Meopta Projector Lenses

Meopta’s first range of 8mm, 9.5mm and 16mm projectors was launched in 1934, equipped with the company’s own Polar and OP lenses.

Lenses for 8mm & 16mm Film Projection:

CORRIGON for 8mm: Only available in a 28mm mount for Meopta’s Super AM8, the original Corrigon 25/1.3 (Catalogue 806 50) was a five element / three group design. In 1972 the Meolux 2 was offered with Corrigon 15/1.2 and 20/1.3 lenses. In 1977 the Meopta Meos Duo was also offered with the Meopta Vario Corrigon 15-25/1.4.

Corrigon for 8mmBarrel DiameterFitted to . . .
12.5mm / f1.4KP 8-2 Super (1976-1980)
15mm / f1.2Meolux 2 (1972-1977)
Meos (1978)
Meos Duo (1977-1986)
20mm / f1.3Meolux 2 (1972-1977)
25mm / f1.328mm806 50 (Super AM8)
Meolux 1 (1969)
Vario-Corrigon 15-25mm / f1.4Meos Duo (1977-1986)

OPTINAR for 16mm: There were four smaller Optinars made available for Meopton and Club 16 projectors: the f1.5 versions were five element / three group designs, but the faster f1.4 50mm shared a six-element / four-group layout with the larger models.

Optinar for 16mmBarrel DiameterCatalogue Number
45mm / f1.552.5mm
50mm / f1.452.5mm806 14 (Meopton only)
55mm / f1.552.5mm
65mm / f1.552.5mm

POLAR for 8-16mm: The Polar range extends across film formats from 8mm to 70mm, but shares a common four element / two group design. The smaller Polars were fitted to Optilux, OP8, AM8, Atom, Almo 16, Club 16, Jubilar, OP16 and Meopton projectors. The Polar Special was Meopta’s first dedicated projection lens, launched in 1939.

Meopta Polar (8-16mm)Barrel DiameterCatalogue Number
18mm / f1.6 (for 8mm)20mm806 01 (OP8)
806 16 (Meo 8)
21mm / f1.3 (for 8mm)28mm806 29 (Meo 8)
806 30 (Optilux)
806 34 (AM8)
25mm / f1.3 (for 8mm)28mm806 23 (Optilux)
25mm / f1.6 (for 8mm)20mm806 02 (OP8)
806 03 (Atom)
806 35 (AM8)
30mm / f1.6 (for 8mm)28mm806 24 (Optilux)
40mm / f1.5 (for 16mm)52.5mm806 17 (OP16)
806 13 (Almo 16)
806 21 (Meopton)
806 42 (Club 16)
51mm / f1.5 (for 16mm)52.5mm806 04 (Jubilar)
806 06 (OP16)
806 11 (Almo 16)
806 20 (Meopton)
806 43 (Club 16)
60mm / f1.3 (for 16mm)52.5mm806 18 (Meopton)
806 44 (Club 16)
65mm / f1.5 (for 16mm)35mm806 08 (OP16)
806 12 (Almo 16)
70mm / f1.5 (for 16mm)52.5mm806 19 (Meopton)

Mirar 12.5/2.8 for Admira 8 IIa 8mm. 13/2.8 for AG2 Supra Mirar also camera, focal length converters (0.5x 0.65x, 2x), taking lenses for Microma (20/3.5) and Flexaret (80/3.5) and a 35/3.5 enlarger lens.

Openar 42/2.0 taking lenses for Opemar, C-mount,

STIGMAR for 8-16mm: The junior Stigmars all had eight elements in five groups like their big siblings. Focal lengths of 30mm and below were fitted to 8mm projectors such as Optilux and Meo 8. Focal lengths of 45mm and above were fitted to 16mm projectors such as Meopton I, II and Meopta 16.

Meopta StigmarBarrel DiameterCatalogue Number
18mm / f1.8 (for 8mm)20mm
18mm / f1.3 (for 8mm)20mm806 22 (Optilux version)
806 27 (Meo 8 version)
25mm / f1.3 (for 8mm)28mm806 27 (Optilux)
30mm / f1.3 (for 8mm)28mm806 28 (Optilux)
45mm / f1.3 (for 16mm)52.5mm806 17 (Meopton I, II)
55mm / f1.25 (for 16mm)52.5mm806 15 (Meopton 16)
65mm / f1.3 (for 16mm)52.5mm806 25 (Meopton I, II)

P.O. RANGE for 8-16mm: Named in memory of Optikotechna Přerov, Meopta had a range of P.O designated lenses for film projection of formats from 8mm to 35mm. The smaller lenses are primarily five-element / three-group designs, but the high-speed f1.25 optics comprised six elements in four groups. P.O lenses were available for AM8, Meocord, Meopton I and II, and Club 16 projectors.

P.O for 8-16mmBarrel DiameterCatalogue Number
15mm / f1.5 (for 8mm)28mm806 40 (AM8)
20mm / f1.5 (for 8mm)28mm806 36 (AM8)
806 41 (Meocord)
45mm / f1.25 (for 16mm)52.5mm806 37 (Meopton/Club 16B)
46mm / f1.5 (for 16mm)52.5mm806 32 (Meopton/Club 16)
55mm / f1.25 (for 16mm)52.5mm806 38 (Meopton/Club 16B)
55mm / f1.5 (for 16mm)52.5mm806 33 (Meopton/Club 16)
66mm / f1.5 (for 16mm)52.5mm806 31 (Meopton/Club 16)

MEOSTIGMAT for 16mm [V1]: Six elements / four groups

Meopta Meostigmat [for 16mm [V1]Barrel DiameterCatalogueFitted To…
35mm / f1.352.5mm806 46
50mm / f1.0Meoclub 16
Automatic (1968)
Electronic (1980-1984)
50mm / f1.352.5mm806 47
70mm / f1.352.5mm806 48
Vario-Meostigmat 40-65mm / f1.552.5mm806 49

MEOSTIGMAT 16 [V2]: Though the Meostigmat 16 range appears in 1988 in a separate catalogue from the 35mm projection optics, it shares the seven element / six group construction of the longer f1.9 100mm+ Meostigmats and has a larger barrel than other 16mm projection lenses. It’s likely that most of these lenses have image circles large enough to cover a 35mm sensor when used for taking.

Meopta Meostigmat 16 [V2]Barrel DiameterCatalogue Number
65mm / f1.762.5mm392 8411 10512
71mm / f1.762.5mm392 8411 10522
77mm / f1.762.5mm392 8411 10532
84mm / f1.762.5mm392 8411 10542
92mm / f1.762.5mm392 8411 10552

Meopton I and II professional cine projectors

Meo 8 (1954-1960)

Lenses for 35mm & 70mm Film Projection

Meopta FTP-1 (extant 1961)

FATRAR: Little is presently known about Fatrar lenses. They appear to be late models (certainly post-dating 1970) and have unusual three-digit serials. Only seen in long focal lengths, they were evidently intended for projection of formats of 35mm and above over longer distances.

Meopta FatrarBarrel DiameterCataloge Number
180/2.382.5mm
250/3.082.5mm
350/4.582.5mm

STIGMAR: The Stigmar range was launched in 1961: a large, fast collection of 35mm projection optics with a complex eight-element, five-group design available in 80mm and 82.5mm barrels. Focal lengths ranged from 90-120mm. The later Stigmar XX fluroscopy (ie, video) lens is more commonly seen and priced accordingly. Meopta Stigmar TVX lenses were shorter, faster and designed for X-ray projection (ie, still images).

Meopta Stigmar Barrel DiameterCatalogue Number
90mm / f1.2582.5mm807 04
100mm / f1.4 [V1]80mm807 02
100mm / f1.4 [V2]82.5mm807 22
105mm / f1.480mm807 16
110mm / f1.5 [V1]80mm807 01
110mm / f1.5 [V2]82.5mm807 23
115mm / f1.580mm807 17
120mm / f1.6 [V1]80mm807 03
120mm / f1.6 [V2]82.5mm807 24
120.07mm / f1.6 Short Throw80mm807 32 / 33
Meopta Stigmar XX
75mm / f1.1c.42mm
100mm / f1.5c.42mm
Meoptar Stigmar TVX
50mm / f0.75

POLAR: The first Polars were fast four-element, two group designs in 80mm barrels and three focal lengths for 35mm projection. Launched sometime after 1950, the Polar Special was an improved four-element, three-group range comprising focal lengths from 84 to 160mm, fitted to 62.5mm barrels.

Meopta PolarBarrel DiameterCatalogue Number
130mm / f1.780mm807 07
140mm / f1.780mm807 08
150mm / f1.780mm807 09
Meopta Polar Special
84mm / f1.9?62.5mm807 49
90mm / f1.962.5mm807 45
100mm / f1.962.5mm807 48
110mm / f2.062.5mm807 47 (old model)
110mm / f2.062.5mm807 40
120mm / f2.162.5mm807 46
130mm / f2.362.5mm807 44
140mm / f2.462.5mm807 43
150mm / f2.662.5mm807 42
160mm / f2.862.5mm807 41

P.O RANGE: A set of 35mm projection lenses featuring six-element, four-group designs for focal lengths 65-95mm (including a 90/2 optic designed for the Meopton IV) and a pair of five-element, three-group longer lenses (130-140mm).

Meopta P.OBarrel DiameterCatalogue Number
55mm / f1.962.5mm807 10
70mm / f1.962.5mm807 15
75mm / f1.962.5mm807 12
80mm / f1.962.5mm807 06
85mm / f1.962.5mm807 14
90mm / 1.980mm807 11
90mm / f262.5mm807 13
95mm / f1.980mm807 19
130mm / f1.882.5mm807 05
140mm / f1.982.5mm807 50

DALNAR: The heavweight 104mm diameter Dalnars were suitable for 35mm or 70mm projection, with image circles large enough for medium format digital, plus movements. The 70mm lens was a twelve-element design in nine groups, available in 100mm and 104mm barrels. The 80mm version swapped one doublet for a single element, reducing the count to 11/9.

Meopta DalnarBarrel DiameterCatalogue Number
70mm / f2.0100mm807 51
70mm / f2.0104mm807 54
80mm / f2.0104mm807 55

MEOSTIGMAT [V1]: Six element / five-group for 35mm projection.

Meopta Meostigmat (for 35mm – V1?)Barrel DiameterCatalogue Number
95mm / f2.062.5mm807 35
100mm / f2.062.5mm807 36
105mm / f2.062.5mm807 37
110mm / f2.062.5mm807 38
120mm / f2.062.5mm807 39

MEOSTIGMAT [V2]: Seven-element, six-groups for 35mm

Meopta Meostigmat for 35mm [V2] Barrel DiameterCatalogue Number
100mm / f1.780mm392 8411 10562
100mm / f1.782.5mm392 8411 10612
109mm / f1.780mm392 8411 10572
109mm / f1.782.5mm392 8411 10622
119mm / f1.780mm392 8411 10582
119mm / f1.782.5mm392 8411 10584
130mm / f1.980mm392 8411 10591
130mm / f1.982.5mm392 8411 10641
141mm / f1.980mm392 8411 10601
141mm / f1.982.5mm392 8411 10651

SUPER MEOSTIGMAT: Six element / six group asymmetric, multicoated.

Meopta Super MeostigmatBarrel diameterCatalogue Number
65mm / f1.770.6mm392 841 110 931
71mm/ f1.670.6mm392 841 110 522
77mm / f1.670.6mm392 841 110 991
84mm / f1.670.6mm392 841 110 951
92mm / f1.670.6mm392 841 110 971
100mm / f1.670.6mm392 841 110 921
109mm / f1.770.6mm392 841 110 961
119mm / f1.970.6mm392 841 110 981
130mm / f2.070.6mm392 841 110 011
141mm / f2.270.6mm392 841 110 941

OPTINAR: The range of thirteen standard lenses for the Meopton 35mm film projector are all six element, four group designs in a f1.9 aperture up to 140mm. Longer lenses include a 155mm f2.1, 170mm f2.3, 185mm f2.5 and 200mm f2.7.

Meopta OptinarBarrel diameterCatalogue Number
60mm / f1.962.5mm807 25
65mm / f1.9
70mm / f1.9
77.5mm / f1.962.5mm807 26
80mm / f1.962.5mm‘291’
85mm / f1.9
92.5mm / f1.9
100mm / f1.980mm807 20
130mm / f1.9
140mm / f1.9
150mm / f2.1
170mm / f2.3
185mm / f2.5
200mm / f2.7

Meostigmat 52.5-141mm (f1.7, f1.9 and f2.1)

Hyper Meostigmat aspect ratio converters

Anagon anamorphic converter

Meopta Largor / Openar cine lenses

Meopton UM 70/35 and UMS 70/35 professional cine projector (1961-1971)

Meopton III and IV professional cine projectors (1955-1959)

Meo 5 (from 1977)

Meo 5 XB, Meo 8 XB-S, Meo 5 (1980s)

Meo 5X Automatic

Meo 5 XB1 and XB3

[Confirm whether Meopta OEM maker for Angenieux and Kinoptic?]

Meopta Scenar 80mm f2.8

SLIDE PROJECTOR LENSES

Miron

Miron was Meopta’s first new post-war lens, in production from 1946. The 60mm f2.8 was fitted to the Mikromar slide projector for the 11x14mm format and has a correspondingly small image circle. The 100mm f2.8 was standard on the OP 5x5cm and Medior projectors – the latter also offered with with a 150mm f2.8 Miron. All are typical air-spaced triplets.

NB: There was also a Miron D 60mm f2.8 with enough coverage for 35mm film with a catalogue number 807 53, perhaps fitted to a Diagrand projection system.

P.O. (Optikotechna Přerov) (pre-1946)

Dia Opticon

Meopta’s most ambitious slide projector lenses failed to catch the attention of a wider audience in the same way that Leitz’ Colorplan optics have. Technically, however, they are equally laudable: air-spaced designs featuring no fewer than five, and as many as nine elements. Dia Opticon primes, and the Vario Dia Opticon zoom, were optionally fitted to Meopta Medirex H and Vario 5500 slide projectors. Thanks to their standard 52.5mm barrel they are sometimes – but not commonly – observed fitted to Kodak Carousel and other high quality projectors in the UK and Europe.

Meopta Dia OpticonElementsBarrelCatalogue Number
25mm / f2.8852.5mm392 841 160 402
35mm / f2.8752.5mm392 841 160 372
45mm / f2.8652.5mm392 841 160 412
50mm / f2.8652.5mm392 841 160 382
75mm / f2.8652.5mm392 841 160 422
100mm / f2.8552.5mm392 841 160 392
150mm / 2.8552.5mm392 841 160 432
70-120mm / f2.8952.5mm392 841 160 442

Hyper Video Opticon (tele and wide converters)

INDUSTRIAL & OTHER LENSES

Mirar SX

SO 100/1.4 (‘Special Objective’ X-Ray lens)

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