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THE PRAKTINA SYSTEM
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Heinz Kilfitt

Kilfitt was one of the best and most innovative German lens makers of the 1950ís and 1960ís known for its macro, telephoto, and zoom lenses. Heinz Kilfitt started his own business in Munich in 1941 and established the Kilfitt Optische Fabrik in Munich in 1946. The first Kilar lens appears on the market in 1948. The 150mm was followed by the 90mm, 135mm, 300mm, 400mm and 600mm. In 1954 Kilfitt made world's first 35mm macro lens, the 3.5/40 Kilar, which was initially assembled in Vaduz (Liechtenstein) by the Kamerabau Anstalt. In 1966 Zoomar Inc. becomes the owner of the company and the production of lenses will continue until 1979 under the Zoomar name.

Manufacturer
 
1946-1964
Heinz Kilfitt Optische Fabrik
1964-1966
Kilfitt Optische Fabrik inh Dr.G. Haeberlein
Company locationMunich, West Germany
Manufacturer's name on the lenses1946-1964
Heinz Kilfitt München
1964-1966
Kilfitt München

Lenses with Praktina mount

Lens Name Focal
Lenght
Aperture
Max-Min
Elem./
Groups
Closest
Focus m
Diaph.
Type
Finishing Filter Size
mm
Macro-Kilar A
4 cm 2.8 - 22 4 / 3 0.10 BV silver Serie V
Macro-Kilar PA
40 mm 2.8 - 22 4 / 3 0.10 BV black Serie V

Lenses with interchangeable mount

Lens Name Adapter
family
Focal
Lenght
Aperture
Max-Min
Elem./
Groups
Closest
Focus m
Diaph.
Type
Finishing Filter Size
mm
Kilar
KI/1 90 3.5 - 32 3 / 3 1.5 NB silver 37x0.5
Macro-Kilar
TU 90 2.8 - 32 4 / 3 0.18 BV silver 64x0.75
Macro-Kilar
WE 90 2.8 - 32 4 / 3 0.18 BV black 64x0.75
Kilar
KI/1 135 3.8 - 32 3 / 3 1.5 NB silver 40.5x0.5
Kilar
KI/2 135 3.8 - 32 3/3 1.5 NB / BV ver. 1 - silver
ver. 2 - black
40.5x0.5
Kilar
KI/2 150 3.5 - 22 3 / 3 1.5 NB / BV ver. 1 - silver
ver. 2 - black
52x0.75
Tele-Kilar
KI/2 300 5.6 - 32 4 / 2 3 NB / BV ver. 1 - silver
ver. 2 - black
68x0.75
Tele-Kilar
WE 300 5.6 - 32 4 / 2 3 BV black 68x0.75
Pan-Tele-Kilar
KI/2 300 4 - 32 4 / 2 3/1.8 BV black and silver 88x0.75
Pan-Tele-Kilar
WE 300 4 - 32 4 / 2 1.8/1.4 BV black 88x0.75
Fern-Kilar
KI/2-AN 400 5.6 - 45 2 / 1 10 NB gray and silver 106x1
Fern-Kilar
KI/2-AN 400 4 - 45 2 / 1 10 NB gray and silver 106x1
Sport-Fern-Kilar
KI/2-AN 400 4 - 45 2 / 1 5 NB black and silver 106x1
Sport-Fern-Kilar
WE 400 4 - 45 2 / 1 5 NB black 106x1
Fern-Kilar
KI/2 600 5.6 - 45 2 / 1 20 NB gray and silver 132x1
Sport-Fern-Kilar
AN 600 5.6 - 45 2 / 1 10 NB gray and silver 132x1
Sport-Fern-Kilar
WE 600 5.6 - 45 2 / 1 10 NB black 132x1
Kilfitt adapters family
• KI/1 for lenses with Leica thread mount and 93.3mm register
• KI/2, TU and AN for lenses with Leica thread mount and 78.8mm register
• WE for lenses with loking ring mount

Remark
This list includes the Kilfitt lenses up to 1966. The production of lenses after 1966 were marked "Zoomar". Most of Zoomar lenses have adapters for Praktina mount.

   

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