Review of Meyer-Optik Görlitz Oreston 1.8 / 50

Many thanks to Evgeny Petruchok for the opportunity to review the Meyer-Optik Görlitz Oreston 1.8 / 50 lens, who sent I have a lens from another area.

Meyer-Optik Görlitz Oreston 1.8 / 50

Meyer-Optik Görlitz Oreston 1.8 / 50

Oreston 1.8 / 50 is a good fast fifty. The lens has an M42 thread and a blinking aperture device. The lens has a diaphragm repeater device, and the diaphragm itself has only 6 blades.

Enlightenment of the lens and the appearance of the aperture

Enlightenment of the lens and the appearance of the aperture

There are Oreston 1.8 / 50 lenses in several body frame options. Zebra frames (minimum f / 22) and black frames (minimum f / 16) are commonly found, as in this review.

Lens view on a modern camera

Lens view on a modern camera

Focusing is a plan, the focus ring rotates almost 360 degrees. This lens boasts a small minimum focusing distance of just 33cm. When focusing, the front lens does not rotate, and the trunk of the lens lengthens slightly. The depth of field and focusing distances are present.

Bokeh lens

Bokeh lens

The lens is very similar to many other fifty dollars. The weight is small, about 200 g, the diameter of the old-style front filter is 49 mm. The lenses have a pronounced lilac coating.

Small MDF lens and huge aperture give a very small DOF

Small MDF lens and huge aperture give a very small DOF

Sample Photos

The lens has an interesting bokeh pattern. Due to the small focusing distance, you can take pictures of all sorts of insects. The image quality is not bad, something special except bokeh does not shine. All photos without processing.

How to use with modern cameras?

Lenses with mounting thread M42 (M42 X 1 / 45.5), such as the lens from this review, are very easy to use on almost any modern digital camera (both SLR and mirrorless), for this it is enough to choose the right adapter (adapter). You do not need to carry out any additional steps to modify the lens.

The cheapest adapters can be found There are adapters (adapters) with a chip that provide more convenience during shooting, usually chips are used to confirm focus and / or metering exposure, and form the correct EXIF. The chip does not affect the image quality in any way.

For some SLR cameras (for example, Nikon F) it is necessary to use adapters with a corrective lens, which allows correct focusing at all focusing distances. For any mirrorless camera, such a lens is not needed, and the adapter is a simple decorated hollow metal tube with an appropriate mount.

For SLR cameras

  1. Canon: For cameras Canon EOS with bayonet mount EF / EF-S need an M42-Canon EOS adapter, such an adapter with a chip can be found herewithout chip here.
  2. NIKON: For cameras Nikon DX / FXas well as for cameras Fujifilm и Kodak with a Nikon F mount, you need an M42-Nikon F adapter, you can buy such an adapter without a lens and a chip here, with a lens without a chip herewith chip without lens here, with lens and chip here. Why a lens? Why chip?
  3. PENTAX: For cameras Pentax with mount K you need an adapter M42-Pentax K, you can buy such an adapter here.
  4. SONY/MINOLTA: For cameras with a Sony / Minolta A mount, you need the M42-Sony A adapter, you can find such an adapter without a chip at this linkwith a chip at this link.
  5. OLYMPUS / PANASONIC / LEICA: For cameras with a 4/3 bayonet mount (not to be confused with Micro 4/3!) You need an M42-4 / 3 adapter, you can buy such an adapter here.

For mirrorless cameras

  1. SONY: For cameras with an 'E' series mount SonyNEX и Sony Alpha you need an adapter M42-Sony E (aka M42-Sony Nex), you can find it at this link. An autofocus adapter is also available for these cameras. Techart PRO Leica M - Sony E Autofocus Adapterwhich can be found at this link.
  2. OLYMPUS / PANASONIC / KODAK /  XIAOMI: For cameras with a Micro 4/3 bayonet mount (Micro 4: 3), you need the M42-Micro 4/3 adapter, you can find it at this link.
  3. CANON M: For cameras with a bayonet mount Canon EF-M need adapter M42-Canon M, it can be found at this link.
  4. CANON R and RF-S: For cameras with a bayonet mount Canon r need adapter M42-Canon R, it can be found at this link.
  5. Nikon 1: For cameras Nikon 1 Series need adapter M42-Nikon 1, you can find it at this link.
  6. Nikon Z: For series cameras Nikon Z need adapter M42-Nikon Z, it can be found at this link.
  7. FUJIFILM X: For cameras with mount X need an M42-Fuji X adapter, you can find it at this link.
  8. FUJIFILM GFX: For medium format cameras G-mount need M42-Fuji GFX adapter, you can find it at this link.
  9. SAMSUNG: For cameras with NX mount need adapter M42-Samsung NX, you can find it at this link. For the camera Nx mini adapters do not exist yet.
  10. PENTAX: For cameras with Q mount need an adapter M42-Pentax Q, you can find it at this link.
  11. SIGMA / PANASONIC / LEICA: For cameras with L mount, you need the M42-Leica L adapter, you can find it at this link.
  12. LEICA: For cameras with a Leica M mount need adapter M42-L / M, you can find it at this link.

If you have any questions on compatibility and adapters - ask in the comments (comments do not require any registration at all).

I was pleased to shoot and work with the Meyer-Optik Görlitz Oreston 1.8 / 50, the photos in the print version of the large format from this lens somehow stand out unusually in my home album.

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Meyer-Optik Görlitz Oreston 1.8 / 50 is another fifty dollars with manual focusing, interesting for a small MDF and good bokeh. Applications in aperture fifty whole darkness.

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Comments: 78, on the topic: Review Meyer-Optik Görlitz Oreston 1.8 / 50

  • Dmitriy

    I bought myself this aaparat. I am very satisfied, especially with the bites ...
    One drawback is the lack of experience with manual focus. You can take off the children of small figs while you are looking for them - they have already run away ...

    • anonym

      I’m not a fan of a grainy tank, but the color here and the sharpness throughout the frame are awesome lenses should be taken without even thinking about the chic lens

  • Chekhov

    I can show my examples from this glass

  • Sergei

    An interesting lens. I liked it more than Helios.
    Not quite indicative comparison:
    1.8 bokeh

  • Vyacheslav

    Not quite on the topic, but I have a lens of this company, Orestegor 4/200, here it is on my Canon 1100d, it shoots well, the sharpness is good.

  • Vladimir

    I wanted Carl Zeiss Jena Pancolar 1.8 / 50 (m42, but came across a review that the Meyer-Optik Görlitz Oreston 1.8 / 50 is better. I'm at a loss

    • Eugene

      I have both lenses, Carl Zeiss Jena Pancolar 1.8 / 50 is undoubtedly better especially the black MS version, you won’t regret it.

  • Anatoly

    I got this one (option - "zebra"), and even together with "Panagor auto macro converter" ... I have not been able to test it in Nikon D600 and D7000 yet.
    But I do not have a diaphragm repeater (there is no button, only the pin sticks out, and it does not move). It does not interfere with work?

  • Anna

    Can I clarify, on nikon plus the m42 adapter will it work?

  • 1993lev

    I look forward to seeing the Meyer-Optik Görlitz Trioplan 100 mm f / 2.8!

    • Rodion

      Soon Triplet-5 100 / 2,8 will come - let's light this trioplane)

  • N.Z.

    Another review about nothing. Butterflies, flowers, fences going into the distance and, as a result, the verdict of the next would-be tester: “it doesn't shine with anything special except bokeh”. And not a word about excellent sharpness across the entire field on tight, about excellent work in backlight, gorgeous color rendition, etc. Instead, we read from this toaster: "The lens is very similar to many other fifty dollars." Yes, he does not look like many other fifty dollars, he does not look like! The only fifty kopeck piece that looks like the Oreston drawing is its predecessor, the Domiron 50/2. In general, in order to make full-fledged reviews, you need to have such glasses on hand not for a week or two, but at least a year or two in order to form a sane idea for yourself and not mislead other people. And then because of such reviews on many forums, links from joyful people are already perceived as bad manners.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      It is very good that you wrote your opinion. It will be interesting to write another year or two of using this lens :)

    • anonym

      He always describes only what he likes and what people do not like about him.

    • anonym

      I completely agree with you recently I bought this lens and I am very happy. The lights are very good saturated. The only minus in low light is a little the contrast goes away in the cold too. The most important is the sharpness over the whole field. Yes, I don’t like the grainy Boca, but here it has some kind of lens. then your Charm and skinton generally chic complexion natural skin 120%

  • Eugene

    Good evening, on the ruins of Flomarkt I bought this lens for 20ku. But here is the problem. M42 and M39 were great for him. I can’t fit it to my stubby Canon 550d. Tell me, can he have more variations?

  • anonym

    Good lens. Sharp. a kind of sideє.

  • Vladimir

    Is it possible to fully use this lens on the Nikon D80 and what is needed for this?

  • anonym

    M42-nikon adapter with corrective lens. It turns out without alterations can not be fully used, because the lens may change characteristics.

  • Lennaganci

    Honestly, the boke was not impressed, it was strange that everyone agreed with the conclusion about the beautiful boke, I prefer Domiplan 50 / 2.8 only with red letters, which, the one with Arkady with a green inscription in the article, is really too bad

    • Andrey T.

      It is with the 350D and cannot and should not be impressive. It is pointless to shoot with such lenses. Here Domiplan, indeed, almost no matter what to shoot.

  • Eugene

    It seems to me that you misunderstood it. His bokeh is original - ruffling: doubles, triplets, quadruples ... This occurs, but usually it is an imperfection of optics, and here it is so pronounced that it is already a feature!

  • Yuriy

    Meyer Optik Görlitz confirms rumor that Nocturnus was a rebranded Chinese lens

  • Peter

    My question is: sometimes I use this lens with a simple adapter on the Nokon D 5200, but I can only use the open aperture, since the pin does not pin at the back (I don’t know what it's called) and I can’t change the aperture to a narrower one. What can be done about this?

    • Rodion

      buy an adapter with a "shelf"

    • anonym

      Take a toothpick, sharpen it very thinly, drown the pin, put a toothpick in the slot along with the pin and break it off. For reliability, you can drop a drop of superglue.

  • Evgeny Petruchok

    Hello, I am selling this particular specimen, this is my lens! Call, write, I will answer all questions 067 835 35 48

    • Rodion

      Seven years later?

      • Evgeny Petruchok

        Yes, lies idle. And someone can come in handy)

  • Peter

    Arkady, your opinion is personally interesting. When choosing between this lens and the PENTACON auto 1.8 / 50 MULTI COATING, which one would you prefer? Well, thank you for your cognitive work !!!

  • semen

    I will urgently sell 10000

  • semen

    I will urgently sell

  • Antip

    Yesterday I tested such a zebra lens, they are offered for $ 80.

  • Atanas

    And I liked it very much as a portraitist, although I rarely take portraits. I have Pentaflex Auto-Color 1.8 / 50. In fact, this lens is an export version of the Meyer-Optik Görlitz Oreston 50 mm f / 1.8 It requires some navigation, but I liked the picture and drawing. The picture in the example is not a very good job, do not judge strictly.

  • Victor

    Gentlemen, tell me please - which hood is suitable?

    • B. R. P.

      Threaded, Ø49mm.

  • Oleg

    Quote "Focusing is not smooth, the focusing ring rotates almost 360 degrees."
    In my opinion, there is an error in the second word))))))

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