Brands that disappeared in the 70s:

WIRGIN EDIXA, ZEISS IKON AG, KOWA, MIRANDA, TOPCON, ALPA, NIKKORMAT/NIKOMAT.

West-Germany: WIRGIN EDIXA:1954-1971:

For more on Wirgin Edixa, see http://www.pentax-slr.com/181841700

West-Germany: ZEISS IKON AG: 1953-1972:

For more on Zeiss Ikon AG, go to http://www.pentax-slr.com/181841701

Japan: KOWA: 1960-1973:

For a closer look at Kowa, go to http://www.pentax-slr.com/181841702

Japan: MIRANDA: 1955-1976:

For a detailed presentation of Miranda history, please go to:

Japan: PETRI: 1959-1977:

For more on Petri, go to: http://www.pentax-slr.com/181841703

Note: Petri company went down in 1977, but workers union took over and upheld production till 1980, at least.
So, Petri is moved to the next decade: Lost Brands: 80's

Japan: TOPCON: 1958-1978:

Switzerland: ALPA: 1949-1978:

For more on Alpa, see http://www.pentax-slr.com/181841705

Japan: NIKKORMAT/NIKOMAT: 1965-1978:

More Nikomat/Nikkormat onhttp://www.pentax-slr.com/71760553

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I går | 14:32

It might be worth to mention that the Ia, IIa and IIb also were found in the US under Tower 23 and Tower 24 names.

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I går | 14:28

Hi Bosse,
There is very little evidence to support that the m42 versions were made by Asahi Opt. Company but more evidence that these were made by resellers.

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20.11 | 00:08

Hi Roland,
No I have no information about it. There were several producers of long tele lenses and they came with many names. Is it a preset lens? Serial nr?

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19.11 | 20:32

Hi Roland,
I have a Miranda camera and purchased a Safari 500mm 1:6.3 lens for it, but now cannot find any information on Safari lenses. Can you help?

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