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Super Carenar 200mm f3.5

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Super Carenar 200mm f3.5

Film era manual focus M42 mount telephoto with manual/automatic aperture switch, made in Japan (in the 70s?), S/N 24XXXXX. Six rounded aperture blades, minimum aperture f16, approx. 330 degree focus throw, minimum focus 8 feet. Front element does not rotate while focusing; lens extends from 5-9/16" (141.3mm) at infinity to 6-1/8" (155.6mm) at minimum focus. 540 grams, 62mm filter.

One of these lenses, with a serial number very close to my copy, sold on e-bay in September 2015 under the listing of 'Vivitar Super Carenar'. My copy does not say Vivitar on it anywhere. My guess is that the lens case in the sale was a Vivitar, and the seller assumed the lens and case were related.

This lens was apparently also made in a K-mount version, S/N 22XXXXX, since in my research I found an old, ended e-bay Europe listing titled 'HC CARENAR 1:3,5 f=200mm No. 2222329 Pentax-K'.

I do not know the optical formula or have a way to do a proper evaluation of the lens. I have added it to the database for historical purposes and in the hope that someone else can add additional info.
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Registered: November, 2013
Posts: 8
Lens Review Date: April 29, 2021 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $30.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: good sharpness at f8-11
Cons: some CAs visible
Sharpness: 8    Aberrations: 7    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 8    Value: 8    Camera Used: K-5 k-s1 k-x k200 d   

+ stopped down to f8-11 a good lens

O visible flare against the light

-/O aperture wide open: visible CAs in the corners

+ CAs better controlled at f 8-11

++ achromatic front element very usefull as macro lens on the top of a PORST auto N 2.8/135 (very rare) plus macro ring with (self made of a 8x30 binocular front element) integrated achromatic focus reducer. In result :

2/1 + 5/4 + 2/1 elements = 9/6 macro lens for perfect corrected 1,25:1 macro shootings. Photo of very small flowers are available. Naturally M42 wit K adapter,

Totally 8 points

PS. My Carenar favorite 1.8/50 with 6/4 elements and nearly no CAs (similar to old Canon FD 1.8/50) - but some flare against the light because of small coating.

Optical formula of Carenar 3.5/200 is 5/4 elements
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Registered: December, 2015
Location: Goldsboro North Carolina
Posts: 2,048
Lens Review Date: June 30, 2016 I can recommend this lens: No | Price: None indicated | Rating: N/A 

Pros: Solid build quality, smooth focus with long throw
Cons: Image quality?

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