The Meyer Optik APO-Makro Plasmat 105mm f2.7 Has 15 Aperture Blades

Meyer Optik is set to launch a Kickstarter campaign to resurrect another vintage lens

Vintage lens fans, here’s a reason to keep an eye out on Kickstarter in the coming weeks. Meyer Optik Goerlitz has announced that it will soon be launching on the crowdfunding platform a remake of the famed Plasmat 105 lens designed by Paul Rudolph. The new APO-Makro Plasmat 105mm f2.7 lens will be available in several mounts, including Fuji G, Fuji X, Hasselblad X1D, and Leica-M.

Meyer Optik boasts of the Plasmat lenses, especially the Makro Plasmat for 35mm film, as some of their most popular lenses. The term “Makro”, however, is a misnomer and does not at all point to macro or close-up photography. According to the information shared on Photo Rumors, it simply meant the lens was designed for 35mm film. The new APO-Makro Plasmat 105mm f2.7 will be based on the original design documentation by Paul Rudolph, but the company also plans to reinvent it using top class glass from Schott.

Here are the technical specifications:

  • Focal length: 105mm
  • Aperture: f2.7-f22
  • Mounts: Fuji G , Hasselblad X1D, Canon, Fuji X, Leica M, Nikon, Sony E
  • Angle of view: 12,5°, (22° medium format)
  • Minimum focusing distance: 1,1m Filter diameter: 52mm
  • Optical design: 6 Elemente in 5 Baugruppen
  • Aperture blades: 52mm, 15, steel, special anti reflex coating
  • Weight: ~ 350g
  • Rangefinder Coupling: not supported

Sample image taken using an APO-Makro-Plasmat 105 f2.7 prototype

The new APO-Makro Plasmat 105mm f2.7 is set at $2,999 and scheduled for release/shipping by May 1, 2019. Discounts may be available for the first orders. You might also sign-up for Meyer Optik’s mailing list if you want to be among the first to get news of the upcoming Kickstarter campaign.

If you’re curious about this remake, Meyer Optik also has a short interview with Dr. Stefan Immes about the unique design of the historic Plasmat lenses.

Images via Meyer Optik Goerlitz