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04-17-2020, 12:15 PM   #1
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Polar Lens

Hi all,
Anyone know anything about polar lens? I bought a camera lot and it has 2 polar lens in the bag. Canít find any info on them. Thanks for any info.

04-17-2020, 12:19 PM   #2
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Are they polariser filters that screw onto the front of a lens? Some pictures would be helpful
04-17-2020, 03:45 PM   #3
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The brand name Polar is a bit of a mystery to me.

Nowadays it is being used as one of the many brands of the contemporary Samyang lens line. At least i know that the Samyang 85mm 1.4 exists with a "Polar" label on.

Presumably in the 80ies Polar seems to have been a store or sales brand for "cheapo" OEM lenses from the likes of early Samyang. I assume that it must have been particularly popular in Italy or even a brand by an Italian distributor. I know of the following list of lenses available in K-mount:
  • Polar Automatic MC 1:2.8 f=28mm (K)
  • Polar Automatic MC 1:2.8 f=28mm (KAR)
  • Polar Automatic MC 1:2.8 f=28mm [with Macro function] (K) [most likely Samyang]
  • Polar Automatic MC 1:2.8 f=28mm [with Macro function] (KAR) [most likely Samyang]
  • Auto Polar MC 1:2.8 f=135mm [looks like Samyang]
  • Polar MC 135mm Macro 1:2.8
  • Polar MC Auto Zoom 1:4.0-4.5 f=18-28mm (KAR) [Samyang - it also exists as Beroflex, Cambron, Centon, Exakta, Goko, Maginon, Panagor, Phoenix/Samyang, Sakar, Samyang, Sears, Sirius, Tokura]
  • Polar MC Auto Zoom 1:3.5-4.5 f=28-70mm (KAR) [2 different variants]
  • Polar MC Auto Zoom 1:3.5-4.5 f=28-85mm (KAR)
  • Polar MC Auto Zoom 1:4-5,6 28-200mm (KAR) [3 different variants]
  • Polar MC Auto Zoom 1:4.0-5.6 f=60-300mm
  • Polar MC Auto Zoom 1:3.9 f=70-210mm
  • Polar MC Auto Zoom 1:4.0 f=70-210mm (KAR)
  • Polar MC Auto Zoom 1:4.0-5.6 f=70-210mm (KAR) [2 different variants]
  • Polar MC Auto Zoom 1:3.9 f=80-200mm [2 different variants]
  • Auto Zoom Polar MC 1:4.5 f=80-200mm
  • Polar MC Auto Zoom 1:4.5 f=80-200mm
Now I would be very curious to see photos of your lenses....

Last edited by UMC; 04-18-2020 at 12:31 AM.

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