|Camera industry in Görlitz|
| Paul Dittrich & Co.|
Curt Bentzin | Herbst & Firl | Meyer
Mlitz & Krügler | Robert Reinsch
Neue Görlitzer Kamerawerke
| Meyer lenses: Primagon, Domiplan, Lydith and Trioplan|
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Meyer was a German optical company, founded by Hugo Meyer (born 21.05.1863, died 01.03.1905) in Görlitz.
In 1918 Dr. Paul Rudolph, the inventor of Zeiss' Tessar and Protar, developed Meyer's Double Plasmat which was derived from Meyer's symmetrical Euryplan lens. In the 1920s he developed fast variants, the Kino-Plasmat f/2 and the World's fastest lens of its time, the Kino-Plasmat f/1.5 .
In mid 1960s Meyer introduced lenses with interchangeable adapters for different camera types. The first such a lens was Orestegor 4/200, which could be mounted on Exakta Varex, Exa II, Pentacon, Praktina and Praktica 35 mm cameras with applicable adapters. Orestegor 5.6/500 could be mounted on Exakta Varex, Exa II, Pentacon, Praktina, Praktica as well as Praktisix medium format SLR.
Some trademarks used for Meyer lenses
For lens serial numbers see THIS page.
- Diaplan (projection lens)
- Double Plasmat
- Doppelplasmat / Double-Plasmat
- Kinon Superior (projection lens)
- Kino-Plasmat and Kinoplasmat
- Omin (projection lens)
- Porträt Trioplan
- Satz Plasmat and Satzplasmat
- Tele-Megor and Telemegor
The production of the lenses marked Domiplan, Oreston, Orestegon, Orestor, Orestegor, Lydith was continued when Meyer was incorporated into Pentacon. The lenses except the Domiplan lost their trademark names when they became Pentacon lenses.
| Exakta SLR with Telemegor|
image by John Kratz (Image rights)
The links go directly to the Meyer section:
Cameras with a fixed Meyer lens
- Balda Baldaxette
- Balda Beltica
- Balda Super Baldina (folding)
- Balda Super Pontura
- Certo Dollina I
- Certo Dolly
- Certo Super Dollina
- Certo Durata II
- Certo Super Sport Dolly
- Meyer Megor (Korelle 3x4 variant sold by Meyer)
- Pentacon electra and Pentacon electra 2
- Welta Welti 1
- Fincke H.E.: Das Objektiv deiner Kamera; Fotokinoverlag Halle, Halle, 1959.
- Naumann H.: Das Auge meiner Kamera; Verlag von Wilhelm Knapp, Halle (Saale), 1951.
- Puskov V.V.: Poradnik fotograficzny; PWT, Warsaw, 1956.