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Meyer Optik announces the new Lydith 30mm f/3.5 lens

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German optical manufacturer Meyer-Optik-Gorlitz has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help bring the historic Lydith 30mm f/3.5 art lens back to life.

The original lens was launched in 1964 and the forthcoming version will remain true to the basic design of five elements in five groups, but the new company will be updating a number of its features.

The Lydith 30mm f/3.5 is expected to ship in March 2018. The lens will be available in Canon, Fujifilm, Leica M, Leica SL, M42, Micro Four Thirds, Nikon and Sony mount. The standard price of this manual focus lens on the Kickstarter page is $749.

Meyer Optik launches the new Lydith 30mm f/3.5 lens

Meyer Optik launches the new Lydith 30mm f/3.5 mirrorless lens

Additional information:

The Lydith is maybe the sharpest and most contrasty lens in our historic art lens portfolio and of course, as a Meyer-Optik lens, it can produce extraordinary bokeh.

The Lydith has an extremely low minimum focusing distance of 0.16m. So you can get very close to your object, while still displaying a good portion of the surroundings. If you have a lens at a focal length, you might have things in mind you want to shoot with it. But due to the Lydith’s performance, you will try out setups you wouldn’t have shot with any other lens at this range.

The Lydith 30mm f3.5 is built using the same platform that we used for our Trioplan 50 and 35mm lenses. Thus we take advantage of some economies of scale and can offer this breathtaking lens to our backers at a very special price. Following our design principles, this lens is compact and light and weights just above 220g.

We have set extremely tight standards in our lens design that can only be met by using the best Schott and O`Hara glasses and having them produced under the toughest quality measures. We will be using a special coating in the front and back lens that will make the lenses extremely durable and tough for a lifelong enjoyment.

For more information about the Lydith 30mm f/3.5 lens see the Meyer-Optik-Gorlitz website.