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02-13-2018, 01:37 PM   #1
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New 85mm f1.5 announced

Happy to see a new third party lens announced with Pentax K mount.

Of course this lens is a bit of a specialty item, with nosebleed pricing.

Somnium II Presale

02-13-2018, 01:43 PM   #2
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QuoteOriginally posted by filmamigo Quote
Happy to see a new third party lens announced with Pentax K mount.

Of course this lens is a bit of a specialty item, with nosebleed pricing.

Somnium II Presale
  • Manual focus
  • Full manual, clickless, aperture diaphragm
  • Over-priced per normal Meyer-Optik Goerlitz practice
  • This offer is actually for pre-orders on a v2 of their existing 85/1.5. The difference looks to be appearance and weight with the new version being ~100gm lighter.
Even at the discount price* one would think they would at least build this with a pre-set aperture mechanism.


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* The same as the current price for the v1 Somnium 85mm

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I wonder if helios 40-2 would give similar images at a third of a price) but more lenses is always good
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Wow, must be the first new lens also available for m42 in quite a while!

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Yawn... must be the lens' name.
I'd rather save the money for the D FA* 85mm f/1.4.
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I'd expect any new fully-manual lens to be available in K-mount, as well as every other current mount. The "swirly" bokeh in the portrait on their web-site would be enough to put me off buying it, even if I was interested at the advertised price. Waiting for the new Pentax 85 might be a better option.
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I love manual lenses... even those without preset apertures. And that does look like a lovely lens... but the price is eye-watering for what it is.

I don't know how true this is, but the Mk I version was rumoured by some people to be a re-worked Helios-40-2 (which would make sense given the bokeh swirl, which I love). I'm a big fan of that lens, but even at the price I paid for my new-in-box model, I felt it was at the limit of reasonable value for money. And that was a fraction of the Somnium II's asking price...
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Wow, I was expecting a high price, but $2000? I guess if it is a small production run per unit price can be pretty high...

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I think the exterior styling looks cool but a really good Helios 40-2 probably makes a lot more sense. That kind of money for a lens that doesn't have an A position on the aperture ring seems kind of extreme.
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I almost can handle the special pricing now, but the full retail is stiff to say the least. I'd have to go see what a vintage copy of the lens costs before biting though, and given the DFA*50, new full frame, DA* 11-18, my GAS and LBA has tapped out my future earnings pretty solidly at this point. Wish B&H sold stock - then I could at least pretend I was paying myself back....
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QuoteOriginally posted by IgorZ Quote
Wow, I was expecting a high price, but $2000? I guess if it is a small production run per unit price can be pretty high...
It's all the invisible and transparent gold and platinum plating that is covering the lens barrel...
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The original Meyer-Optik Görlitz Somnium 85mm f/1.5 was a clone of the Helios 40-2. This Somnium II has a different, more modern casing to look less like its Russian counterpart and better justify the difference in price.
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Happy to have the old but very good 85mm EX from Sigma, it avoids any expensive temptation ...
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Not to mention the music on that video is preeeemo!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Mistral75 Quote
The original Meyer-Optik Görlitz Somnium 85mm f/1.5 was a clone of the Helios 40-2. This Somnium II has a different, more modern casing to look less like its Russian counterpart and better justify the difference in price.
I wondered about that. To be honest, I think I prefer my LZOS MC Jupiter-9 85/2 purchased new in 2008 for $130.


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