Meyer-Optik-Goerlitz Primoplan 75mm f/1.9 Review

September 29, 2017 | Mark Goldstein | |

Introduction

The Meyer-Optik-Goerlitz Primoplan 75mm f/1.9 is a modern version of the the original Primoplan 58 / f1.9 lens, which was developed by Meyer-Optik Görlitz’s designer Paul Schäfter in 1935. This updated Primoplan optic is manufactured using high-end coated glass made by Schott and O’Hara, features an iris diaphragm of 14 steel blades for a near-circular aperture, has a minimum focuising distance of 75cm, and comes in 9 different mounts, including Canon, Fuji X, Nikon, M42, Micro Four Thirds, Sony E, Pentax K, Leica M and Leica TL. The Meyer-Optik-Goerlitz Primoplan 75mm f/1.9 lens costs €1,999.00.

Ease of Use

With a maximum diameter of 60mm and a length of 88mm, the Meyer-Optik-Goerlitz Primoplan 75mm f/1.9 is well-suited to Sony's full-frame mirrorless camera bodies. Weighing in at around 290g, it's a surprisingly light lens.

Meyer-Optik-Goerlitz Primoplan 75mm f/1.9The Meyer-Optik-Goerlitz Primoplan 75mm f/1.9 lens mounted on a Sony A7R II body

Meyer-Optik-Goerlitz Primoplan 75mm f/1.9The Meyer-Optik-Goerlitz Primoplan 75mm f/1.9 lens mounted on a Sony A7R II body

Meyer-Optik-Goerlitz Primoplan 75mm f/1.9The Meyer-Optik-Goerlitz Primoplan 75mm f/1.9 lens mounted on a Sony A7R II body

Meyer-Optik-Goerlitz Primoplan 75mm f/1.9The Meyer-Optik-Goerlitz Primoplan 75mm f/1.9 lens mounted alongside a Sony A7R II body

The Meyer-Optik-Goerlitz Primoplan 75mm f/1.9 boasts superb build quality. The lens has an all-aluminium casing and it features a metal bayonet. With no need for a zoom ring, the manual focusing ring spans a significant width of the lens barrel and is exceptionally smooth to operate, complete with a useful depth of field scale.

Meyer-Optik-Goerlitz Primoplan 75mm f/1.9Side of the Meyer-Optik-Goerlitz Primoplan 75mm f/1.9 lens

Meyer-Optik-Goerlitz Primoplan 75mm f/1.9Front of the Meyer-Optik-Goerlitz Primoplan 75mm f/1.9 lens

Meyer-Optik-Goerlitz Primoplan 75mm f/1.9Rear of the Meyer-Optik-Goerlitz Primoplan 75mm f/1.9 lens

At the end of the lens is the aperture ring, with the aperture ranging from f/1.9 to f/16. Note that this ring rotates smoothly throughout the range, with no actual hard stops (except at f/1.9 and f/16), which is perhaps better suited to movie recording than shooting stills.

Meyer-Optik-Goerlitz Primoplan 75mm f/1.9Side of the Meyer-Optik-Goerlitz Primoplan 75mm f/1.9 lens

Meyer-Optik-Goerlitz Primoplan 75mm f/1.9Side of the Meyer-Optik-Goerlitz Primoplan 75mm f/1.9 lens

The Meyer-Optik-Goerlitz Primoplan 75mm f/1.9 is a relatively simple lens with 5 elements in 4 groups. A 14-bladed rounded diaphragm, combined with the fast maximum aperture, helps provide incredibly smooth bokeh blur. There’s no optical image stabilisation, but the Meyer-Optik-Goerlitz Primoplan 75mm f/1.9's short telephoto focal length and fast maximum aperture largely alleviate the need for it.

Meyer-Optik-Goerlitz Primoplan 75mm f/1.9The Meyer-Optik-Goerlitz Primoplan 75mm f/1.9 lens in-hand

Meyer-Optik-Goerlitz Primoplan 75mm f/1.9The Meyer-Optik-Goerlitz Primoplan 75mm f/1.9 lens with the supplied lens hood fitted

A small round metal lens cap and a circular lens hood that screws into the front of the lens are supplied in the box. The filter diameter is 52mm.

Focal Range

The diagonal angle of view is 32.2°, i.e. the same as that of a 75mm lens in a 35mm full-frame system.

Meyer-Optik-Goerlitz Primoplan 75mm f/1.9Field of view at 50mm

Manual Focusing

The Meyer-Optik-Goerlitz Primoplan 75mm f/1.9's manual focusing ring is positioned at the end of the lens barrel and is exceptionally smooth to operate, complete with a useful depth of field scale. It also has a large rotation angle which enables precise focusing and moves smoothly without any play. The precise engravings in meters and feet help make manual focusing a veritable pleasure, especially in conjunction with the excellent Peaking feature offered by the Sony A-series cameras.

Chromatic Aberrations

Lateral chromatic aberrations, typically seen as blue or purple fringes along contrasty edges, are well controlled with the Meyer-Optik-Goerlitz Primoplan 75mm f/1.9 lens. The crops below give you an idea of what you should expect in a worst-case scenario.

Meyer-Optik-Goerlitz Primoplan 75mm f/1.9 Meyer-Optik-Goerlitz Primoplan 75mm f/1.9

Light Fall-off

Wide open at f/1.9, there's some noticeable light fall-off in the corners, but this clears up quickly upon stopping down.

Meyer-Optik-Goerlitz Primoplan 75mm f/1.9Vignetting at 75mm

Macro

With a close-focus point of 0.75m, the Meyer-Optik-Goerlitz Primoplan 75mm f/1.9 isn't really a macro lens. The photo below shows how close you can get to your subject.

Meyer-Optik-Goerlitz Primoplan 75mm f/1.9Close-up performance

Bokeh

Bokeh is a word used for the out-of-focus areas of a photograph, and is usually described in qualitative terms, such as smooth / creamy / harsh etc. The Meyer-Optik-Goerlitz Primoplan 75mm f/1.9 lens has an iris diaphragm with no less than 14 circular aperture blades, which has resulted in outstanding bokeh, as you can see in the crops below.

Meyer-Optik-Goerlitz Primoplan 75mm f/1.9 Meyer-Optik-Goerlitz Primoplan 75mm f/1.9
   
Meyer-Optik-Goerlitz Primoplan 75mm f/1.9 Meyer-Optik-Goerlitz Primoplan 75mm f/1.9

Sharpness

In order to show you how sharp this lens is, we are providing 100% crops on the following page.