910(AR87)
1960 ? .10 ? Type E AR87
1960 90 2.8 ? M .24 4 Pr ? Type E AR87
Tele-Kilar 1957 150 3.5 ? M ? 4 Pr ? . AR87
1957 300 5.6 ? M 3.0 68 ? . AR87
Pan-Tele-Kilar 1956 300 4 ? M 1.8 5 ? ? . AR87
Fern-Kilar 1957 400 5.6 ? M ? ? ? ? . AR87
1957 600 5.6 ? M ? ? ? ? . AR87
Ludwig Meritar 1951 50 2.9 16 M .75 3 30.5 Sv . 944375(W)
1956 P .80 35.5 Sv . 1116387(W)
Make Model Year F F# Mx Ap D El Thr Finish Notes s/n
Meyer Lydith 1962 30 3.5 22 P .33 5 49 Bk . 4136291(W)
Primagon 1955 35 4.5 22 P .40 4 49 Sv . 1766184(W)
Trioplan 1952 50 2.9 22 M .60 3 35.5 Sv . 1512441(AR87)
Primotar 1957 50 3.5 ? A .50 4 40.5 ? . AR87
1960 2.8 22 P 46.5 Sv . 2269022(AR87)
Domiplan 1962 50 2.8 22 A .75 3 40.5 Bk . 2692421(W)
196x BP . 5309129(W)
Domiron 1960 50 2.0 22 A .34 6 55 BP . 2741328(AR87)
Primoplan 1937 58 1.9 22 M .70 5 38.5 Sv . 754419(AR87)
1950 .75 0.5 Sv [6] 1204003(W)
1950 P .60 49 Sv . 1155183(AR87)
Primoplan 1937 75 1.9 ? M ? ? ? ? . AR87
Trioplan 1950 100 2.8 22 A 1.1 3 55 Bk . 3791531(AR87)
Telemegor 1937 105 5.5 ? M ? ? ? ? . AR87
Trioplan 1939 120 4.5 ? M 1.5 3 33.5 ? . AR87
Orestor 1969 135 2.8 32 P 1.5 ? 55 Str . 5016463(W)
Primotar 1953 135 3.5 22 P 1.6 4 55 Bk Hd 2817817(W)
Primotar 1956 180 3.5 22 P 2.2 4 67 Bk OB, TR, Hd 2900366(W)
Telemegor 1937 180 5.5 ? M ? 4 ? ? . AR87
1952 22 P 2.0 49 Sv Hd 1728503(W)
Orestegor 1963 200 4.0 22 P 2.5 5 58 Bk Hd 4716726(W)
Telemegor 1936 250 5.5 22 M 3.3 4 50 A Hd, TM 1109499(W)
1951 M 58 ? HD, TR(?) AR87
1957 P ? Hd, TR AR87
Telemegor 1957 300 4.5 22 P 3.3 4.5 82 Bk OB, TR, Hd 2739517(W)
Orestegor 1968 300 4.0 ? P 3.0 5 95 ? . AR87
Telemegor 1957 400 5.5 ? P 6.0 4 82 ? . AR87
Orestegor 1965 500 5.6 ? M 6.0 4 118 ? . AR87
Pentacon [Orestor] 1972 135 2.8 32 P 1.5 ? 58 Bk Hd 7097030(W)
Make Model Year F F# Mx Ap D El Thr Finish Notes s/n
Rodenstock Eurygon 195x 30 2.8 ? P ? ? ? ? . AR87
196x ? A ? ? ? ? . AR87
Heligon 195x 50 1.9 ? P ? ? ? ? . AR87
196x ? M ? ? ? ? . AR87
Rotelar 195x 100 4 ? P ? ? ? ? . AR87
196x ? A ? ? ? ? . AR87
Imagon 195x 120 4.5 ? M ? ? ? ? . AR87
Yronar 195x 135 3.5 ? M ? ? ? ? . AR87
Rotelar 195x 135 4 ? P ? ? ? ? . AR87
196x ? A ? ? ? ? . AR87
Rotelar 195x 180 4.5 ? P ? ? ? ? . AR87
Schacht Travegon 1959 35 3.5 ? A .50 .6 45 ? . AR87
Travegon-S 1962 35 2.8 ? A .50 7 49 ? . AR87
Travenar 1963 50 2.8 ? A .50 4 49 ? . AR87
Macro-Travenar 1963 50 2.8 ? P .08 4 49 ? . AR87
Travelon 1962 50 1.8 ? A .50 6 49 ? . AR87
Travenar 1959 85 2.8 ? P 1.0 4 45 ? . AR87
Travenar-R 1962 90 2.8 ? A 1.0 4 49 ? . AR87
Travegar 1963 100 3.3 ? P .90 3 49 ? . AR87
Travenon 1959 135 4.5 ? M 1.5 4 40.5 ? . AR87
Travenar 1959 135 3.5 ? P 1.5 4 45 ? . AR87
Travenar-R 1962 135 3.5 ? A 1.5 4 49 ? . AR87
Tele-Travelon 1968 200 4.0 ? P 2.0 4 58 ? . AR87
Make Model Year F F# Mx Ap D El Thr Finish Notes s/n
Schneider Curtagon 1959 28 4.0 ? A .15 7 49 ? . AR87
1958 35 2.8 ? A .30 6 49 ? . AR87
1961 ? .35 ? LM AR87
P.A. Curtagon 1966 35 4.0 ? M .30 7 49 ? Shift AR87
Isogon 1951 40 4.5 ? M ? ? ? ? . AR87
Xenon 1954 50 1.9 16 P .75 6 ? ? . AR87
1953 16 A .75 49 Sv,Bk [1] 3783127(W)
1961 ? .? Bk LM 6991060(AR87)
Xenar 1938 50 3.5 ? M ? ? ? ? . AR87
1938 2.8 ? ? ? ? ? . AR87
1938 2.0 ? ? ? ? ? . AR87
Xenon 1953 80 2.0 ? M? ? ? ? ? . AR87
Tele-Xenar 1957 90 3.5 ? P ? ? ? ? . AR87
Xenar 1953 105 3.5 ? M ? ? ? ? . AR87
1951 4.5 ? ? ? ? ? . AR87
Xenon 1948 125 2.0 ? M ? ? ? ? . AR87
Xenar 1946 135 3.5 32 M 1.5 4 49 Sv . 3530889(W)
1938 4.5 ? ? ? ? ? . AR87
Tele-Xenar 1957 135 3.5 22 A 1.5 5 49 Bk . 5452375(W)
1961 ? 2 4 Bk LM 7375708(AR87)
1950 150 5.5 ? M ? ? ? ? . AR87
1950 180 5.5 ? M ? ? ? ? . AR87
1957 200 5.5 32 P 2.0 4 49 Bk . 7055295(W)
1951 240 5.5 ? M ? ? ? ? . AR87
1950 4.5 ? M ? ? ? ? . AR87
1950 300 5.5 ? M ? ? ? ? . AR87
1950 360 5.5 ? M ? ? ? ? . AR87
1957 ? P 4.5 4 72 ? . AR87
Variogon 1966 45
100
2.8 ? A 1.2 14 67 ? . AR87
Tele-Variogon 1963 80
240
4 ? A 1.8 14 82 ? . AR87
Make Model Year F F# Mx Ap D El Thr Finish Notes s/n
Steinheil Culmigon 1955 35 4.5 22 M .50 4 40.5 Sv . 1758739(W)
Auto-Quinaron 1957 35 2.8 22 A .25 7 49 Sv . AR87
Auto-Culmigon 1961 35 3.5 ? A .80 4 49 ? . AR87
Macro-Quinaron 1965 35 2.8 ? A .05 7 54 ? [5] AR87
Auto-Quinon 1955 55 1.9 22 A .40 6 49 Sv [6] 1642899(W)
Macro-Quinon 1965 55 1.9 ? A .22 [5] 54 ? [5] AR87
Auto-Cassarit 1961 100 3.5 ? A 1.0 3 49 ? . AR87
Macro-Quinar 1965 100 2.8 ? A .50 4 54 ? [5] AR87
Culminar 1956 135 4.5 32 M 1.5 4 - Sv 911384(W)
Macro-Tele-Quinar 1965 135 2.8 ? A .80 5 54 ? [5] AR87
Auto-Tele-Quinar 1961 135 3.5 32 A 2.1 ? 54 Sv . 2053862(W)
1961 200 3.5 ? A 2.5 5 67 ? . AR87
Make Model Year F F# Mx Ap D El Thr Finish Notes s/n
Vivitar Vivitar 1969 35 2.8 16 A 0.35 6 52 Bk [7] 37902816(W)
1969 135 2.8 22 A 1.8 4 55 Bk [7] 3737077(W)
1969 200 3.5 22 A 3 4 67 Bk [7] 3703410(W)
Make Model Year F F# Mx Ap D El Thr Finish Notes s/n
Zeiss Flektogon 1966 20 4.0 22 A .15 ? 78 Bk . 8419222(W)
Flektogon 1964 25 4.0 22 A .20 ? 78 Bk . 6247324(W)
Flektogon 1952 35 2.8 16 P .33 ? 49 Sv . 5608752(W)
1956 S . 3966496(W)
1961 A .33 6 ? . AR87
1963 22 A .18 6 Bk [8] 9072117(W)
Tessar 1938 40 4.5 ? M ? ? ? Sv . 2353615
Pancolar 1964 50 2.0 22 A .50 6 49 Bk . 7176818(W)
Tessar 1936 50 3.5 22 M .60 4 30.5 S,A [9] AR87
1947 .60 30.5 S,A [9] 3226137(W)
Tessar 1936 50 2.8 22 M 0.6 4 30.5 S,A . 2089386(W)
1939 22 M ? 28.5 Sv . AR87#2
1950 22 C .60 35.5 Sv . 5221233(W)
1952 22 P .50 40.5 Sv . 3560485(W)
1954 16 S .50 49 Sv . 4569219(W)
1961 22 A 0.5 49 Bk . 8986645(W)
Tessar 1956 50 2.8 22 M ? 4 ? Sv Bel 8143737(W)
Biotar 1939 58 2.0 22 M ? 6 40.5 Sv? . AR87
194? .90 Sv . 3267694(W)
1948 P .90 Bk . 3427142(W)
1951 P ? Sv . AR87
195? P .50 49 Sv . 3703928(W)
1954 16 S Sv . 5544359(W)
Biotar 1947 75 1.5 16 P ? 6 58 Sv . AR87
1952 P .80 . 5892835(W)
Tessar 1950 80 2.8 ? P ? ? ? ? . AR87
Biometar 1954 80 2.8 ? P ? ? ? ? . AR87
Jena Bm 1961 ? A .80 5 49 ? . AR87
Triotar 1938 85 4.0 ? M ? ? ? ? . AR87
Tessar 1938 105 3.5 ? M ? ? ? ? . AR87
Jena Bm 1961 120 2.8 ? A 1.3 5 67 ? . AR87
Triotar 1938 135 4.0 ? M ? ? ? ? . AR87
1955 ? P ? ? ? ? . AR87
Sonnar 1957 135 4.0 22 P 1.2 4 49 A [10] ??
1961 A 1.0 Bk (Jena S) 8250832(W)
Tessar 1949 165 3.5 ? M ? ? ? ? . AR87
Tele-Tessar 1938 180 6.3 ? M ? ? ? ? . AR87
Sonnar 1952 180 2.8 ? P ? ? ? ? . AR87
Jena S 1961 ? A 1.7 5 86 ? . AR87
Tele-Tessar 1938 250 6.3 ? M ? ? ? ? . AR87
Sonnar 1952 300 4.0 22 P 3 ? 78 Bk . 6261892(W)
Make Model Year F F# Mx Ap D El Thr Finish Notes s/n
[1] Black finish from 1956 onwards.

[2] The front half of the lens was an anamorphic attachment which could be mounted on an enlarger lens to reverse the image "squeezing", therefore producing panoramic pictures very much like wide-screen movies shot on 35-mm film.

[3] Also made by Kamera Bau-Austalt (Liechtenstein) with chrome focusing ring.

[4] Also made in black from 1961.

[5] Closer focusing possible with second gear.

[6] A rare, early version of the Auto-Quinon has the step-down knob not next to the release (like most Steinheil lenses), but on the lens barrel. Known s/n: 1375948(W).

[7] These Vivitar lenses (probably made by Tokina) use the interchangeable T4 mount (introduced by Soligor).

[8] This "macro" Flektogon, was made in dimpled and striped finish concurrently to the non-macro version (focusing from 33 cm). As late as in 1984 it was also made in a (partially?) plastic barrel with a regular, diamond pattern on the focus ring.

[9] I'm listing pre- and post-war 3.5/50 Tessars separately in spite of the fact that all specs are the same for both types. In the pre-war ones the inner lens barrel protrudes about 5 mm in front of the knurled aperture ring (it is flush in the post-war ones).

[10] A rare version of the preset 4/135 Sonnar was also made with minimum aperture of F/45, for macrophotography.


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