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Lydith 30mm 3.5/Pentacon 30mm 3.5

Discussion in 'Classic Models & Marques' started by steveandthedogs, Aug 23, 2017.

  1. steveandthedogs

    steveandthedogs Well-Known Member

    Does anyone know if these two are related?

  2. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member

    Almost certainly. The Lydith was one of the Meyer Optik "budget" range for the Prakticas and Exaktas. Most of the lenses carried on into the Pentacon range seem to have come from that factory rather than the East German Zeiss plant that produced Tessars and Pancolars. The Meyer Optik lenses I've used were competent performers.
  3. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    Yeah, they're the same lens. As Andrew says, most Pentacon-branded lenses were Meyers, even the bayonet ones branded Prakticar; exceptions include the 200mm f3.3 which was a Sigma design, and the 50mm f2.4 lens which I believe was actually Romanian. Further, the bayonet 50mm f1.8 lenses sold as CZJ lenses were also Meyers.
  4. steveandthedogs

    steveandthedogs Well-Known Member

    Thank you, gentlemen.

  5. David Traynor

    David Traynor Member

    If I remember correctly, Ivor Matanle gave a very positive review of the 30mm Lydith image quality either in AP or one of his books.
    As a result I bought one (very cheaply) and must totally agree (though haven't used it for years).

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