Spiratone

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Spiratone was an American distributor, founded by Fred Spira[1] around 1940. Originally his company just offered developing services, as "Spiratone Fine Grain Labs"[2]; but after opening a store in 1946[1] on West 27th Street, N.Y., the company quickly expanded[3] into distributing cameras, lenses and all sorts of photo and darkroom accessories.

The company had a penchant for locating and importing offbeat photographic items—improbably cheap 400mm lenses, fish-eye adapters that screwed onto other lenses—and 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]

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Products

Camera lenses

  • Spiratone Curvatar Ultra Wideangle accessory lens (series 7 mount)
  • Spiratone Fish-eye 7mm f/5.6 accessory lens (proprietary mount with filter adapters)
  • Spiratone Fish-eye 12mm f/8 accessory lens (proprietary mount with filter adapters)
  • Spiratone Plura-coat Ultra Wideangle 17mm f/3.5
  • Spiratone YS 18mm f/3.2
  • Spiratone YS 18mm f/3.5
  • Spiratone Plura-coat Wideangle 20mm f/2.8
  • Spiratone Wideangle YS 28mm f/2.8
  • Spiratone Wide Angle 35mm f/2.8
  • Spiratone Macrotar 35mm f/3.5 (micro head)
  • Spiratone Plura-coat Minitel 100mm f/2, 58mm filter size
  • Spriatone Tc 105mm f/2.5
  • Spiratone YS 135mm f/1.8
  • Spiratone Tc 135mm f/2.8 preset
  • Spiratone Macrotel 150mm f/4.5 (bellows head)
  • Spiratone Proxitel 200mm f/4
  • Spiratone Tc 200mm f/4.5
  • Spiratone Minitel 300mm f/5.6 (mirror lens)
  • Spiratone Plura-coat Sharpshooter Telephoto 400mm f/6.3[4]
  • Spiratone Mirror-Ultratel 500mm f/8 (mirror lens)
  • Spiratone Minitel-M 500mm f/8 (mirror lens)
  • Spiratone Plura-coat Macro Zoom 35-105mm f/3.8
  • Spiratone Plura-coat Zoom 55-220mm f/3.5-4.5, 55m filter size
  • Spiratone Plura-coat Zoom 70-300mm f/3.8-5.5
  • Spiratone-Sun Electric Zoom 85-210mm f/4.8, T mount
  • Spiratone 2x VarXtender, M42 mount
  • Spiratone 3x TelXtender, M42 mount
  • Spiratone 2x TelXtender Model II, Minolta SR, Exakta, other mounts

Darkroom equipment

  • Spiratone 50mm f/3.5 enlarging lens
  • Spiratone 75mm f/3.5 enlarging lens
  • Spiratone 75mm f/3.5 flat field macro / enlarging lens
  • Spiratone 150mm f/4.5 enlarging lens
  • Spiratone Doub Logra M enlarger
  • Spiratone Enlarger Focus Scope
  • Spiratone Model 200C enlarging computer, paper exposure meter

Slide duplicators

  • Spiratone Vario-Dupliscope
  • Spiratone Vario-Dupliscope II
  • Spiratone Vario-Dupliscope III
  • Spiratone Bello-Dupliscope
  • Spiratone Bello-Dupliscope with ECLS Outfit

Filters

  • Spiratone adapter 58mm to Series VII
  • Spiratone adapter Series VII to 62mm
  • Spiratone Contrast-Blue filter, Series VII
  • Spiratone Custom Polarizer B50
  • Spiratone Diffuser B50 filter, 50mm
  • Spiratone Diffuser SD-4 filter, 55mm
  • Spiratone Flourescent D correction filter, 52mm
  • Spiratone Mistmaker fog effect filter
  • Spiratone ND 30.5 filter
  • Spiratone Opticap UV filter, 55mm, 72mm, 77mm
  • Spiratone Polarizer (linear), Series IX, 55mm
  • Spiratone Repeater special effects filter, Series VII
  • Spiratone Vignetar vignette filter, 52mm, 55mm
  • Spiratone Spiralite 80A color conversion filter, 67mm, 72mm
  • Spiratone Spiralite 85B filter, 67mm
  • Spiratone Spiralite Rayburst Halo filter, 52mm
  • Spiratone Spiralite Skylight filter, Series VII, 52mm
  • Spiratone Spiralite Stellar filter, Series VII, 50mm
  • Spiratone Spiralite Streaker filter, Series VII, 50mm

Other

  • Spiratone metal lens hood, Series VI
  • Spiratone metal lens hood, 55mm
  • Spiratone metal lens hood, wideangle, 58mm
  • Spiratone metal lens hood, 67mm
  • Spiratone metal lens hood, 72mm
  • Spiratone UltiMatte Box lens hood
  • Spiratone extension tube set, T mount
  • Spiratone extension tube set, M42 mount
  • Spiratone Autowinder N2 for Canon AE-1
  • Spiratone 444 SLR Film Camera Viewfinder Microscope (square - fits Canon, other brands)
  • Spiratone 41 NI Eyepiece Maginfier (round - fits Nikon, Nikkormat)
  • Spiratone 35mm Stripfilm Bellows attachment
  • Spiratone Bellowscope bellows, T mount
  • Spiratone Macrobel bellows, M42 mount
  • Spiratone Proxiscope Sr. focusing rail
  • Spiratone Bi-Rail focusing rail
  • Spiratone Circo-Mirrotach 90-degree lens attachment
  • Spiratone DR Electronic Flash Meter
  • Spiratone SSS flash meter
  • Spiratone Ring Flash, 55mm mount
  • Spiratone Spiralite SR Electronic Flash
  • Spiratone Spiralite SR Electronic Flash, Model BB
  • Spiratone Spiralite photo light with Minette photo clamp
  • Spiratone Eyepiece magnifier
  • Spiratone Spotting Scope
  • Spiratone Static Neutralizer Gun
  • Spiratone Men's Canvas Photographers Vest (part 001201)

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Dennis Hevesi, obituary of Fred Spira, New York Times, 14 September 2007.
  2. Advertisement in October, 1942 Popular Photography magazine (vol. 11, no. 4), page 94.
  3. This February 1947 ad from Popular Photography (vol. 6, no. 1; page 172) shows the beginnings of Spira retailing camera accessories.
  4. Cheap Super Telephoto Lenses Part I – T-mount Spiratone, Vivitar etc

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