Meyer Oreston / Pentacon 50mm f/1.8-16.0

Lens categoryNormal
Vendor nameMeyer
Type nameOreston / Pentacon
Product year1965
Focal min (mm)50
Focal max (mm)50
Focus min (cm)33
Aperture max1.8
Aperture min16
Diaphragm blades6
Filter size (mm)49
Meyer Oreston / Pentacon 50mm f/1.8-16.0

The Oreston / Pentacon 50/1.8 is arguably the most successful Meyer offering. Being manufactured well into the late 80’s, and was first manufactured for the Exakta RTL-1000 in an auto mount, and later in M42, M42 Electric, and later in Praktica B mount. This lens enjoy several charismatic properety, notably it can focus right down to 0.33 m , good enough for most close up; lesser known is the fact that the lens is almost a perfect symmetrical design and was a very faithful to the original Zeiss double Gauss Planar design ( with thich cemented center groups ) making it a very usable lens for reverse mount and bellow work. In fact it was remarked by many experienced in this lens that it seems to perform excellency in the macro / close up range.

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