Meyer Optik Görlitz will soon release the new Biotar 58 f/1.5 II and Biotar 75 f/1.5 II lenses for Leica M and L mounts. The Biotar II lenses were originally expected last year.

Biotar 58 f/1.5 II

Released in the mid-1930s, the original Biotar 2/58 sold for approximately 25 years, making it the longest selling Biotar lens in the series to date. The new version of the hugely popular all-purpose lens has updated not only the design, but also the performance.

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With the new Biotar 58 f1.5 II, a classic has been revived and improved. Intensive development work has kept the image, bokeh and other much-loved features of the original Biotar 58 f2.0, while increasing aperture to f1.5. Thus, both new versions of Biotar, Biotar 75 II and Biotar 58 II, have an aperture of f1.5.

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Rotating highlights in the background are a hallmark of Biotar. The new Biotar 58 f1.5 II also draws highlights in the out-of-focus plane in the form of flattened light balls. At the same time, it will enhance any portrait with excellent color reproduction, beautiful sharpening gradients and natural image geometry.

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Biotar 58 f1.5 II, like Biotar 75 f1.5 II, can draw swirling, dreamy or soft bokeh (sometimes all at once). Similarly, it can create a butterfly-shaped bokeh gradient. Unlike some modern lenses designed to capture reality 1:1, these biotars can capture the mood, emotion and magic of special moments. Even wide open, the Biotar 58 f1.5 II delivers a very high level of sharpness across the entire image, and with a more "normal" viewing angle compared to the Biotar 75 f1.5 II, it can be used in almost any scene. The Biotar 58 f1.5 II reveals many creative possibilities that can be combined to create unique compositions.

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Specifications Meyer Optics Görlitz Biotar 58 f/1.5 II

  • Delivery time: Currently in production
  • Focal length and aperture: 58 mm / f1,5 - f16
  • Image circle diameter: 44mm
  • Viewing angle: 41 °
  • Aperture blades: 14
  • Filter Diameter: 52 mm
  • Minimum object distance: 0,7 m
  • Housing: aluminum / clear anodized
  • Electronics: no (LiveView required)
  • Mounts available: Canon EF, Canon RF, Fujifilm X, Leica L, Leica M, M42, Micro Four Thirds, Nikon F, Nikon Z, Pentax K, Sony E/FE.
  • Price: 999 Euro

Biotar 75 f/1.5 II

In the 1930s, the ingenious designer Willy Merte developed the original Biotar 75 f1.5 lens. In a short time, the lens gained a reputation and achieved great success. However, due to World War II and high production costs for the time, the popular Biotar 75 was discontinued pretty soon. Its great popularity and at the same time a small number of well-preserved specimens make the Biotar 75 an extremely rare lens.

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Preserving the historical imaging capabilities of the original Biotar 75 while optimizing the lens using state-of-the-art technology was the main goal in redesigning the Biotar 75 f1.5 II. Thus, after intensive analysis and development, as well as several prototype tests, using the best optical glass, a special anti-reflective coating and precision-manufactured mechanical components, the optics breathed new life into the circuit. Despite modern technology, it is still a double Gauss lens with 6 lenses in 4 groups.

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High image sharpness in the center combined with unusual bokeh - a typical Biotar 75 f1.5 II image. In swirl bokeh, highlights in the background are rendered in a circular shape and look like they've been sucked into a swirl. The overall image appears somewhat delicate, which can create excellent contrast in available lighting conditions with crisp shadows and highlights in the background.

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At the minimum aperture (from f2.0) the Biotar 75 f1.5 II provides more contrast between shots, and between f/5.6 and f/8 the Biotar 75 f1.5 II achieves maximum sharpness. At the same time, many relatively "young" lenses look very old, giving a boring picture. The color reproduction of the lens is very harmonious and balanced. For example, due to the almost apochromatic design, there are no lateral chromatic aberrations. Many photographers are excited about the Biotar 75 f1.5 II and its capabilities, which are not only great for portraits, but also perfect for landscape and nature photography. Likewise, with the Biotar 75 f1.5 II, you can take many beautiful shots of various genres.

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The Biotar 75 was considered the fastest portrait lens of its day, and not many fast lenses were produced over the years. Due to its rather high price at the time, the lens was produced in relatively small quantities and, accordingly, lenses are rare today. The new Biotar 75 f1.5 II offers the legendary features of the original and has even been upgraded to state-of-the-art sharpness and contrast.

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Features

  • Delivery time: Currently in production
  • Focal length and aperture: 75 mm / f1,5 - f16
  • Image circle diameter: 60mm
  • Viewing angle: 32 °
  • Aperture Blades: 15
  • Filter Diameter: 62 mm
  • Minimum object distance: 0,75 m
  • Housing: aluminum / clear anodized
  • Electronics: no (LiveView required)
  • Mounts available: Canon EF, Canon RF, Fujifilm X, Leica L, Leica M, M42, Micro Four Thirds, Nikon F, Nikon Z, Pentax K, Sony E/FE.
  • Price: 999 Euro


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