Meyer-Optik Görlitz Primagon 35mm 4.5
The Meyer-Optik Görlitz Primagon 35mm 4.5 was manufactured in East Germany from 1952 to 1964 by Meyer-Optik Görlitz (who are more renowned for fast telephoto lenses than wide angle lenses). At f4.5 it is a relatively slow lens. Optically and ergonomically this lens is good and delivers clear tones and good sharpness.
Meyer-Optik Görlitz Primagon 35mm 4.5 Versions
There are two versions available. Early models have no exterior coating. Apparently the internal elements are coated. The newer lenses are branded with a V meaning that they are coated.
Meyer-Optik Görlitz Primagon 35mm 4.5 Recommendation
At f4.5 the Primagon is a very slow 35mm lens. You will need a reasonable amount of light to shoot with this lens. Forget about shooting indoors or on dark days with this lens. It is more of a sunny bright beautiful day lens. Obviously this is a disadvantage, especially if you compare the lens to its’main 35mm compatitors such as the Flektogon, the Skoparex and the Takumar 28mm wide angle lenses.
When shot at f4.5 (wide open) I did not think that the performance of the Primagon was outstanding. The results did look a bit soft (especially in the corners) unless you stop it down to f8. The Primagon is prone to flare so I would recommend getting the coated (V) version or at least a lens shade.
The Primagon is a relatively old lens and should be rated as such. If you want to shoot with this lens you need great lighting conditions, a steady hand or a tripod. Either way you will need patience. This lens will not be suitable to shoot moving subjects or with available light indoors. On the plus side it does perform well for its’ modest price. If you are willing to invest a bit more and wnat to have a faster 35mm prime lens I would recommend looking into the Carl Zeiss Flektogon lens.
- very compact
- solid metal construction
- vivid colours
- very cheap
- slow (f4.5)
- flare prone