Oprema Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 lens for Leica M mount officially announced

The new Oprema Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 lens for Leica M mount is now officially announced. Shipping is expected to start in the summer of 2018. The 58mm Biotar currently offered on Kickstarter will initially not have a rangefinder coupling but it will be added later when the lens goes to serial production. Here is the press release:

(Koblenz, Germany) An updated version of the Biotar 58mm f2 will join the already announced Biotar 75mm f1.5, as the first two pieces in Oprema Jena’s lineup of modern remakes of classic lenses, the company announced today.

Oprema is offering 58 people the chance to get the Biotar 75 and Biotar 58 – both originally produced by Carl Zeiss -- as part of a special rewards bundle in the current Kickstarter campaign for the Biotar 75. The 58 Biotar 58s will be pre-production models with serial numbers between 1 and 58. A pledge of $1,999 USD would allow someone to get both lenses at $2,500 less than the combined projected retail price for the lenses.

The Biotar 75 is expected to go on the market next summer at a projected retail price of $2,499, with the Biotar 58 following by the end of the year at a projected retail price of $1,999.

“This shows that Oprema is not a one-time activity but a strategic effort to bring those great lenses back to live,” said Dr. Stefan Immes, who heads Oprema. “We are following our plan.”

Via Photorumors

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