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Spiratone was an American distributor, founded by Fred Spira in 1941.[1] The company had a store on West 27th Street, N.Y., which was opened in 1946.[1] It distributed lenses and all sorts of camera and darkroom accessories. It closed its doors in 1990.

As a kid my father would take me too camera row. We would do Minifilm, Wiloughby's, Camera Barn, Olden and Spiratone. Some of the fondest memories I have of NYC in early 1960's.  Don@eastwestphoto.[1]



  • Spiratone Fish-eye 7mm f/5.6
  • Spiratone Fish-eye 12mm f/5.6
  • Spiratone Fish-eye 12mm f/8
  • Spiratone Pluracoat Ultra Wideangle 17mm f3.5
  • Spiratone YS 18mm f/3.2
  • Spiratone YS 18mm f/3.5
  • Spiratone Pluracoat Ultra 18mm f/3.5
  • Spiratone Plura-Coat 20mm f/2.8
  • Spiratone Wideangle YS 28mm f/2.8
  • Spiratone Plura-Coat 28mm f/2.8
  • Spiratone Automatic 35mm f/2.8
  • Spiratone Macrotar 35mm f/3.5 (micro head)
  • Spiratone Flat Field Macro 75mm f/3.5 (bellows head)
  • Spiratone Tc 135mm f/2.8 preset
  • Spiratone YS 135mm f1.8 (Goyo Optical)
  • Spiratone Plura-Coat 135mm f1.8 (Mitake) 
  • Spiratone Macrotel 150mm f/4.5 (bellows head)
  • Spiratone Telephoto 400mm f/6.3
  • Spiratone Mirror-Ultratel 500mm f/8 (mirror lens)
  • Spiratone Minitel-M 500mm f/8 (mirror lens)
  • Spiratone-Sun Electric Zoom 85-210mm f/4.8, T mount


  • Spiratone Bellowscope bellows, T mount
  • Spiratone Proxiscope Sr. focusing rail
  • Spiratone Bi-Rail focusing rail
  • Spiratone Vario-Dupliscope slide copier
  • Spiratone Circo-Mirrotach 90-degree lens attachment
  • Spiratone focusing extension tubes in various camera mounts


In English:

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Obituary of Fred Spira in the New York Times.