Miranda 50mm Lenses

Summary of which lens you expect to find on which camera

A little while back, I did some reseach on the range of standard Miranda camera lenses, found over the range. It became very clear that Miranda had a problem with managing a clear path for backward compatibility, as the metering systems became more complex. Other makes, of course, had the same problem. Miranda had an initial advantage, with the dual mount and the provision of a very effective bayonet. However, the retaining of the external automatic diaphragm meant that the F, G, and Sensorex all kept the front mount to use those old lenses, and the external meter coupling lever found on the Automex-Sensorex series did not work especially well with the all-internal connections found in the Sensorex EE, EE-2, RE-II and dx-3.

Because the bayonet mount is unchanged, usually a lens of any vintage will physically fit onto any other camera. Practical usage may be another story, and I have seen many a Miranda for sale at a show, with a lens attached that cannot work properly. This table provides basic recognition data for those looking at purchasing or mixing Mirandas and their lenses.

Compatibility of exposure meter systems and how to use the later systems with the early lenses can be fiddly. Please email me if you have a particular camera/lens combination that does not seem to make sense.

As you can see, I need more photographs for this page. Contributions (.jpg, about 30kb max) are welcomed. I am very happy to acknowledge authorship of pictures as per the example below.

Orion or Miranda T ZUNOW 50/1.9
Chrome finish; preset
OFUNAR 50/1.9
Chrome finish; preset; very similar to ZUNOW lens
 
Soligor Miranda   50/1.9
Chrome finish; preset. The model T was also supplied with the later black enameled focus ring model shown for the ST. 
Soligor Miranda 50/2.8
Chrome finish; preset; not sure of the first date of introduction.
.50_19_chrome_PS.jpg (42191 bytes)
Miranda TII ARCO 50/2.4
Chrome finish; preset
  50_24_Arco_side_thqtr_3.jpg (18926 bytes)
. Miranda ST Soligor Miranda 50/1.9
Chrome finish with black enameled finish to focusing ring;  preset
(Note; I'm not sure if this lens commenced with this model or with the last of the T series) 50_19_PS_top.jpg (34133 bytes)
Miranda S Soligor Miranda 50/2.8
Chrome finish, black anodized paint to focusing ring; preset. There were several variants in construction.
  50_28_PS_side.jpg (33229 bytes)
Miranda A, AII

Miranda B

Soligor Miranda 50/1.9
Chromed and aluminium finish overall
serial number with Y prefix
Pressure Automatic Diaphragm
  50_19_PAD_silver(2).jpg (32786 bytes)
.Miranda C Soligor Miranda 50/1.9
Black enamel focus barrel & aperture ring; serial number with Y prefix
Chrome focus scale
Pressure Automatic Diaphragm
Soligor Miranda 50/1.9, compact lens
Black anodized focus barrel; 6 digit serial number with K prefix
Chrome focus scale
Pressure Automatic Diaphragm
50_19_PAD_blk_side_thqtr.jpg (28701 bytes)
.Miranda D

Miranda DR

 

Soligor Miranda 50/1.9, compact lens
Black enamel focus barrel; 7 digit serial number with K prefix
Chrome focus scale
Pressure Automatic Diaphragm
Soligor Miranda 50/2.8
Chrome & black finish, black anodized paint to focussing ring; preset. Two slightly different versions. Standard on model D only.
50_19_PAD.jpg (23298 bytes)
.Automex I and II Soligor Miranda 50/1.9, compact lens
Bright chrome and black finish; black enamel focus barrel; internal diaphragm; external lever to connect to camera meter; M<=>A switch
(Note; these lenses with M-A switch were produced only for these early Automex models) 50_19_Amx1_side_thqtr.jpg (26776 bytes)
Automex III

Sensorex

Soligor Miranda 50/1.9, compact lens
Satin chrome and black finish, black finished focus barrel; internal diaphragm, external lever to connect to camera meter, stopdown lever
(Note; various name changes found for the same lens, e.g. "Auto Miranda". This lens is similar right through to the Sensorex II and compatible with all models in between. 50_19_arm_top_thqtr.jpg (24878 bytes)
Sensorex AUTO MIRANDA 50/1.8
Satin chrome and black finish, black finished focus barrel; internal diaphragm, external lever to connect to camera meter, stopdown lever
AUTO MIRANDA 50/1.4
Satin chrome and black finish, black finished focus barrel; internal diaphragm, external lever to connect to camera meter, stopdown lever
50_18_sensx.jpg (24633 bytes)
Miranda F, G, Fv

Sensomat

Soligor Miranda 50/1.9, compact lens
Satin chrome and black finish, black finished focus barrel; internal diaphragm, stopdown lever (missing on some models)
(Note; various name changes found for the same lens, e.g. "AUTO MIRANDA". This lens is similar right through to the Sensomat RE and compatible with all models in between. 50_19_G_side_thqtr.jpg (21343 bytes)
Sensomat RE

Sensomat RS

AUTO MIRANDA 50/1.8
Satin chrome and black finish, black finished focus barrel; internal diaphragm, no stopdown lever

AUTO MIRANDA 50/2.8 similar.

AUTO MIRANDA 50/1.4
Satin chrome and black finish, black finished focus barrel; internal diaphragm, no stopdown lever
50_1.8_forRS_side.jpg (36344 bytes)
Sensorex II AUTO MIRANDA 50/1.8
Satin chrome and black finish, black finished focus barrel; internal diaphragm, external lever to connect to camera meter, stopdown lever, maximum aperture pin fitted
AUTO MIRANDA 50/1.4
Satin chrome and black finish, black finished focus barrel; internal diaphragm, external lever to connect to camera meter, stopdown lever, maximum aperture pin fitted
The f1.8 lens looks very similar to the Sensorex lens above. The f1.4 is different in the aperture ring style.
.Sensorex EE AUTO MIRANDA  E 50/1.8
f1.8 - f16 plus setting for shutter automatic models
Metal focus ring, overall black finish
Internal automatic diaphragm, aperture coupling, and maximum aperture pin
AUTO MIRANDA E 50/1.4
(similar to f1.8 lens)
50_14_E_top_thqtr2.jpg (23546 bytes)
Miranda EE-2,
Miranda RE-II,
Miranda dx-3
AUTO MIRANDA EC 50/1.8
f1.8 - f16 plus setting for shutter automatic models
Rubber focus ring, overall black finish
Internal automatic diaphragm, aperture coupling, and maximum aperture pin
AUTO MIRANDA EC 50/1.4
(similar to f1.8 lens)
50mm_18_EC.jpg (89580 bytes)
photo courtesy
dugwerks@aol.com
Miranda TM
Soligor TM
Pallas TM
AUTO MIRANDA TM
AUTO SOLIGOR TM
PALLAS AUTO TM
50/1.8 in M42 mount
AUTO MIRANDA TM 50/2.8 50_18_SolM42_thqtr.jpg (30092 bytes)

 

Oddballs

Kowa Prominar 50/1.9 for early model C. Supplied under a separate contract to Miranda. Not common. Detailed cosmetic characteristics appear identical to the first of the Soligor marked "K" prefix lenses with a six figure serial number only. 

50_19_prom.jpg (25746 bytes)   photo courtesy   dugwerks@aol.com

 

50_19_prom_side.jpg (30965 bytes)

Soligor 50/1.8 Preset lens. This was offered as an optional faster lens for the Model D by Mayfair Photographic in the UK about 1960. I haven't seen it advertised anywhere else. Fixed M44 mount, appears uncoated design.

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