The Meyer-Optik Domiplan 2.8 / 50 is the most common lens in the lineup produced at the time at the Meyer-Optik plant in the German Democratic Republic. Data lenswe were completed cameras Praktica, Exacta, and others.

Domiplan 2.8 / 50 - for SLR cameras with M42 threaded connection. This lens is installed on modern SLR and mirrorless cameras through the appropriate adapter. Read the article about adapters... The lens barrel is made in the classic Zebra style for the GDR 60-70s.

Diagram of the lens Meyer-Optik Domiplan 2.8 / 50

Triplet, the circuit patent dates back to 1894 and belongs to the English firm Cooke of York and its developer Harold Taylor. This version of the lens for the m42 thread can be easily connected to modern digital SLR cameras through adapters.

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Body, ergonomics

The lens is made in a body, which is usually called "zebra". On some resources on the network you can find the name of the corpus "bicyclic zebra". "Monocyclic zebra" - the case of the late years of release.

Domiplan 2.8 / 50

Domiplan 50mm f2.8 in action

Domiplan 2.8 / 50

In operation, the lens is simple, like all non-autofocus optics of previous years. In this form, lenses from Meyer-Optik and Carl Zeiss divisions were released until about 1972. Lenses at the time of their appearance had a competitive price / quality ratio, and due to this they were in demand in the market.

Domiplan 2.8 / 50

At the lens diaphragm "Automatic" type, push. Focusing is carried out at an open aperture, it is covered to the working value by the camera mechanism when shooting. The minimum focusing distance is 0,75 meters.


Before using on a digital camera, please note that the diaphragm pusher must be locked prior to installation lenssince modern cameras do not have a similar aperture control mechanism. In general, the lens shows good results in operation. The quality of the optics is good. In the out of focus point light sources, the lens tends to draw as hexagons - the presence of 6 blades in the diaphragm affects.

Image quality

At f2.8 and crop, the lens produces moiré, which is very noticeable in the photo. In fact, excellent image quality with Domiplan 2.8 / 50 is obtained on diaphragmx, other than 2.8 upwards. Empirically it turned out that at f4 the image gets rid of the "soft-effect". Build quality lens good, but this specimen has a little backlash in the aperture ring.

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In the secondary market, you can find Domiplan at a cost slightly higher than the cost of the Soviet Helios 44-2. Sample photos from the lens you can see below.

Use on modern cameras

On a camera with APS-C sensor (kf = 1.6) the camera will have a field of view equal to the equivalent 80mm focal length, and the aperture will correspond to the value f / 4,5... Why is that? Because, firstly, because of the narrow viewing angle, you will have to move further. Secondly, the camera's sensor receives 1,6 times less light than a full-frame 35mm sensor. Thirdly, although this does not apply to the previous two statements, the lens on the crop has a drop in sharpness due to the denser arrangement of pixels on the matrix and their concentration in the center of the lens.

On a full frame, the lens works as intended - it has a more flexible picture and characteristics corresponding to the declared ones.

The easiest way to shoot is in the mode Aperture Priority (Av)when the camera adjusts the required shutter speed based on the current aperture value and the light in the frame. To work on digital cameras, you need an adapter from the M42x1 threaded connection to your camera. Meyer-Optik Domiplan 2.8 / 50 it is easiest to put on Canon EOS with EF (-s) mount, due to the insignificant difference in focal lengths. Adapters without focus confirmation chips on Canon are cheap.

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By ordering things from the links below, you help the project cover the costs of site maintenance and development. List of adapters, systems and bayonets (direct links for ordering)

When ordering, it should be borne in mind that cheap adapters of poor quality with a lens on bayonetf Nikon F spoil the picture significantly. Adapters without a lens reduce the maximum focusing range (due to the difference in focal lengths). Adapters with chips come across poor quality, exposure metering and focus confirmation on some Canon EOS models may suffer from this.

Alternatives Meyer-Optik Domiplan 50mm f2.8 m42

The main likely use of the Domiplan 50mm f2.8 is in chest portraits. On cropped cameras like Canon EOS 1100D, EOS 60D, EOS 650D, EOS 1300D, EOS 300D, EOS 600D, etc. with bayonetOhm EF-s and a crop factor of 1,6 will have an equivalent focal length 50x1.6 = 80mm. For video shooting with changing the depth of field "on the fly", as already mentioned in the article, it is not quite suitable without removing the aperture ring retainer.

The lenses below are a legacy of yesteryear that is still in use today.

Lenses "Helios"

Helios of various modifications have different optical characteristics and prices. The focal length is 58mm, which is slightly longer than Domiplane's and can be difficult to shoot in confined spaces. The background blur has a signature swirl.

Industar-61 L \ Z 50mm f / 2.8 m42

Sharp, clear. Virtually no aberration, razor sharp from open aperture. Due to the shape of the aperture blades in hips asterisks are obtained from glare. Cheap and common lens.

Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 50mm f / 2.8 T m42

Rare, true German quality from the 60s-80s. With a perfectly circular 13-blade diaphragm, sleek design.

Carl Zeiss Jena Pancolar 50mm f / 1.8 m42

It is a good choice for leisurely shooting portraits with shallow depth of field, as well as artistic background blur.

Zenitar-M 50mm f / 1.7

Not bad option lens for portraits with even background blur, good contrast and color. Light, maximum working diaphragm - f / 1.7.

Sample photos from Domiplan 50mm


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