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THE PRAKTINA SYSTEM

 

German and Japanese lenses with adapters to Praktina cameras

Novoflex Fotogeratebau Karl Muller
The company was founded in 1948 by Karl Müller. Novoflex is a German maker of camera accessories and it is famous throughout the world for macro bellows devices and "Rapid Focus" lenses.
• Rapid focus unit PIGRIFF for Novoflex 240/4.5, 300/5.6, 400/5.6 and 640/9
• Noflexar: 400/5.6 and 640/9
• Rapid focus unit PIGRIFF-B for Novoflex 280/5.6, 400/5.6 and 640/9
• Rapid focus lens: Xenar 135/4.5
• Rapid focus unit PIGRIFF-C for Novoflex 400/5.6 and 600/8
• Rapid focus lens: Novoflex 200/3.8

Piesker, Paul Piesker & Co., Berlin, West Germany
The company was founded in 1951 and produced lenses with focal lengths of 35, 40, 85, 100, 135, 150, 180, 200, 250, 400, 600, 800mm under trade names "Picon", "Tele-Picon", "Piconar", "Votar" "Tele-Votar", "Telegon", "Kalimar", "Voss", "Astra", "Tele-Astranar". Some were rebranded by importers and do not carry the Piesker name. Production ceased in 1963.
•  Picon : 100/2.8, 135/3.5
•  Tele-Picon : 150/5.5, 180/5.5, 200/5.5, 250/5.5, 400/5.5

Astro Gesellschaft M.B.H., Berlin-Neukölln, Germany
The company Astro was founded in 1922 by Willy Bielicke. Astro produced cinema and camera lenses.
• Tachar 125/2.3, 150/2.3, 150/1.8
• Fernbildlinse 300/3.5, 300/5, 400/5, 500/5, 640/5, 800/5, 1000/6.3, 2000/6.3

TEWE OHG, Berlin Schoeneberg
The company was founded in 1946 by Weiste & Co. and produced long-focal-length lenses for cinema and telephoto lenses up to 2000 mm for SLR cameras. Production ceased in 1972.
• Telagon : 150/3, 200/3.2, 300/3.5, 400/4.5, 500/5, 600/5, 800/5, 1000/6.3
• Telon : 300/5, 400/5, 500/5, 600/5, 800/6.3, 1000/6.3, 2000/10
• Tewe : 1000/4.5

Weth, Dr. Max Weth, Optik 1956-1973
• Telestigmar : 175/3.5, 250/5, 225/4.5, 315/6.3

T-Mount lenses
T-mount lenses were manufactured as from 1962 by a small numbers of Japanese makers and marketed with an incredible number of different brand names as Accura, Aetna-Coligon, Aetna-Rokunar, Albinar, Amitar, Asanuma, Astranar, Bass, Bell & Howell, Berolina, Bower, Bushnell, Cambron, Carsen, Caspeco, Centon, Century, Enna, Hanimar, Hanimex, Juplen, Kaligar, Kalimar, Kawanon, Kenko, Lentar, Marexar, Ohnar, Optomax, Palinar, Paragon, Perkin-Elmer, Photax, Phoenix, Plixor, Prinz, Prinxgalaxy, Promaster, Quantaray, QuarryMaster, Rokinon, Rokunar, Sear, Sigma, Samigon, Sears, Seikanon, Seriese, Sima, Soligor, Sonnagar, Spectra-Coligon, Spiratone, Sun, Sunset, Tamron, Tokina, Unistar, Vemar, Vivitar and others.
All T-mount lenses have a preset control of the diaphragm aperture. These lenses have a screw mount with a male M42x0.75 thread. An adapter ring, called T (made in one piece) or T2 (made in two pieces), allows to fit these lenses on every 35mm SLR cameras. For Praktina cameras are available only the adapter type T1.
• Fixed focal: 24, 28, 35, 58, 85, 105, 135, 180, 200, 240, 250, 300, 350, 385, 400, 450, 500, 600, 650, 750, 800
• Mirror: 300, 500, 600, 650, 1000
• Zoom: 55-90, 85-210, 90-190, 90-230, 95-205, 100-200, 110-180, 180-400, 200-400

YS mount lenses
YS mount adapters have identical specification as T mount adapters so that a T adapter may be used to fit YS automatic lenses on Praktina cameras. Naturally, with T adapter the diaphragm adjustment will be non-automatic.
YS mount was used on some Sigma, Sun, Suntar, Accura and Spiratone lenses along with a few other brands.
• Fixed focal: 16, 18, 24, 28, 35, 55 macro, 100 macro, 135, 200, 300, 400
• Zoom: 24-40, 60-135, 70-210, 80-200, 80-240, 85-210

   

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