Miranda system

Discontinued

Orion T

35mm MF film SLR camera

Announced:August 1955
Mount:Miranda
Format:36 × 24mm
Shutter type:Focal-plane
Shutter model:Mechanical
Speeds:1 - 1/500 + B
Exposure metering:No

Miranda T

35mm MF film SLR camera

Announced:1956
Mount:Miranda
Format:36 × 24mm
Shutter type:Focal-plane
Shutter model:Mechanical
Speeds:1 - 1/500 + B
Exposure metering:No

Miranda T (new)

35mm MF film SLR camera

Announced:1957
Mount:Miranda
Format:36 × 24mm
Shutter type:Focal-plane
Shutter model:Mechanical
Speeds:1 - 1/500 + B
Exposure metering:No

Miranda T-II

35mm MF film SLR camera

Announced:October 1957
Mount:Miranda
Format:36 × 24mm
Shutter type:Focal-plane
Shutter model:Mechanical
Speeds:1 - 1/1000 + B
Exposure metering:No

Miranda A

35mm MF film SLR camera

Announced:April 1958
Mount:Miranda
Format:36 × 24mm
Shutter type:Focal-plane
Shutter model:Mechanical
Speeds:1 - 1/500 + B
Exposure metering:No

Miranda A-II

35mm MF film SLR camera

Announced:April 1958
Mount:Miranda
Format:36 × 24mm
Shutter type:Focal-plane
Shutter model:Mechanical
Speeds:1 - 1/1000 + B
Exposure metering:No

Miranda B

35mm MF film SLR camera

Announced:May 1958
Mount:Miranda
Format:36 × 24mm
Shutter type:Focal-plane
Shutter model:Mechanical
Speeds:1 - 1/1000 + B
Exposure metering:No

Miranda S

35mm MF film SLR camera

Announced:March 1959
Mount:Miranda
Format:36 × 24mm
Shutter type:Focal-plane
Shutter model:Mechanical
Speeds:1/30 - 1/500 + B
Exposure metering:No

Miranda ST

35mm MF film SLR camera

Announced:March 1959
Mount:Miranda
Format:36 × 24mm
Shutter type:Focal-plane
Shutter model:Mechanical
Speeds:1 - 1/500 + B
Exposure metering:No

Miranda C

35mm MF film SLR camera

Announced:April 1959
Mount:Miranda
Format:36 × 24mm
Shutter type:Focal-plane
Shutter model:Mechanical
Speeds:1 - 1/1000 + B
Exposure metering:No

Miranda D

35mm MF film SLR camera

Announced:April 1960
Mount:Miranda
Format:36 × 24mm
Shutter type:Focal-plane
Shutter model:Mechanical
Speeds:1 - 1/500 + B
Exposure metering:No

Miranda automex

35mm MF film SLR camera

Announced:April 1960
Mount:Miranda
Format:36 × 24mm
Shutter type:Focal-plane
Shutter model:Mechanical
Speeds:1 - 1/1000 + B
Exposure metering:Through the separate window

Miranda D (new)

35mm MF film SLR camera

Announced:August 1960
Mount:Miranda
Format:36 × 24mm
Shutter type:Focal-plane
Shutter model:Mechanical
Speeds:1 - 1/500 + B
Exposure metering:No

Miranda DR

35mm MF film SLR camera

Announced:March 1962
Mount:Miranda
Format:36 × 24mm
Shutter type:Focal-plane
Shutter model:Mechanical
Speeds:1 - 1/1000 + B
Exposure metering:No

Miranda automex II

35mm MF film SLR camera

Announced:September 1963
Mount:Miranda
Format:36 × 24mm
Shutter type:Focal-plane
Shutter model:Mechanical
Speeds:1 - 1/1000 + B
Exposure metering:Through the separate window

Miranda F

35mm MF film SLR camera

Announced:October 1963
Mount:Miranda
Format:36 × 24mm
Shutter type:Focal-plane
Shutter model:Mechanical
Speeds:1 - 1/1000 + B
Exposure metering:No

Miranda FM

35mm MF film SLR camera

Announced:October 1964
Mount:Miranda
Format:36 × 24mm
Shutter type:Focal-plane
Shutter model:Mechanical
Speeds:1 - 1/1000 + B
Exposure metering:No

Miranda automex III

35mm MF film SLR camera

Announced:October 1964
Mount:Miranda
Format:36 × 24mm
Shutter type:Focal-plane
Shutter model:Mechanical
Speeds:1 - 1/1000 + B
Exposure metering:Through the separate window

Miranda G

35mm MF film SLR camera

Announced:October 1965
Mount:Miranda
Format:36 × 24mm
Shutter type:Focal-plane
Shutter model:Mechanical
Speeds:1 - 1/1000 + B
Exposure metering:No
Dimensions:146x95x85mm (*)
Weight:840g (*)

* - with Auto Miranda 50mm F/1.9

Miranda GT

35mm MF film SLR camera

Announced:1966
Mount:Miranda
Format:36 × 24mm
Shutter type:Focal-plane
Shutter model:Mechanical
Speeds:1 - 1/1000 + B
Exposure metering:No

Miranda Fv

35mm MF film SLR camera

Announced:April 1966
Mount:Miranda
Format:36 × 24mm
Shutter type:Focal-plane
Shutter model:Mechanical
Speeds:1 - 1/1000 + B
Exposure metering:No
Dimensions:146x95x85mm (*)
Weight:827g (*)

* - with Auto Miranda 50mm F/1.9

Miranda SENSOREX

35mm MF film SLR camera

Announced:August 1966
Mount:Miranda
Format:36 × 24mm
Shutter type:Focal-plane
Shutter model:Mechanical
Speeds:1 - 1/1000 + B
Exposure metering:Through-the-lens (TTL)
Dimensions:146x94x86mm (*)
Weight:950g (*)

* - with Auto Miranda 50mm F/1.9

Miranda FvT

35mm MF film SLR camera

Announced:October 1966
Mount:Miranda
Format:36 × 24mm
Shutter type:Focal-plane
Shutter model:Mechanical
Speeds:1 - 1/1000 + B
Exposure metering:No

Miranda SENSOMAT

35mm MF film SLR camera

Announced:August 1968
Mount:Miranda
Format:36 × 24mm
Shutter type:Focal-plane
Shutter model:Mechanical
Speeds:1 - 1/1000 + B
Exposure metering:Through-the-lens (TTL)
Dimensions:147x94x88mm (*)
Weight:858g (*)

* - with Auto Miranda 50mm F/1.8

Miranda SENSOMAT RE

35mm MF film SLR camera

Announced:May 1970
Mount:Miranda
Format:36 × 24mm
Shutter type:Focal-plane
Shutter model:Mechanical
Speeds:1 - 1/1000 + B
Exposure metering:Through-the-lens (TTL)
Dimensions:147x94x88mm (*)
Weight:858g (*)

* - with Auto Miranda 50mm F/1.8

Miranda SENSOMAT RS

35mm MF film SLR camera

Announced:May 1970
Mount:Miranda
Format:36 × 24mm
Shutter type:Focal-plane
Shutter model:Mechanical
Speeds:1 - 1/1000 + B
Exposure metering:No

Miranda SENSOREX-C

35mm MF film SLR camera

Announced:June 1970
Mount:Miranda
Format:36 × 24mm
Shutter type:Focal-plane
Shutter model:Mechanical
Speeds:1 - 1/1000 + B
Exposure metering:Through-the-lens (TTL)
Dimensions:146x94x86mm (*)
Weight:1000g (*)

* - with Auto Miranda 50mm F/1.8

Miranda SENSOREX II

35mm MF film SLR camera

Announced:February 1972
Mount:Miranda
Format:36 × 24mm
Shutter type:Focal-plane
Shutter model:Mechanical
Speeds:1 - 1/1000 + B
Exposure metering:Through-the-lens (TTL)
Dimensions:144x93x87mm (*)
Weight:950g (*)

* - with Auto Miranda 50mm F/1.8

Miranda AUTO SENSOREX EE

35mm MF film SLR camera

Announced:March 1972
Mount:Miranda
Format:36 × 24mm
Shutter type:Focal-plane
Shutter model:Mechanical
Speeds:1 - 1/1000 + B
Exposure metering:Through-the-lens (TTL)
Exposure modes:Shutter-priority Auto
Manual
Dimensions:144x93x87mm (*)
Weight:950g (*)

* - with Auto Miranda E 50mm F/1.8

Miranda RE-II

35mm MF film SLR camera

Announced:March 1975
Mount:Miranda
Format:36 × 24mm
Shutter type:Focal-plane
Shutter model:Mechanical
Speeds:1 - 1/1000 + B
Exposure metering:Through-the-lens (TTL)
Dimensions:144x95x82mm
Weight:661g

Miranda dx-3

35mm MF film SLR camera

Announced:April 1975
Mount:Miranda
Format:36 × 24mm
Shutter type:Focal-plane
Shutter model:Electronically controlled
Speeds:4 - 1/1000 + B
Exposure metering:Through-the-lens (TTL)
Dimensions:134.6x89x86mm (*)
Weight:800g (*)

* - with Auto Miranda EC 50mm F/1.8

Miranda EE-2

35mm MF film SLR camera

Announced:March 1976
Mount:Miranda
Format:36 × 24mm
Shutter type:Focal-plane
Shutter model:Mechanical
Speeds:1 - 1/1000 + B
Exposure metering:Through-the-lens (TTL)
Exposure modes:Shutter-priority Auto
Manual
Dimensions:143x93x91mm (*)
Weight:975g (*)

* - with Auto Miranda EC 50mm F/1.8

The design of the first Miranda 35mm SLR cameras appears to be modeled on the classic Kine Exakta, with some important improvements. The basic mount, which was to be unchanged for almost every subsequent camera, had on its outside a 4-claw bayonet mount and on its inside a screw mount of 44mm diameter. The bayonet mount was for attaching the lenses having automatic diaphragms, extension bellows, etc., and the inner screw mount was for preset lenses and most other accessories.

This design remained unchanged through models T, ST, A1, AII, B, C, D, DR and S. All cameras had a front shutter release, which allowed the mounting of lenses with an external automatic diaphragm (known as a Pressure Automatic Diaphragm or PAD). Pressing the release button on the lens arm closed down the diaphragm and then further pressure pushed the camera shutter release. The same mechanism can be found on all classic Exakta models, although the shutter release is on the left hand side of the camera. The model T, ST and S came with preset screw mount lenses; all the others offered a bayonet mount PAD lens as standard in most markets. All lenses and cameras of this type are fully interchangeable functionally.

In 1959 Miranda announced the automex, the first 35mm SLR camera with a built-in exposure meter coupled to the lens. For the automex (and later - SENSOREX), Miranda introduced a new range of lenses with two new coupling mechanisms. The diaphragm closing mechanism was moved behind the lens, internal through the lens mount. The aperture setting ring was provided with a small additional arm on the left side which connected to a matching arm on the camera body. In this way, the aperture set on the lens was transferred to the camera and the match needle metering could be used. A separate stop down sliding lever with lock was incorporated in all the automex lenses.

Miranda provided a much-needed automatic diaphragm mechanism for the next meterless models. The same lenses from the automex III were provided without meter coupling arm, for the new model F. This model was a considerable update on the DR, both internally and in user features. The camera sported the internal diaphragm control. The viewfinder system and front shutter release were retained, so that all previous pre-set and PAD lenses worked with this model. The F was extended into the more comprehensive G, with interchangeable focus screens, an oversize mirror, and mirror lockup. The F was upgraded lightly to Fv to match. These were the last non-metered Mirandas. In 1968, Miranda offered a new development of the Fv called the SENSOMAT. Essentially, this camera added the TTL meter-on-the-mirror from the SENSOREX. This was a stop down metering camera, so the lenses from all the previous models were still compatible. A second version, the SENSOMAT RE, refined the controls but did not significantly change the camera. Thus, the Miranda models from the F through to the SENSOMAT RE all have similar lenses, with some variations on stop down lever provision.

When the company announced the AUTO SENSOREX EE at Photokina in 1970 it created a sensation. Here was a complete automatic 35mm SLR with more features than could be imagined. It combined a TTL light measuring system with a fully automatic exposure control. The camera permitted, besides EE photography, also manual photography. For the AUTO SENSOREX EE, Miranda introduced a new range of lenses with two additional internal coupling mechanisms. The external arm of the automex/SENSOREX range of lenses was dropped. The actual diaphragm actuating lever from the automex/SENSOREX was unchanged. A separate stopdown preview lever was incorporated in all these lenses. You can easily identify these lenses by the red letter "E" on the front ring, and the red "EE" position after the smallest aperture on the aperture selection dial. This is the normal operating position for use with AUTO SENSOREX EE and EE-2.

In producing the Miranda dx-3, the world's first compact, electronically controlled 35mm SLR, the Miranda engineers and designers far exceeded their expectations: miniaturized IC circuitry, LED readouts, full information viewfinder, QIS rangefinder, and compact size were all incorporated. New EC series lenses were developed for the dx-3, ranging from 28mm to 200mm. The 28mm, 35mm and 50mm lenses were significantly smaller than their E series predecessors. The focusing rings were rubberized, replacing the scalloped serration design which had started with the K series for the Miranda C in 1958. The aperture rings were a soft chrome, black numerals and a black triangle setting for EE operation. All EC series lenses are marked with red "EC" letters on the front ring, feature an automatic EE diaphragm mechanism, and Miranda's single layer anti-reflection coating. Functionally the EC series lenses are identical to the E series, and are interchangeable with them.

With the demise of the dx-3, two last Miranda SLRs were available for the EC series lenses. The RE-II was essentially a Sensomat RE with the full aperture metering mechanism of the dx-3 added in. The EE-2 was a cosmetic upgrade to the Sensorex EE and offered the same shutter preferred automation. Neither of these met with great success. The owner of Miranda, the American import/export company Allied Impex Corporation, struggled financially, so Miranda had to give in. It went bankrupt on December 10, 1976 and stopped camera production the same month.

Note:

  • We decided not to add Miranda PAD lenses to the database, because we do not record lenses with external automatic diaphragm;
  • We decided not to add Miranda preset screw mount lenses to the database (despite the fact that we have the manufacturer documentation dedicated to them, as well as to PAD lenses);
  • There were also Miranda MS-1, MS-1 Super, MS-1N, MS-2 Super, MS-3 and Memoflex cameras but they were produced by Cosina for the Dixon group in the 1980s and had nothing to do with the original Miranda company.

Camera lineup

Miranda mount lens lineup

Lenses found: 51
Wide-angle prime lenses
Auto Miranda E 25mm F/2.8 ⌀52
Auto Miranda 25mm F/2.8 for SENSOREX ⌀52
Auto Miranda 25mm F/2.8 for F, G, SENSOMAT ⌀52
Auto Miranda E 28mm F/2.8 ⌀52
Auto Miranda 28mm F/2.8 for SENSOREX ⌀46
Auto Miranda 28mm F/2.8 for automex I/II ⌀46
Auto Miranda 28mm F/2.8 for F, G, SENSOMAT ⌀46
Auto Miranda EC 28mm F/2.8 ⌀49 1975 
Auto Miranda E 35mm F/2.8 ⌀52
Auto Miranda 35mm F/2.8 for SENSOREX ⌀46
Auto Miranda 35mm F/2.8 for automex I/II ⌀46
Auto Miranda 35mm F/2.8 for F, G, SENSOMAT ⌀46
Auto Miranda EC 35mm F/2.8 ⌀49 1975 
Standard prime lenses
Auto Miranda 50mm F/1.9 for automex I/II ⌀46
Auto Miranda 50mm F/1.9 for F, G ⌀46
Auto Miranda E 50mm F/1.8 ⌀52
Auto Miranda 50mm F/1.8 for SENSOREX ⌀46
Auto Miranda 50mm F/1.8 for SENSOREX II ⌀46
Auto Miranda 50mm F/1.8 for SENSOMAT ⌀46
Auto Miranda EC 50mm F/1.8 ⌀49 1975 
Auto Miranda E 50mm F/1.4 ⌀52
Auto Miranda 50mm F/1.4 for SENSOREX ⌀46
Auto Miranda 50mm F/1.4 for SENSOREX II ⌀52
Auto Miranda 50mm F/1.4 for SENSOMAT ⌀46
Auto Miranda EC 50mm F/1.4 ⌀49 1975 
Short telephoto prime lenses
Auto Miranda 85mm F/1.8 for automex I/II ⌀55
Auto Miranda E 105mm F/2.8 ⌀52
Auto Miranda 105mm F/2.8 for SENSOREX ⌀46
Auto Miranda 105mm F/2.8 for automex I/II ⌀49
Auto Miranda 105mm F/2.8 for F, G, SENSOMAT ⌀46
Auto Miranda EC 105mm F/2.8 ⌀49 1975 
Medium telephoto prime lenses
Auto Miranda E 135mm F/3.5 ⌀52
Auto Miranda 135mm F/3.5 for SENSOREX ⌀46
Auto Miranda 135mm F/3.5 for automex I/II ⌀46
Auto Miranda 135mm F/3.5 for F, G, SENSOMAT ⌀46
Auto Miranda E 135mm F/2.8 ⌀55
Auto Miranda 135mm F/2.8 for SENSOREX ⌀55
Auto Miranda 135mm F/2.8 for automex I/II ⌀55
Auto Miranda 135mm F/2.8 for F, G, SENSOMAT ⌀55
Auto Miranda EC 135mm F/2.8 ⌀55 1975 
Auto Miranda E 180mm F/3.5 ⌀58
Auto Miranda 180mm F/3.5 for SENSOREX II ⌀58
Auto Miranda E 200mm F/3.5 ⌀62
Auto Miranda 200mm F/3.5 for SENSOREX ⌀67
Auto Miranda 200mm F/3.5 for SENSOREX II ⌀62
Auto Miranda 200mm F/3.5 for F, G, SENSOMAT ⌀67
Auto Miranda EC 200mm F/3.5 ⌀62 1975 
Macro lenses
Auto Miranda Macron E 52mm F/2.8 ⌀581:1
Auto Miranda Macron 52mm F/2.8 for SENSOREX II ⌀581:1
Auto Miranda Macron EC 55mm F/3.5 ⌀491:2 1975 
Telephoto zoom lenses
Auto Miranda EC 80-200mm F/3.5 ⌀62 1975 

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