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Meyer-Optik Görlitz Orestegor / Pentacon 200mm F4

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Meyer-Optik Görlitz Orestegor / Pentacon 200mm F4

Meyer-Optik Görlitz Orestegor / Pentacon 200mm F4
Meyer-Optik Görlitz Orestegor / Pentacon 200mm F4
Meyer-Optik Görlitz Orestegor / Pentacon 200mm F4

This is a preset manual lens, with continuous aperture, which can be limited with a special preset ring. It has 15 blades which close and open very smoothly in the range F4-F22. The focus throw is very large. Removable mount - M42 or exacta.
The Meyer version is the classic "zebra". The Pentacons are also listed here, and come in several styles, pic 3 shows one also with removable mount, later ones are fixed mount, 6 blade iris (needs separate review page).

5 elements in 5 groups.
Weight 600g.
Filter size: 58mm.
Normally comes with small screw on hood.
The mounts on these are removable, typically M42 (most common) or Exacta.
FoV = 12°.

For those of you unfamiliar with the preset aperture mechanisms, "Mr Pentacon Six" has made these Utube videos: method 1; method 2.

This thread on stopping light leaks with narrow profile M42 lenses that don't cover the camera mount may be useful.

Min. focus distance 2.5m (in practice more like 2.2m).

Made in DDR - the post war pre-unification East Germany.
Mount Type: M42 Screwmount
Price History:

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Forum Member

Registered: November, 2017
Location: Illinois
Posts: 63
Review Date: December 16, 2020 Recommended | Price: $50.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Nice lens for the price
Cons: learning curve, a little bit unforgiving
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 8    Value: 9    Camera Used: k70   

This lens is built like a tank, I had to clean mine up due to haze and fungus. I like the looks but it comes with a learning curve that will require patience from the user. Catch in focus did not work with this lens and at least with my m42 adapter infinity focus does not work. But I love it anyway it forces you to slow down and think.
Senior Member

Registered: June, 2011
Location: Gotland
Posts: 160
Review Date: March 17, 2020 Recommended | Price: $20.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Top product for the era. Still OK
Cons: See below
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 7    Value: 9    Camera Used: K-1   

I found this lens at a charity store. It is an early zebra version. It lacked the mount, and eventually I bought a defective 135 mm version with the M42 mount. It fits perfectly.

I did a minor cleanup, no total disassembly, and tried the lens on my K 3 II. I was deeply disappinted. So I left it alone for quite a while. Then I found this thread in another forum:

Preventing M42 adapter light leaks and dust ingress - an easy solution! - Page 3 -

The problem is related to the fact that the Orestegor M42 mount is too narrow to mate up properly against a K mount camera body. I found my own solution: I added an epoxy fillet to the mount. The fillet has a diameter large enough so that the mount mates up to the camera body. Then I bought a lens hood.

Now the lens works fine, especially with the K-1.

This lens needs careful focusing (manual of course) and then shows very good sharpness even at f/4. The pictures seem to have less contrast than the best modern lenses. So i use mnus 1,0 or minus 1.3 exposure comensation instead of my usual minus 0,7. To me this is a valuable item to try out more carefully for Slow Photography.
New Member

Registered: December, 2015
Location: Piła
Posts: 6
Review Date: February 15, 2020 Recommended | Price: $50.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: sharpness
Cons: none
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 10    Value: 10    Camera Used: Pentax K5II   

For sure it's the best 200mm M42 I've ever used. Sharp even wide open f/4. 15 aperture blades make this lens king of bokeh[ and it trully is Very good build guality - DDR product with awesome hard leather box. Very nice!
New Member

Registered: February, 2019
Posts: 13
Review Date: July 23, 2019 Recommended | Price: $40.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Very good at middle distance, great close up
Cons: Weaker at longer distances and not sharp at infinity
Sharpness: 7    Aberrations: 7    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 10    Value: 10    Camera Used: Film   

I have a "Zebra" Gorlitz that is in close to mint condition. A good close-distance and a very good middle-distance lens between F5.6 and f11. As with most telephoto lenses f8 is the sweet spot, for sure. Good - not very good - outside of that range, except for some nice bokeh. Gets poorer in sharpness and aberration increase as you focus closer to infinity, but it is much sharper than the Meyer-Optik 135mm version at infinity. Defo not a wildlife lens unless you are shooting digital and your sensor and processor can assist in better longer-distance image processing, or if you rely upon software processing rather than genuine lens performance to make your photos look sharper. I think a lot of people who are rating this lens highly are actually rating their digital processor and sensor. I use this on film cameras. Big, heavy and bulky and I do find this a rather OTT lens to lug around, but it's otherwise very basic and simple and easy to use. So simply put together that it's easy to open up and clean out a dirty-glass version. Try not to get ripped off with trade-pushing sellers who want more than $60.
Senior Member

Registered: September, 2016
Location: North Yorkshire
Posts: 209
Review Date: February 12, 2019 Recommended | Price: $40.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Sharp lens, smooth bokeh
Cons: Some fringing wide open in bright light. long focus throw

I have the Meyer-Optik zebra version of his lens.
It is a delightful lens to use. Solidly built with a pleasing weight. 15 blades makes for smooth bokeh. The lens is sharp at all apertures. f22 will show up all the dust on the camera sensor. I find that, like many of the manual lenses that I have, it fools the exposure meter into overexposure, so I have to dial in -2EV to get it right.
It portrays colours well. There is some fringing wide open in bright light, but this is easy to remove in post processing.
The long throw makes focussing precise, although it can take a long time to get from way out to way in. If you get a chance at this lens for a reasonable price I would recommend giving it a go.

Sample photos here:
New Member

Registered: November, 2013
Posts: 13
Review Date: December 8, 2018 Recommended | Price: $75.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: extremely sharp tele lens, nice bokeh
Cons: scarecely CA's
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 10    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 9    Value: 10    Camera Used: fuji x-t100 + x-e1   

++ wonderfull lens with very high sharpness

++/+ scareceley visible CA's

++ high contrast and very nice neutral color rendition

highly recommended
New Member

Registered: May, 2013
Location: Jakarta
Posts: 2
Review Date: July 28, 2015 Recommended | Price: $100.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: sharp, bokeh, build, price
Cons: long throw focusing, medio heavy
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 8    Value: 9    Camera Used: K5, A7   

i have three models gen of Meyer-Optik Görlitz Orestegor 200mm F4:
1. Meyer-Optik Görlitz Orestegor 200mm F4 (zebra)
2. Pentacon 200mm F4 (zebra)
3. Pentacon 200mm F4 (non-zebra)

both are has 15 blades, both are identical, have same characters, like most of meyer families these lenses has interesting bokeh
here they are the samples photos taken with these lenses:
New Member

Registered: February, 2013
Posts: 8
Review Date: February 26, 2013 Recommended | Price: $104.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: This is a sharp lens that you dont have to worry about funny shapes of bokeh if you need to stop it down. aperture ring very smooth
Cons: CA in bright light and high contrast wide open, long focus throw can be a blessing or a disadvantage
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 9    Value: 10   

This was a huge surprise. It is a very easy lens to use, except if you have focused far and need to go near fast. But the long focus throw makes it very easy to focus (I do use a precision matte focusing screen). It renders images beautifully. There can be CA on whites in bright light wide open, but on the other hand this is the type of lens that keeps round circles in the bokeh if you stop it down, so no worries there. My camera cannot make video, but it is the type of lens that you can use for that, because the aperture ring is continuous, ie. no clicks, and keeping the aperture round gives that hollywood feeling (yeah , after obsessing about lenses, I notice the bokeh shapes in movies now haha).

This image shows the bokeh at F5.6-6.0:

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