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Spiratone was an American distributor, founded by Fred Spira in 1941.[1] The company had a store on West 27th Street, N.Y., which was opened in 1946.[1] It distributed lenses and all sorts of camera and darkroom accessories.

The company had a penchant for locating and importing offbeat photo accessories—improbably-cheap 400mm lenses, fish-eye adapters that screwed onto other lenses —then promoting them in typographically overstuffed ads in the back pages of photo magazines. Lenses from various manufacturers were offered under the Spiratone name, including several ultra-wide-angles and a chunky 135mm f/1.8.

Spiratone closed its doors in 1990.[1]



  • Spiratone Fish-eye 7mm f/5.6
  • Spiratone Fish-eye 12mm f/8
  • Spiratone Pluracoat Ultra Wideangle 17mm f/3.5
  • Spiratone YS 18mm f/3.2
  • Spiratone YS 18mm f/3.5
  • Spiratone Pluracoat Wideangle 20mm f/2.8
  • Spiratone Wideangle YS 28mm f/2.8
  • Spiratone Macrotar 35mm f/3.5 (micro head)
  • Spiratone Flat Field Macro 75mm f/3.5 (bellows head)
  • Spiratone YS 135mm f/1.8
  • Spiratone Tc 135mm f/2.8 preset
  • Spiratone Macrotel 150mm f/4.5 (bellows head)
  • Spiratone Telephoto 400mm f/6.3
  • Spiratone Mirror-Ultratel 500mm f/8 (mirror lens)
  • Spiratone Minitel-M 500mm f/8 (mirror lens)
  • Spiratone-Sun Electric Zoom 85-210mm f/4.8, T mount


  • Spiratone Bellowscope bellows, T mount
  • Spiratone Proxiscope Sr. focusing rail
  • Spiratone Bi-Rail focusing rail
  • Spiratone Vario-Dupliscope slide copier
  • Spiratone Circo-Mirrotach 90-degree lens attachment


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Obituary of Fred Spira in the New York Times.


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