The new Oprema Jena Biotar 75/1.5 lens for Leica M-mount comes with rangefinder coupling



As I already reported, the new Oprema Jena Biotar 75/1.5 lens for Leica M-mount will have rangefinder coupling. The lens is already listed for funding on Kickstarter. The full press release can be found on PhotoRumors.com.

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The Biotar 75/1.5 is probably the most legendary lens ever produced in Jena, Germany. It is a six lens gauss type optical scheme whose design dates back to the year 1927 when famous lens designer Willi Merté developed his first Biotar which was designed for cinematography.

In the 1930th Merté continued to improve the Biotar lenses among which the 75mm/1.5 reached legendary status. The Biotar 75/1.5 was first introduced in 1938, sales began to pick up with a presentation at the Leipzig Spring Fair in 1940.
But due to second world war and to its high price at the time it remained a very special lens for the selected few. Until today it has become one of the most expensive vintage lenses easily selling for over a thousand dollars – if you get a usable one.

Its sharpness at the center in conjunction with a dramatic swirl bokeh is legendary. At open aperture the Biotar 75 is as sharp as can be in the center of the image and it renders the famous and sought after swirling bokeh to the side. The image gets an almost three dimensional complexion with the object stepping out in front of the viewer.

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  • MdB

    Actually want this.

  • YourFace

    Will these lenses be available for purchase after the kickstarter funding has ended?

    • YourFace

      Never mind, saw the price, I’ll see if I can pick one up used.

    • most of them are:

      https://bhpho.to/2uG10S5

      • YourFace

        Thank you, prices are a bit ridiculous though. I’m guessing this lens will be $1500 once the group funding is over with…

        • MdB

          I think they said $1100 on the KS page.

          • Mistral75

            $1,100 is said by them to be 45% off the RRP, thus implying the RRP being $1,999.

          • MdB

            Oh I misread, thought it said normal price, not ‘normal kickstarter price’…

        • Ewald Dieser

          Ridiculous compared to what?

          • SimoneDF

            Compared for example to a Helios 40-2 85mm 1.5, which is based on exactly the same design and will give you the same ugly swirly bokeh for a fraction of the price.

        • eric

          I think the internet continues to teach people that everything should be near free and cost next to nothing. If you really love a lens and treat it well it’s a priceless thing. If everything was cheap nobody would respect the quality craftsmanship put into something.

          • YourFace

            Interpret my comment however you wish but I’ve seen the real deal Zeiss Biotar 75mm go for less than $1k, as well as, the very similar Helios 85mm go for less than $500. If you think these re-manufactured lenses are worth the price just because they come in M-Mount and don’t care to spend time searching for the original lenses or use an adapter, then by all means go for it. I’d rather buy the original, which is just as good, for less and use the money saved on another Leica lens with better optics.

          • eric

            Those lenses you mentioned were already manufactured decades ago. The cost of designing and manufacturing a new lens is not the same today as it was then. I think it’s pretty cool people can combine resources and recreate something from the past. I also highly doubt the makers of this new lens are trying to heavily profit off it. I don’t see the point of knocking a lens down because of its price. I can’t afford to own the 0.95/f noctilux 50mm lens but it’s still cool. Lots of expensive things are cool even if there too much for many of us to own.

          • YourFace

            Manufactured decades ago but still pretty damn good especially if you find a good copy. I’m not knocking this lens in any way, I actually like the wild bokeh. I simply said the price was a bit ridiculous for what it is. If i bought any of these lenses, the new one or the older versions, I would mostly use it wide open for the bokeh characteristics because when stopped it disappears and I have a feeling many who buy it would do the same. If that’s the case, then I just don’t see the point in spending so much just to use it at 1.5 nearly all the time. It would be better to get something cheaper for that and use the money saved for a better lens at the same or different focal length. Again this is just my opinion, I never suggested how you should spend your own money.

            As for the 0.95 Noctilux, consider a mount converted Canon 50mm 0.95. Not nearly as sharp wide open but to me, personally (flame suit on), its still pretty damn good and I like the way it renders bokeh better than the Noctilux. In a perfect world I’d probably own both.

          • MdB

            Used costs less than new? Who’d have thought?! Less than $1000 you say? Isn’t this less than $1000 if you preorder? Full of dust and ‘patina’, not rangefinder coupled? Sounds like a bargain!

          • YourFace

            Of course if you buy one that was found in a field somewhere.

  • dannybuoy

    Does seem to produce some nice effects. But let’s some large samples first

  • eric

    Looks cool. It will be interesting to see it used for portraiture.

  • Nathan Wright

    Good looking lens.

  • old one looks better

  • Helios

    Is it really that much bigger than the original?

    • MdB

      Those side by side images are not to scale.

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