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Meyer Optik Görlitz Primoplan 75mm f/1.9 II: Rebirth of a ‘Legendary Lens’

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Under its new owner OPC Optics, the Meyer Optik Görlitz brand today announced the rebirth of another “legendary lens”, the Primoplan 75mm f/1.9 II. Following launches of lenses in the Trioplan and Lydith lines, this new lens marks the start of the new Primoplan series.

Vintage pre-owned Primoplan 75 lenses can be found on eBay for thousands of dollars.

“Primoplan 75 has always been one of the most sought-after and at the same time rarest lenses from Meyer Optik Görlitz”, says OPC Optics Managing Director Timo Heinze. “After it was discontinued in the middle/end of the 1950s, probably for political reasons and/or in favor of a market companion from Jena, Primoplan lenses that can be found today are traded at horrendous prices.

“With our new edition, we now offer the option to get a new, technically perfect, Primoplan 75 at a reasonable pricing.”

Primoplan lenses will be distinctive for their bokeh, sharpness, and speed.

“Particularly the smooth transitions from sharpness to fuzziness are outstanding,” Meyer Optik Görlitz says. “Since focused areas are very harmoniously set off from the out of focus areas, Primoplan photographs are given a plastic appearance and motifs appear slightly exposed.”

Photos captured with the lens can exhibit the brand’s famous “soap bubble” and swirly bokeh.

Here are some official sample photos captured with the lens:

The all-metal Primoplan 75mm f/1.9 II is assembled by hand and individually calibrated and tested. The lens features a silent stepless damped aperture, a filter diameter of 52mm, and a minimum object distance of 0.75m (~2.46ft).

The lens will be entering serial production in about a month and will be shipping in the coming days for Canon EF, Nikon F, Fuji X, Leica M, M42, MFT, Pentax K, and Sony E mounts. It can be ordered now from the Meyer Optik Gorlitz website for €973.82 (~$1165).


Correction: This article originally stated that the lens would begin shipping in January 2021, but it is actually available now and will ship within days.

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