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    Posted: 02 January 2018 at 13:49
I am a fan of Meyer lenses (Meyer Optik Görlitz) and I have so many of them that I think it's a good idea to start A Year with Meyer.

So this thread is for photos made with Meyer lenses, photos of Meyer lenses and talk about things Meyer. It's not my plan to make it pic-a-day, that would be too much of a good thing; and I want it to be fun, not stress!

I decided to make it a thread in Themed Views because I know there are quite a few Meyer fans on Dyxum and I would like them to join me here, the more the merrier!

No rules, just fun, for the love of Meyer!

Happy shooting!

List of lenses used so far (page 34; in alphabetical order):

Diaplan 100/2.8 (p.13, 21
Diaplan 80/2.8 (p. 34,
Domigon 30/3.5 (p. 27
Domigor 135/4 )p. 27
Domiplan 30/3.5 (p.18, 27
Domiplan 50/2.8 (p.7,12,13,14,18
Helioplan 40/4.5 (p. 21, 31, 32, 34
Kino Plasmat 16/1.5 (p.8
Lydith 30/3.5 (p.18, 22, 26, 29
Meyer-Optik 28/2.8 (p.19
Orestegon 29/2.8 (p.7,14, 26, 27, 28, 29
Oreston 50/1.8 (p.2,5,6,7,8,14,15,18, 20, 22, 26, 29, 30, 31, 33
Orestor 100/2.8 (p.13, 22
Orestor 135/2.8 (p.6,17,18,19
Primagon 35/4.5 (p.12,13
Primoplan 25/1.5 (p.4
Primoplan 58/1.9 (p.1,2,5,7,9
Primotar 135/3.5 (p.15, 31
Primotar 180/3.5 (p.18
Telefogar 90/3.5 (p.10,12
Telemegor 150/5.5 (p.9,19
Trioplan 13/2.5 (p.13
Trioplan 25/2.5 (p. 23,
Trioplan 45/3.5 (p.14,19, 20
Trioplan 50/2.9 (p.1,2,5,6,11,18, 20, 28
Trioplan 100/2.8 (p.1, 9, 30
Weitwinkel Doppel Anastigmat 40/4.5 (p. 29

We stand at 27 lenses

Thanks Paul!

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 January 2018 at 13:59
Time for some pics!

Around Christmas I caught sight of a Geit/Ente/Flying Dustbin/Tin Snail/Dolly/Tortoise/Upside-down pram/(Lelijke) Eend/Citroën 2CV/Deux chevaux. It was in a sorry state so ideal for a photo shoot.

Yesterday I took the a7rii + Meyer Primoplan 58/1.9 and made these:

1 French abstracture


2 Condensation


3 French abstracture


4 Side mirror


all with a7rii + Meyer Primoplan 58/1.9 (1954; Exakta), wide open

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 January 2018 at 14:26
Hi Leo,

Numbers 2 (especially) and 3 are lovely images; the lens certainly has a 'something' about how it deals with even just out of focus areas and beyond that there's a dreamy quality that I really like.

I think your images may have made more of the subject matter than we would have thought possible!

Thanks for sharing these (and continuing to share the 'study' over the next 12 months!).

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 January 2018 at 14:34
Leo,

I have always loved the OOF effect created by these lenses when images have been posted here; these are no exception. I am interested in purchasing one.   Would you mind either pointing to a tutorial somewhere or provide us with a brief primer on what to look for and what kind of adapter to purchase. I am totally non-tech oriented so this may seem like very basic information but it would help me in starting the search.

Roger

P.S. Just did a quick search on eBay and used equipment with B&H and prices range from under a hundred to over a thousand U.S. dollars, thus, the need for a little guidance. For example, what lens(es) produced the above images and what should I expect to pay for a nice used one without any problems. Is this a vintage lens or newly produced, etc.? See, I know nothing!

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 January 2018 at 17:20
A great idea and start Leo! You have put the bar pretty high though . By no means I have a similar lens collection as you do, and also just started with Meyers a couple of months ago, but this will stimulate me to develop my skills further to handle these lenses. For sure I will be posting here some Meyer pics this year. It will be fun!
 



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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 January 2018 at 17:56
Originally posted by darosa darosa wrote:

the more the merrier!


"the more the meyer-ier!", surely.   

I don't have a Meyer lens. Maybe this is the excuse I need.
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    Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 January 2018 at 19:10
    wow... I absolutely love ALL of these images.

    Number 2, and number 4 I find especially enchanting.... but all are fantastic.

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    Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 January 2018 at 20:04
    Excellent series Leo, you always bring out the best in your lenses.

    I have to start somewhere, so a few bubblers from New Years Day.

    1: SPARTA

    Camera Model: ILCE-7RM2
    Lens: Meyer-Optik Görlitz Trioplan 1Q 1:2.8/100 V (1956, Exakta)
    Exposure Time: 0.017 sec (1/60)
    ISO: 160

    2: Railing

    Camera Model: ILCE-7RM2
    Lens: Meyer-Optik Görlitz Trioplan 1Q 1:2.8/100 V (1956, Exakta)
    Exposure Time: 0.017 sec (1/60)
    ISO: 200

    3: Railing

    Camera Model: ILCE-7RM2
    Lens: Meyer-Optik Görlitz Trioplan 1Q 1:2.8/100 V (1956, Exakta)
    Exposure Time: 0.017 sec (1/60)
    ISO: 200


    Edited by Snegren - 02 January 2018 at 20:27
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    Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 January 2018 at 23:03
    Thank you all for your comments and reactions! An excellent start of our Year with Meyer.

    Neil: that little 'something' is 'character' and Meyer lenses have plenty of it!

    Roger/Chris: the lens I used is a Meyer Primoplan 58/1.9. This is an old lens (1954 to be exact) that I bought on eBay some time ago. I never buy from sellers with a positive feedback of less than 99,5% and/or sellers with a feedbackscore of less than 50; and I always check their negative feedback. I always use PayPal because it offers buyers protection (and I had to use that a number of times).The glass should be clean, no fungus, no haze, no separation, no scratches; a little dust is ok, light cleaning marks are acceptable. Aperture and focus should work smoothly. Prices vary and if all thing are equal I choose the cheapest (price+shipping). A used Primoplan 58 is not very cheap, expect to pay some $200 for a good one. You can also buy them new nowadays. Modern versions of vintage lenses are popular, but I would stay away from this one: very expensive and not as beautiful as the old one; and there is plenty of choice on the used market. Most common mounts of this Primoplan are Exakta and M42. Adapters for these mounts are readily available on eBay. M42 can be adapted to both A- and E-mount. Exakta can be adapted to E-mount; for A-mount you would need an adapter with glass which is not advisable.
    If you are new to vintage lenses, it may be a good idea to start with something cheaper: my advise would be to pick up a Meyer Oreston 50/1.8 in M42 for $30 - $50. Lovely lens, with a minimal focus distance of 1 foot, which is ideal. (see my Flickr album https://www.flickr.com/photos/leo_roos/sets/72157676078039342/). Hope this helps! I would love to see your work with a Meyer in this thread Roger!

    Fred: I'm looking forward to your contributions, don't wait too long!

    Mike: What no Meyer? I expect you will soon have one.

    Mike: thank you!

    Paul: Thanks for your joining our Year with Meyer with the iconic Trioplan 100!
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    Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 January 2018 at 00:29
    Leo,

    Thank you for the extensive information - just what I needed to start searching. This lens will get me to do something I have been meaning to do more of - shoot wide open and look for details, something that is almost completely foreign to me (f16 is me!). Your #'s 1, 2 and 4 got my response - "I want to try and get images like that!" I absolutely love the look/feel.

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    Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 January 2018 at 11:58
    Originally posted by darosa darosa wrote:


    Fred: I'm looking forward to your contributions, don't wait too long!


    You are right Leo, we should keep this thread going!

    Let's start in the Meyer style.
    Trioplan 5cm/f2.9 shot with Trioplan 50mm/2.9 (Altix mount converted to M42 adapter on A99). Second one with 24mm tube.



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    Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 January 2018 at 12:22
    Originally posted by Fred_S Fred_S wrote:


    Let's start in the Meyer style.
    Trioplan 5cm/f2.9 shot with Trioplan 50mm/2.9


    That is pre-WW2 Fred! The T on the shutter is a big advantage because you can toggle the shutter open and shut. Are you going to take it off?


    Edited by Snegren - 03 January 2018 at 12:38
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    Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 January 2018 at 14:11
    Is the serial number 8822..? If so the year is 1938. I know all Meyer's sns by heart.

    If you want to know all there is to know about Meyer's serial numbers I can recommend Großes Fabrikationsbuch Meyer Optik by Hartmut Thiele.

    See here. I don't know it's still available.
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