Meyer-Optik Görlitz Lydith 30 3.5
Meyer-Optik Görlitz Lydith 30 3.5 lens review
The Meyer-Optik Görlitz Lydith 30 3.5 (branded as Pentacon 30mm 3.5 after 1971) is a great little lens with an unusual focal length of 30mm. Available at a very modest price, the Meyer-Optik Görlitz Lydith 30 3.5 is in my opinion highly undervalued. Especially photographers who enjoy lenses with wider angles or are using a camera with a cropped sensor, will love this small, compact and non intrusive lens.
Meyer-Optik Görlitz Lydith 30 3.5 Versions
The Meyer-Optik Görlitz Lydith 30 3.5 normally comes with a silver zebra finish. Most lenses either have a M42 / pentax mount or a EXA / Exakta mount. After 1971, Meyer-Optik lenses including the Lydith 30mm 3.5 were branded Pentacon (Pentacon 35mm 3.5).
- M42 / Pentax mount
- EXA / Exakta mount
- Weight: 180 gr
- Lens elements: 5 in 5 groups
- Minimum Focusing Distance: 33cm
- Filter Mount: E49
Meyer-Optik Görlitz Lydith 30 3.5 Recommendation
- good color rendition
- works great both on cropped and full frame cameras
- minimum focusing distance of only 33 cm
- light and compact lens
- decent ergonomics and build quality
- excellent value for money
The Meyer-Optik Görlitz Lydith 30 3.5 is a great little lens that offers superb value for money. The color rendition and image perspective of this lens are very good. You really obtain a sense of scale when you look at Lydith pictures. Architecture, landscape and street photographers will love the Lydith. It will also fit in any camera bag and will be a great travelling companion that will offer you an extra wide angle alternative when you need it. On top of that, the short focusing distance of 33cm even gives you “macro photography” capabilities.
I especially enjoyed using the lightweight and super compact Lydith on a camera with a cropped sensor. Compared to a “normal” 35mm, the 30mm of the Lydith give you a slight advantage.
- softness when shot wide open
- at f3.5, relatively slow lens
- average bookeh
The Meyer-Optik Görlitz Lydith 30 3.5 offers great value for money as it can be used for a wide range of situations. The main disadvantage is its’ slowness of f3.5 making it unsuitable for indoor / available light photography in some situations.
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