Discussion in 'Classic Models & Marques' started by steveandthedogs, Aug 23, 2017.
Does anyone know if these two are related?
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.
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.
Thank you, gentlemen.
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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