Meyer-Optik Görlitz Oreston 1.8 50
The Meyer-Optik Görlitz Oreston 1.8 50 is a good vintage 50mm prime lens that offers a distinct look, a solid all metal construction at a very modest price. It ranges between its succesor the Pentacon 50mm 1.8 and the more expensive Carl Zeiss Jena Pancolar 1.8 50 in terms of pricing. The Meyer-Optik Görlitz Oreston 1.8 50is very good at rendering warm colours and creates a distinctive vintage look. The Meyer-Optik Görlitz Oreston 1.8 50 also delivers a pretty distinctive bookeh but does lack a bit of sharpness when shot wide open at f1.8.
Meyer-Optik Görlitz Oreston 1.8 50 Versions
The Meyer-Optik Görlitz Oreston 1.8 50 was manufactured in M42 and EXA/Exakta mount. Earlier models versions have the typical zebra look (black and silver stripes) while later models have an all black finish.
- Mounts available:
- M42 / Pentax Mount
- EXA / Exakta mount
- Made in east Germany
- minimum focusing distance: 33cm
- Lens elements: 6
- Multi Coating: No
- Weight: 236gr
Meyer-Optik Görlitz Oreston 1.8 50 Recommendation
The Meyer-Optik Görlitz Oreston 1.8 50 is certainly one of the most affordable 50mm prime lenses around. It is well made and feels solid. As most other Meyer-Optik Görlitz lenses, it creates a distinct look and feel. The colours, the bookeh and the slight softness give it a definite vintage look. If this is what you are after, don’t look any further. You will not get any better value for money in the 50mm range than the Meyer-Optik Görlitz Oreston 1.8 50. Its’ minimum focusing distance of 33 cm also comes in handy for portraire and close up shots and portraits. Once stopped down this 50mm prime is also a nice outdoor, general purpose lens.
- value for money
- unique colour rendering and vintage look
- close focusing range of 33cm
- interesting bookeh
Unfortunately, The Meyer-Optik Görlitz Oreston 1.8 50 is pretty soft when shot at f1.8. Once stopped down, the results are getting better but if you want tac sharp results combined with a beautiful melting bookeh I would rather recommend the Carl Zeiss Jena Pancolar 1.8 50mm or the much more expensive Carl Zeiss Ultron 1.8 50mm. Another disadvantage of the Meyer-Optik Görlitz Oreston 1.8 50 is the lack of lens coating. Therefore the lens does tend to be prone to lens flares.
- soft, especially in the corners
- flare prone
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