Meyer-Optik-Goerlitz Primoplan 58mm f/1.9 Review

September 28, 2017 | Mark Goldstein |

Conclusion

Housed in the same body as the Trioplan 50mm f/2.9 that we reviewed a few days ago, the new Meyer-Optik-Goerlitz Primoplan 58mm f/1.9 lens is equally capable of producing some wonderful bokeh effects when used in the right shooting conditions, while also proving to be a sharp nifty-fifty lens when stopped-down. We also liked the slightly longer 58mm focal length and faster maximum aperture, although this lens doesn't have the same macro capabilities as the Trioplan optic, which can focus as close as 25cm, versus 60cm on the Primoplan 58mm.

Build quality is once again outstanding, although we did miss having hard stops on the aperture ring, and curiously there's no marking for f/16 on the lens barrel either. It remains a specialist tool, however, that needs to be used in the right shooting conditions, both from a subject, distance and lighting point of view, even coming with a quick 4-step guide which you'll need to refer to to get up and running. 

Priced at €1599, the Primoplan 58mm f/1.9 is even more expensive than the Trioplan 50mm f/2.9, but if you can't source an original 1960's Primoplan, then this modern version is certainly worth considering. 

4 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4.5
Features 4
Ease-of-use 3.5
Image quality 4.5
Value for money 3