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Miranda Soligor 5cm f/1.9
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 17, 2011 5:09 pm    Post subject: Miranda Soligor 5cm f/1.9 Reply with quote

Just messing with close focus and aperture... Miranda D, Kodak Portra 400


Messing with the Miranda: f/1.9 by Nesster, on Flickr

Wide open, sharpness is there though the DOF is minimal...

@f/4 the sharpness is up, contrast more so


Messing with the Miranda: f/4 by Nesster, on Flickr

This was at closest focus, I forget the f/stop but it was 5.6 or wider


Lilies in the sky by Nesster, on Flickr


PostPosted: Sun Jul 17, 2011 5:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

All very good. Thanks.

The miranda 1,9, the first version. The second was F/1,8. But they seem to be the same lens.

In the 60's and 70's the miranda with the 50 lens was so cheap that his reputation never was high, but your images tell us that not true.

Thanks for sharing.

Rino.


PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 2011 10:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got this lens in batch today , looks a bit 'overbuilt' handsome lens mine serial numbers start with 50 I don't think so this lens made in 1950 , do you have any information about production years?


PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 2011 11:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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do you have any information about production years?



The 50mm/5cm f/1.9 Miranda lens I have (with S/N 502xxxx) must come from the early to mid 1960s (Miranda F, G, etc. era).

Some of the earlier ones (for the A, B, C, D, etc.) have Exakta-style PADs, and their serial numbers start with Y or K. These are from the late 50s and early 60s. Even earlier are the preset lenses without PADs.


PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 2011 11:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Many thanks!


PostPosted: Sat Dec 24, 2011 12:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have one of the earlier 1.9/50s with PAD, need to fix it as the aperture is sticky, otherwise it's mint.


PostPosted: Sat Dec 24, 2011 12:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I also have one of the PAD-type 1.9s. It's the 2nd PAD type -- mostly black, "large type", with Y14xxx serial number that belongs on a Model C. The iris is oily, and is very sluggish.

Long ago, my father had one of the first PAD-type lenses -- all chrome, "large type", and it was the first lens I ever used on a 35mm SLR (on a Model A).


PostPosted: Sat Dec 24, 2011 3:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cleaning the aperture blades is super easy in these lenses, all of the front elements are held in one "module" that simply screws out of the lens barrel. No tools needed. Then you have access to the blades. You can clean them with some lighter fluid and Q-tips.


PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2012 11:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mos6502 wrote:
Cleaning the aperture blades is super easy in these lenses, all of the front elements are held in one "module" that simply screws out of the lens barrel. No tools needed. Then you have access to the blades. You can clean them with some lighter fluid and Q-tips.


Could you please describe how to do this as it's time I got the aperture working on my otherwise mint 1.9/5cm.


PostPosted: Wed Jun 19, 2019 10:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are at least two versions of this lens.
The first is made by Kowa and is essentially a Kowa Prominar 5cm f1.9
Some are labelled Kowa Prominar-Miranda while others of the same lens are labelled Soligor Miranda, but they are essentially the same lens with the aperture ring at the front.
The second is a different style of lens and may be similar to the f1.8 version.
I suspect that they may be of different optical designs as well
Tom


PostPosted: Wed Jun 19, 2019 7:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So at least there are three version of the 5 cm/ 50 mm f/1,9 lens in Miranda mount:

1. With kowa name.

2. Soligor Miranda (made by Kowa too)

3. Auto Miranda 50/1,9, similar to the 50/1,8 lens


PostPosted: Wed Jun 19, 2019 8:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sorry about the photo quality, i just happened to have them handy on my phone: my soligor miranda 5cm/1.9


#1


#2


PostPosted: Wed Jun 19, 2019 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i should add, this lens has a little bit of backstory - it's been in the family for at least three generations; i got it from my wife's uncle rick, who himself had got it from his uncle jerry, perhaps i too will eventually pass it on to a niece or nephew


PostPosted: Thu Jun 20, 2019 5:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

benadamx wrote:
i should add, this lens has a little bit of backstory - it's been in the family for at least three generations; i got it from my wife's uncle rick, who himself had got it from his uncle jerry, perhaps i too will eventually pass it on to a niece or nephew


That's really cool it's stayed in the family.


PostPosted: Thu Jun 20, 2019 7:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

papasito wrote:
So at least there are three version of the 5 cm/ 50 mm f/1,9 lens in Miranda mount:

1. With kowa name.

2. Soligor Miranda (made by Kowa too)

3. Auto Miranda 50/1,9, similar to the 50/1,8 lens


Yes, I think that 1 and 2 are the same lens - with different markings of course.
And I think you may be right about number 3 being similar to the 50/1.8 lens
Tom