Meyer Optik Görlitz website relaunched under new ownership, admits that previous products were converted Russian and/or Chinese lenses


Today Meyer Optik Görlitz relaunched their website. In the press release, the new owners admitted that some of the lenses sold under the Meyer Optic Görlitz brand (Somnium and Nocturnus) were actually converted Russian and/or Chinese lenses and not "Made in Germany" as advertised:

"In the course of the analysis of the last available portfolio announced by the previous provider, it was decided to discontinue the model series Somnium and Nocturnus for the time being. As already discussed in the past in various online media, forums, etc., the current Meyer Optik employees realized very quickly that inside the Somnium it was a converted, Russian lens and the Nocturnus was a converted, Chinese lens has acted."


Last year Meyer Optic Görlitz filed for bankruptcy and the brand was sold - see all previous coverage here.

Here is the full press release:

Successful start of the year for Meyer Optik Görlitz

  • Successful start of the year for Meyer Optik Görlitz
  • Analysis of the previous portfolio completed
  • Further and new developments in planning
  • Collaboration with partners in Germany ensured
  • Relaunch of the new internet presence
  • Sale of lenses from inventory transfer

Bad Kreuznach - February 27, 2019 - After taking over OPC Optics, Meyer Optik shows first public signs of life with a completely new internet presence. Since the press release on the takeover in mid-December 2018, a bit of time has already been spent, but the time has since been used extensively to analyze the existing, to work out optimizations and to carefully plan and implement the next steps.

"After all the information on the portfolio, the technical designs, etc. were handed over to us, we realized relatively quickly that we have to invest considerable effort to build a professional infrastructure. Through my many years of experience in the optics industry and the various stations in large companies in this environment, Meyer Optik now benefits from the experience gained, "explains Timo Heinze, Managing Director of OPC Optics. "One can say that we have been shocked by the previous structures and processes in one place or another. It simply needs a variety of systems to establish a professional manufacturing. Seamless documentation and control, be it in development, in external and internal communication or, for example, in production planning, is the be-all and end-all. "

Future lens offer has been streamlined

In the course of the analysis of the last available portfolio announced by the previous provider, it was decided to discontinue the model series Somnium and Nocturnus for the time being. As already discussed in the past in various online media, forums, etc., the current Meyer Optik employees realized very quickly that inside the Somnium it was a converted, Russian lens and the Nocturnus was a converted, Chinese lens has acted.

"This is an absolute no-go. As a German manufacturer, who works with the seal of quality "Made in Germany", this is an absolute indictment. These lenses may be quite good on their own, but they contradict the way we produce and market all our principles, "Heinze clarifies. "Something like that will not happen to us in any way. At the same time, however, we do not exclude that in the future we will publish lenses with a similar character. If we decide to do so, it would of course be about our own developments and our own productions that actually deserve a "Made in Germany" act. "

Planned further and new developments

Currently, Meyer Optik places considerable emphasis on the further development and optimization of existing products and the development of new product ranges. Thus, some of the recently available lenses will undergo minor tweaks and other models will undergo radical tweaks.

"We conducted intensive discussions with our partners and photographers on each individual objective and compiled previous customer feedback in order to carry out a comprehensive and meaningful as-is analysis. Starting with the optical design, through the mechanics, the assembly, up to the most important link in the chain - the photographers, we have gained valuable insights from all areas, which are now incorporated into the further development. In addition, we have identified a number of possibilities for optimizing the lenses used so far. We expect from the new editions an improved imaging performance, a higher mechanical quality and a more pleasant feel or user-friendliness.

Currently, it is expected that the first new editions of previous lenses, such as the Trioplan 100, from the summer of 2019 can be presented. The details of the simultaneously driven new developments are expected to be presented to the public in the second half of 2019.

Long-term cooperation with partner companies from Germany

At the beginning of the year, successful discussions were held with German companies in the fields of optics & mechanics design and precision mechanics and long-term cooperation was decided. With this step, OPC Optics draws on many years of experience in the fields of design and mechanical production and thus completes its own know-how all around the subject of high-precision glass lenses. In this way, the course could be set for high quality and completely made in Germany products from Meyer Optik.

New internet presence available now

From now on, all interested parties can access the new website at www.meyer-optik-goerlitz.com. In the future, customers will be able to purchase Meyer lenses via the website. In addition, extensive information on Meyer history and the current manufactory are available. Other topics such as philosophy will follow soon. Soon the website will also be implemented in English. In addition to news and useful information about photography, there will be opportunities to interact with prospects and customers. Among other things, it allows visitors to express their wishes for the portfolio.

Stocks from the brand takeover are sold off

In the context of the takeover, OPC Optics has acquired the finished goods warehouse of the previous manufacturer. These lenses have been tested by OPC and will be sold and sold at reduced discounted prices as long as stocks last. Naturally, OPC Optics assumes the warranty and warranty of 2 years from the date of purchase. A post-production of these lens designs or their components is not considered in the course of further developments.

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