New: Meyer-Optik Gorlitz 50mm f/0,95 Nocturnus II full frame lens for Sony E mount

After several successful Kickstarter projects Meyer-Optik Gorlitz lenses are now listed at B&H with US pricing:

  • Meyer-Optik Gorlitz 2,9/50 Trioplan lens: $1,499.00
  • Meyer-Optik Gorlitz Primoplan 58mm f/1.9 lens: $1,599.00
  • Meyer-Optik Gorlitz Primoplan 75mm f/1.9 lens: $1,999.00
  • Meyer-Optik Gorlitz 2,8/100 Trioplan lens: $1,599.00
  • Meyer-Optik Gorlitz 2,8/100 Trioplan Limited Titan lens: $1,999.00

The above versions are available in Pentax, Canon, Nikon, Fuji X, Sony E, MFT, Leica M, M42 and Leica TL mounts.

In addition, there is also a new, not-yet-announced Meyer-Optik Gorlitz 0,95/50 Nocturnus II full frame lens for Sony E-mount priced at $2,999 (picture above). This lens is not yet officially announced on the company's website.

Meyer-Optik Gorlitz already has a Nocturnus 36mm f/0,95 lens for APS-C sensors.

Update: the lens is now officially announced, here are the technical specs:

  • Focal length: 50 mmLight intensityf0.95-f22Optical design10 elements in 7 groupsAperture Blades15 with special
  • Light intensity: f0.95-f22Optical design10 elements in 7 groupsAperture Blades15 with special
  • Optical design: 10 elements in 7 groupsAperture Blades15 with special
  • Aperture Blades: 15 with special anti reflex coatingMinimum focusing distance0,5 mFilter diameter67 mmAngle of view45°Weightca. 680g
  • Minimum focusing distance: 0,5 mFilter diameter67 mmAngle of view45°Weightca. 680g
  • Filter diameter: 67 mmAngle of view45°Weightca. 680g
  • Angle of view: 45°Weightca. 680g
  • Weight: ca. 680g

Via Leica Rumors

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  • FountainHead

    Their prices are insane.

    • David V. Kutaliya

      Are these lenses not very high quality? Why do they have to be cheap?

      • Hubertus Bigend

        The question is, how much better are they than their significantly cheaper Chinese (Mitakon) and Russian (Zenit, IIRC) twins. (Except for their Trioplan and Primoplan lenses which they’re supposedly manufacturing themselves.)

        • David V. Kutaliya

          You are not sure that the lenses are made in Germany? And where? Interesting…

          • Hubertus Bigend

            I believe the Trioplan and Primoplan lenses are at least partially assembled, finalized and quality-checked in Germany, with at least a portion of the parts, most notably the glass (by Schott), originating from Germany, too, but I’m still a bit sceptical because as far as I can see noone really knows where exactly the manufacturing plant is and how much assembly work is really left for them to be done there (i.e. how big a part of the production may already have been done elsewhere).

          • David V. Kutaliya

            Thank you. Interesting proposition …
            In April I was at photo exhibition in Moscow, where I had seen the prototype of Zenit 50mm f / 0.95. Honestly just a piece of metal and glass …

      • FountainHead

        re-housed E. Europen stuff?

        • Niko PetrHead

          Rather chinese – as for the 35/0.95 ‘nocturnus’ and the f/2 ‘figmentum’ lenses, it’s a rebadged Mitakon at 3 times the price.

          • Zos Xavius

            same formulas?

  • Curiousmonga

    is this another rebadged Mitakon lens?

    • Hubertus Bigend

      Perhaps not just rebadged, as it seems slightly modified on the exterior, but otherwise I’d indeed expect it to be identical to the Mitakon 50mm f/0.95 Pro for full-frame Sony E-Mount, sometimes labeled ‘Dark Knight’…

    • Niko PetrHead

      Seems very likely indeed. Price matches also, it is about 3 times more expensive than the Mitakon 50/0.95.
      It might be sign, as with the 35/0.95, that Mitakon was not fully pleased with the design at that we could wait for a newer version of the 50/0.95?

    • Thosh Meta

      It´s manufactured in Germany.

  • Geoff C. Bassett

    Prices are ridiculous. When your hitting Leica territory your out of luck, especially with great options from Voigtlander and others available for half the cost.

    • Indeed…

    • Duncan Dimanche

      The leica cost 10k… So 3k is an amazing price 😉
      So cheer up

      • TinusVerdino

        The Mitakon costs less than a 1000. Guess were Meyers lenses are made :p

        • Kyle Wolfe

          From the sounds of it, they’re investing a lot more in the production of this lens. It’s claiming to have “almost inconceivable chromatic aberration” which is a major problem with my Mitakon. Personally, I think if they are able to cut down the CA substantially, reduce flaring, improve contrast in backlit scenarios and improve sharpness wide open, I would totally sell my Mitakon and pick up one of these.

          • TinusVerdino

            You would have the same lens in a different suit costing a lot more,

  • Voigtländer/SLR Magic/ZY Optics/Zhongyi/Mitakon over this crap any day!

    This is going to turn into another Handevision Ibelux 40mm f/0.85 fiasco getting a bad rep for delevering underwhelming performance at a premium price. They will start to collect dust in warehouses at the places that dare list ’em on their website… before it’s time to cut their losses, clear inventory and have ’em go at a huge price cut.

    You might fool hipsters on Kickstarter with 700-ish dollar lenses. But when people have 2999 to spend… they’ll probably spend it differently. Such a joke.

    • David V. Kutaliya

      I still think that we should be optimistic!

      • Zos Xavius

        Its rather hard to be optimistic about blowing $3k on a poor quality lens to be honest.

      • One of the comments… ‘Well, today i received the ORIGINAL TRIOPLAN that is about 60 years old!
        And you know what ??? It is at least 10 times better than this new piece of junk made in 2016!’. Or another ‘Lure you in in with “German Quality” and ship garbage’. It goes on and on.

        The new Meyer Optik Görlitz doesn’t do right by its legendary past. It really is another Handevision selling overpriced underwhelming lenses. But hey, if people are subborn and want to throw away their money, that’s their call.

        • David V. Kutaliya

          I am disappointed… :(((
          Thanks for the info.

    • FountainHead

      Well said.
      This stuff is crap.

  • That’s one ugly lens.

  • Bo Dez

    lol that is hideous. Looks like Darth Vader raped R2-D2

  • johnny

    $399 is probably the maximum I’d pay for any Meyer XXX lens.

  • This lens doesn’t deserve to be put on top.
    It will never be top anything, so might’ve well have left the article un-kicked to be forgotten.

  • Neopulse

    Would like to see this compared to the Mitakon 50mm f/0.95 to see how it fairs.

  • FountainHead

    Expensive Hipster Crap!
    I’ll take two of each.

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