Reports State Meyer Optik Parent Company Is Apparently Bankrupt

Read this especially if you backed lenses from brands under Net SE via Kickstarter and have yet to receive them.

The Internet is now abuzz with reports that Net SE, the German company behind brands Meyer Optik Görlitz, C.P. Goerz, and Oprema Jena, as well as several Kickstarter campaigns, is now officially bankrupt. We first spotted this report over at Mirrorless Rumors, which had German website Photoscala as its source. Given this major development, the chances of backers receiving their pre-ordered lenses, or at least their money back from Net SE – who’s also behind Emil Busch A.-G. Rathenau, Ihagee Elbaflex, and SCHACHT – now looks very, very slim.

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Oprema Jena’s 58mm F2 Biotar Lens Will Have 17 Aperture Blades

We posted recently about the rumored and then confirmed revival of the legendary 58mm Biotar lens by Oprema Jena – a company founded by the same people behind Myer Optik. The company has set out to revive old legendary lenses, much in the same way their sister company Myer Optik has, and their second lens is the Biotar 58mm F2, for which they just launched their Indiegogo Campaign.

Among the interesting information gleaned from the Indiegogo campaign page is the revelation that the 58mm F2 Biotar will have an astounding 17 aperture blades. This is a huge number compared to most modern lenses, and will ensure an almost perfectly circular aperture opening throughout the aperture range. This will supposedly result in a cleaner, creamier, less distracting bokeh – something that portrait photographers will no doubt like the idea of.

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Oprema Jena Adds the 58mm f2 Biotar as a Bundle Option With the 75mm f1.8

Oprema Optik announced earlier on that they’re planning on bringing back the legendary 75mm f1.8 Jena Biotar lens; but now they’ve got news of adding the 58mm f2 Biotar to the lineup. In an update, the company is announcing pre-production 58mm f2 Biotar lenses that will be added as a bundle option. The 58mm is also quite legendary and some versions had 13 aperture blades while others even had 17. This focal length has also been coming back into style in the past few years as many not-quite-50mm lenses are seeing a rise due to being better for portraiture but still not as long as an 85mm lens.

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Legendary Biotar 75 F1.5 Lens Officially In Development By Oprema Jena

A while back we mentioned reports indicating that Myer Optik or Zeiss could be looking into relaunching the famed Biotar lens lineup, specifically the legendary 75mm F1.5. Now those reports have been officially addressed by a company called Oprema Jena, a sister company to Myer Optik, in an email both confirming the reports about the development of the lens and explaining those involved in the project. Continue reading…