Can anyone identify this lens/mount? Navitar Raptar 24mm F2.8

Started 5 months ago | Questions thread
OP rkc Forum Member • Posts: 68
Re: Navitar and Raptar: what's in a name?

ProfHankD wrote:

Interesting. None of my SR/MC/MD Minoltas (that were handy to check) say China, but most of my collection is older (SRTs and an XK). That still lines up with the "for different markets" impression I had of the collaboration.

I remain convinced that the Navitar and Raptar names on the OP lens are basically fraudulent, which strongly suggests it was NOT a lens authorized by Minolta.

I'm not sure what the likely production date of this lens is - as far as I can tell the history of Seagull producing Minolta-inspired lenses in China dates back to the mid 1960s and into the 1990s.

Navitar (the US company) was founded in 1972.

So it may be that the use of the Navitar name is a coincidence rather than an attempt to pass it off as a Navitar lens (especially as it seems to bear no relation to the type of produce that Navitar creates).

All very interesting though - I had no idea my mystery lens would inspire such discussion!

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