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Fujita - the forgotten maker
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2009 5:10 am    Post subject: Fujita - the forgotten maker Reply with quote

I have been on something of a Fujita roll lately. I think all these below are lenses made by Fujita, in the 1950's -
(EDIT - The two large 135/2.8 in the back turn out to be very early Komuras - see Nordentro's later post
http://forum.mflenses.com/komura-koki-tokyo-135mm-f2-8-t33340,highlight,%2Bkomura.html )



Back row, L-R

Soligor 4/150 for Fujita/Kalimar/Soligor 6x6 SLR - the companion lens in this set (which I don't have) is the Fujita 52mm retrofocus, the first retrofocus MF lens in 1957. This 150 is probably from the early 1960's, when Allied Impex (Soligor) took over selling the Kalimar 66. I have seen the 150 in Fujita and Kalimar brand also.

Peerotar 2.8/135 - Peerotar was a brand used by Peers Cameras, a US store chain. An identical lens was sold as a Spectra Coligon, which Seymours Exakta listed in 1955-56, so this lens is quite an early Japanese third party lens.

Soligor 2.8/135 - Identical construction and parts to the Peerotar, so this turns out to also be a Fujita.

Front row, L-R

Soligor 3.5/35 Retrofocus - An odd-looking lens, yes ? I'm not sure how old this is. It certainly looks like a very early design. Maybe this is the first Japanese 35mm retrofocus ?

Fujita 2.5/35 Retrofocus - This one is not only actually branded as a Fujita, but its well documented. Its version sold by Sears (Tower brand) in Asahiflex mount may have been the first Japanese 35mm SLR retrofocus lens on the market.

Peerotar 3.5/135 - date ? Probably any time between 1956-1962. I may have seen this as a Spectra Coligon also.

Other Fujitas I know of, have or suspect -

- Another, later version 3.5/35 often found as a Terragon or Gamma Terragon. Also seen as a Tower. I don't have this.

- 4.5/135 miniature telephoto. I actually have one, in Peerotar brand, but its finish is all black and doesn't look impressive in the "family picture". They were also made in the much nicer chrome and silver.

- 4.5/200 in Spectra Coligon brand, I believe mentioned in Seymours catalog.

Who knows what rare items may be out there.


Last edited by luisalegria on Thu May 29, 2014 5:28 pm; edited 1 time in total


PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2009 5:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice as always...where do you find them and when you do are they in good condition??Can we see them front on?


PostPosted: Fri Nov 20, 2009 8:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Take a google @ fujita 135mm and you'll find the chrome-black 135/4.5


PostPosted: Fri Nov 20, 2009 10:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Impressive! I like this finish very much.


PostPosted: Fri Nov 20, 2009 10:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, Luis, fantastic lenses.

Congrat !!

Rino.


PostPosted: Fri Nov 20, 2009 11:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, they look very cool.


PostPosted: Wed Dec 02, 2009 6:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just got a very similar looking lens to the Soligor 2.8/135 in the back row of your photo.

It's a Juplen 2.8/135 and cost me 3.97 / $5.99 - I have no idea what mount it is, but it looks really cool Embarassed



Apologies for the image-quality, but I am currently camera-less due to a spot of damage...


PostPosted: Thu Dec 03, 2009 9:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Mal !

It certainly looks like a combination of my 2.8 and 3.5, I think you have a Fujita also.

I would think its most likely an Exakta or M42 (50/50 probability from what I have seen).

I will be on the lookout for Juplen in my searches.


PostPosted: Fri Dec 04, 2009 10:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the tip - I should have realised that it's an Exakta mount Rolling Eyes

I'll do some proper photos this evening or tomorrow morning and drop them in here for the record.

luisalegria wrote:
Thanks Mal !

It certainly looks like a combination of my 2.8 and 3.5, I think you have a Fujita also.

I would think its most likely an Exakta or M42 (50/50 probability from what I have seen).

I will be on the lookout for Juplen in my searches.


PostPosted: Sun Feb 28, 2010 5:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Any samples of these lenses ?
Also how good is the Fujita 2.5/35 retro focus ?


PostPosted: Tue Mar 02, 2010 12:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Samples of most -

http://forum.mflenses.com/soligor-fujita-3-5-35-early-retrofocus-t23920,highlight,fujita.html

http://forum.mflenses.com/soligor-fujita-4-150-for-fujita-66-mf-slr-t23424,highlight,fujita.html

http://forum.mflenses.com/peerotar-fujita-3-5-135-rare-t22483,highlight,fujita.html

http://forum.mflenses.com/fujita-35-2-5-preset-an-uncommon-lens-t10368,highlight,fujita.html

http://forum.mflenses.com/soligor-maker-unknown-preset-135-2-8-t8951,highlight,soligor+135.html

The 2.5/35 is not a great lens I think, it has noticable distortion even on crop format and is not terribly sharp wide open.


PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2011 9:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just picked up the Fujita 3.5/80 with an extension tube set and Hood.This screw mount is 44mm just in case any one is interested...it does belong on the Fujita 66 TLR





PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 2012 12:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have the Peerotar version.