Amitar/Astronar

Prime Lenses

Amitar f 1.4/1 ½ inches (38mm)
Amitar f 1.6/3 inches (75mm)
Amitar Cine lens 1.9/75mm

Zoom Lens

Astronar Zoom 6.3/95-205mm

I believe Amitar and Astronar are the same company/brand since both names are sometimes found on the same lens. They are fairly rare lenses (probably other focal lengths exist too) made, I believe, up until the 1970s. I’m not sure if Amitar was a manufacturer or whether it was a 3rd party brand label, but suspect the latter. The Amitar name is also found on 8mm film lenses in D-mount (and c-mount?), enlarging lenses for darkroom use and M42-mount still photography lenses.

The Astronar lenses were usually 35mm telephoto lenses (some of them very long – up to 800mm). An Astronar 6.3/95-205mm zoom was available in M42 mount, so the c-mount zoom mentioned above is presumably the same lens.

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jason Jason has been a professional photographer for over 25 years. He has worked in large, medium and 35mm formats in fields ranging from fashion to the travel and leisure industries. In recent years his interests have extended to video and film making as well.