Meyer-Optik, a German optical company that flourished in the post-war 50s and 60s, started out as a small office in a building with several camera manufacturers (in Görlitz).
The founder of the company, Hugo Meyer, died in 1905, and his business continued as a widow and children. In 1900, the company received a patent for the Meyer Aristostigmat lens.In 1908, its scheme was improved, and several varieties were also released. lens. Since 1918, the company has been producing lenses for film projectors. In 1920, a collaboration began with Paul Rudolph from Zeiss, which brought a patent for the Plasmat circuit.
At that time, it was the lightest lens in the world. In the economically difficult year of 1923, a new factory was opened and a course was set to develop quality solutions for the photo industry. In 1930, a line of quality lenses saw the light of day, which were cheaper than those of Carl Zeiss, but were practically not inferior in quality.
The range of focal lengths covered from 40mm wide-angle double anastigmata to 250mm telemegor. In 1936 the name changed to Optische und Feinmechanische Werke Hugo Meyer & Co. During the war, the company was engaged in the production of components for optical sights. After the war, the company's equipment was confiscated by the Soviet Union, and the plant itself was nationalized.
In 1950, the plant began to produce products again. At that time, lenses for Welta, Balda, Beier, Altissa cameras began to be produced. More and more orders were received for the production of optics for cameras Praktica, Exacta, Contax, Warex. Prior to entering the Pentacon group, the highest quality lenses were marked with an engraved “V”.
In 1968, the company became part of the Pentacon group, and launched lenses with the corresponding name on the market. Since 1971, Meyer-Optik engraving on lenses has almost disappeared. Lenses such as Orestor 100mm \ 2,8, Orestor 135mm \ 2.8 and Meyer-Optik Görlitz Trioplan 50 mm \ 2.9, Trioplan 100mm \ 2.8, nicknamed monsters are popular with collectors and photographers. hips, for their drawing.
Perhaps because diaphragm у lens Domiplan consists of only 6 petals, and light sources in the blur zone at covered aperture values \uXNUMXb\uXNUMXbgive "nut-like" effects, this is the most common lens Meyer-Optik has few good reviews, despite the good quality of the optics.
The decline of the plant began until 1989 - its products could no longer compete with Carl Zeiss, as the equipment was considered obsolete, and the countries of the Eastern bloc simply did not have new equipment of the highest precision. By June 30, 1991, the plant was closed and privatized by Treuhandanstalt. The premises are currently owned by Carl Zeiss AG.
Meyer-Optik products were manufactured under the names:
- Diaplan (projection lens)
- Double plasmat
- Euryplan Satz
- Kinon Superior (projection lens)
- Kino-Plasmat and Kinoplasmat
- Omin (projection lens)
- Plasmat Satz
- Portrait Trioplan
- Repro Plasmat
- Satz Plasmat and Satz plasma
- Telemegor and Telemegor
Lenses labeled as Domiplan, Oreston, Orestegon, Orestor, Orestegor, Lydith continued to be produced by the company, already part of Pentacon. All lenses, with the exception of Domiplan after the merger, were produced under the brand name Pentacon.
- Meyer Görlitz Trioplan 2,9 / 50 mm
- Meyer-Optik Görlitz Domiplan 2.8 / 50
- Meyer Görlitz Primoplan 1,9 / 58
- Meyer Optik Görlitz Primoplan 1.9 / 75 II
- Meyer Görlitz Telefogar 3.5 / 90
- Meyer Görlitz Trioplan 2.8 / 100
- Meyer Görlitz Makro Plasmat 2.7 / 105 mm
- Meyer-Optik M42 Goerlitz Orestor 3.5 / 135
- Meyer Görlitz Telemegor 5.5 / 400mm
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