Meyer-Optik Görlitz Orestegor 5.6 / 500 review

For the provided Meyer-Optik Görlitz Orestegor 5.6 / 500 lens with an M42 shank many thanks the store ProFotoSalewhere you can find many new and used lenses for different systems, including similar manual lenses.

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Meyer-Optik Gorlitz Orestegor 5.6 / 50. increase.

In short

Meyer-Optik Gorlitz Orestegor 5.6 / 500 is a telephoto lens for medium format with a frame size of 6 X 6. They have a system of interchangeable shanks, which makes it very easy and simple to install on many old and modern cameras. The overview shows a version with a shank for M42 x 1 / 45,5.

It is interesting with a high-quality assembly, a 19-blade aperture with smooth adjustment and a fairly sharp image across the entire field of the frame on narrow-format cameras (including the full frame).

Among the shortcomings, it is necessary to highlight the non-standard pitch at the thread for the light filter, as well as the size of the light filters by 118 mm. In addition, the Meyer-Optik Gorlitz Orestegor 5.6 / 500 weighs three and a half kilograms.

Meyer-Optik Gorlitz Orestegor 5.6 / 50

Meyer-Optik Gorlitz Orestegor 5.6 / 500

Main technical characteristics of Meyer-Optik Görlitz Orestegor 5.6 / 500

Name of instances from review On the case 'Meyer-Optik Görlitz 4115235 Orestegor 5.6 / 500'
Basic properties
  • Lens designed for cameras with a frame size of 6 x 6 cm
  • Interchangeable shank support
  • MF (Mannual Focus) - manual focus only
  • Aperture preset ring
  • Infinitely variable aperture control
  • tripod foot
Front Filter Diameter 118 mm (not standard pitch, filters M118 x 1)
Focal length 500 mm
Zoom ratio 1 x (this is fix)
Designed by for cameras with the Pentacon Six mount (Pentacon 6, similar to the B mount) and for narrow-format cameras with a frame size of 36 * 24
Number of aperture blades 19 petals. The petals always form an even hole
Tags
  • marking on the focus ring with the focusing distance in meters and feet
  • DOF scale for F / 5.6 (dot), F / 11, F / 16, F / 22
  • infrared label (red dot near the depth of field)
  • aperture ring, dual scale for F / 5.6, [.], 8, [.], 11, [.], 16, [.], 22
  • aperture preset ring mark (red dot)
Diaphragm F / 5.6 to F / 22
MDF (minimum focusing distance) 6 meters
The weight
  1. 3300 grams (measured, lens with M42 shank only)
  2. 3544 grams (measured with lens hood and filter)
Optical design 4 elements in 4 groups

Optical design Meyer-Optik Gorlitz Orestegor 5.6 / 500

Lens hood Must screw into the thread of the filter
Period Since the 70s, most likely the lens was manufactured before the merger with Pentacon.
Manufacturer country Lens made in East Germany
Price New do not sell. In a variant B. at. about 200-400 cu

For a 500 mm focal length, the maximum aperture ratio of 1: 5.6 is quite high, and it should be borne in mind that this lens can also be used on medium format cameras.

Meyer-Optik Gorlitz Orestegor 5.6 / 50

Meyer-Optik Gorlitz Orestegor 5.6 / 500

Assembly, control, focus

The lens is large and heavy. The bulk of the weight comes from the front lens group. The lens can be easily disassembled into several parts. In the middle, the long lens barrel is practically empty, since the optical system consists of only four lenses, 2 lenses each in front and behind the lens barrel.

The diaphragm consists of nineteen petals. Aperture blades not blackened, metallic, shiny, it can reduce the contrast of the pictures.

Aperture ring ingrows smoothly, without clicks, you can set any intermediate value between F / 5.6 and F / 22. But with the help aperture preset rings you can only set fixed values ​​marked on the aperture scale. To preset, pull the aperture ring towards the front lens and rotate to the desired value. Then the aperture ring will rotate from F / 5.6 to the set value. You can aim at F / 5.6 and quickly close the aperture to the desired value.

Most likely, Meyer-Optik Gorlitz Orestegor 5.6 / 500 originally came with a light filter and hood. The hood is screwed into the thread of the front filter. The filter diameter is huge and is 118 mm, while it has a non-standard thread pitch x 1 (instead of the classic x 0.75). The glass of the filter dangles in its frame.

Tripod foot non-removable, made in the form of a tripod ring / clamp with a small platform for a tripod with a standard thread. The fixing clip is large and convenient with a nice design. The ring can rotate 360 ​​degrees freely.

Meyer-Optik Gorlitz Orestegor 5.6 / 500 focusing ring rotates on 360 degrees (full revolution)... During focusing, the front of the lens extends forward 4-5 centimeters, but does not rotate. Rotation of the focusing ring is quite tight. Working with the lens is difficult. The smoothness of the focusing ring is highly dependent on the orientation of the lens and the orientation of the tripod foot. Focusing rings and diaphragms are metal, not rubber coated.

The minimum focusing distance is 6 meters.

On the case there is a focus distance scale, a depth of field scale and a mark for working in the infrared spectrum.

Meyer-Optik Gorlitz Orestegor 5.6 / 500 maintains its own interchangeable shank system... The shank for the desired bayonet is fixed with a special clamping ring, which can be easily unscrewed by hand. The shank has a tab for proper orientation. The overview shows a shank for M42 threads.

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Meyer-Optik Gorlitz Orestegor 5.6 / 500

Image quality

Meyer-Optik Gorlitz Orestegor 5.6 / 500 is sharp enough at F / 5.6 without falling sharpness in the corners of the frame on a camera with a 36 * 24 sensor. Sharpness increases significantly with closing the aperture. Unfortunately the lens has low contrast and is afraid of backlight. Vignetting and distortion are absent on narrow-format cameras. Chromatic aberrations present in moderation.

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Meyer-Optik Gorlitz Orestegor 5.6 / 500

Sample photos on Nikon FX

Converting raw RAW files from Nikon D700 original utility Nikon Capture NX-D v 1.4.6. For test photos, the Meyer-Optik Gorlitz Orestegor 5.6 / 500 was used without a hood and without a light filter.

Download RAW c source photos Nikon D700 can at this link (15 files, 200 MB). The lens was used with a conventional adapter M42 -> Nikon F (without lens and chip), with which the far focusing limit is about 50 meters. That's how the lens looks on Nikon D40.

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Meyer-Optik Gorlitz Orestegor 5.6 / 500

My experience

Personally, I was surprised at the capabilities at F / 5.6, I originally expected the lens to be less sharp at F / 5.6.

It is quite difficult to work with Meyer-Optik Gorlitz Orestegor 5.6 / 500, yet a lot of weight makes itself felt. A tripod is a prerequisite for comfortable shooting.

With a certain orientation of the lens / tripod, the focusing ring begins to rotate very tightly, which is very tiring during active shooting.

In modern realities, Meyer-Optik Gorlitz Orestegor 5.6 / 500 still remains an interesting solution and can still serve well for shooting sedentary objects.

For the provided Meyer-Optik Görlitz Orestegor 5.6 / 500 lens with an M42 shank many thanks the store ProFotoSalewhere you can find many new and used lenses for different systems, including similar manual lenses.

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Comments: 10, on the topic: Review Meyer-Optik Görlitz Orestegor 5.6 / 500

  • B. R. P.

    Thanks for your review. For $ 400 That is, you can find something more convenient to use, with zoom and af.

  • notapic

    Everything ingenious is simple. You can find a craftsman who can integrate an AF drive or an ultrasonic motor, and then this lens will not be worth the price, because from direct competitors only shorter telephoto lenses or zooms of the 200-500 / 5.6 type, but there is a stub, a motor, and a price appropriate.

    • Neo

      Have you ever seen one such alteration?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      It is unlikely that anyone will undertake to make af for this lens. It is too heavy to implement af. There are similar large lenses in versions for af, but the scheme is implemented there in such a way that focusing is most often internal and small lenses in the middle or rear of the lens are responsible for it. There and then the classic focusing, moving a heavy tube and lenses.

    • Ganesha-1

      It has a shallow depth of field, so a precision system for moving along the optical axis is required. Subjectively - something gets into sharpness, but something falls out. It is necessary to focus on the average statistical focal length in a preliminary assessment.

  • Dmitriy

    I think the lens may be of interest to owners of SF from Fujifilm, since the native telephoto is only 250 mm, and the converter is only 1.4. It is a pity that I have not seen any tests of such lenses anywhere with such a camera.

  • Ganesha-1

    Optical design without problems. Just a telescopic tube. It would be made of titanium, but most likely brass. The period is not that old. Can be used to kill. From the modern Mr. you can use BOWER 500 / 6,3, BOWER 800 / 8,0, but their lenses are plastic and they disperse in the cold.

    • Rodion

      Their lenses are not plastic, their body is deformed in the cold.
      Orestegor 100% aluminum, made of brass, it would weigh unbearably much.

      • Ganesha-1

        Unfortunately, this is one of the few long-focus lenses with a rigid (non-reflex) optical design. Still better than ZOOM. The resolution quality could have been better. At small aperture angles, you can only shoot from a tripod, so the weight is not very dangerous (except for transportation).

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