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Meyer-Optik Gorlitz Lydith 30mm f/3.5 II Lens for Leica M

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Meyer-Optik Gorlitz Lydith 30mm f/3.5 II Lens for Leica M
Key Features
  • Leica M-Mount Lens
  • Aperture Range: f/3.5 to f/22
  • Coated Schott and O'Hara Optical Glass
  • Manual Focus Design
Based on a classic optical design, the Lydith 30mm f/3.5 II from Meyer-Optik Gorlitz is a compact wide-angle prime designed for Leica M-mount cameras. The revised five elements, five groups configuration produces a high degree of sharpness along with a distinct artistic quality for a smooth rendering of out-of-focus areas to suit shallow depth of field shooting. Individual elements are made from coated Schott and O'Hara optical glasses in order to produce vibrant colors and high contrast in a variety of lighting conditions. This lens is also characterized by its manual focus operation, short 6.3" minimum focusing distance, and a 10-blade diaphragm that produces circular out of focus highlights.
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Meyer-Optik Gorlitz Lydith 30mm f/3.5 II Overview

Based on a classic optical design, the Lydith 30mm f/3.5 II from Meyer-Optik Gorlitz is a compact wide-angle prime designed for Leica M-mount cameras. The revised five elements, five groups configuration produces a high degree of sharpness along with a distinct artistic quality for a smooth rendering of out-of-focus areas to suit shallow depth of field shooting. Individual elements are made from coated Schott and O'Hara optical glasses in order to produce vibrant colors and high contrast in a variety of lighting conditions. This lens is also characterized by its manual focus operation, short 6.3" minimum focusing distance, and a 10-blade diaphragm that produces circular out of focus highlights.

Version II of this lens sees an improved optical design to achieve greater contrast and resolution, along with a redeveloped mechanical design with smoother operation and a more streamlined form factor.
Compact wide-angle prime designed for full-frame and 35mm Leica M-mount rangefinder cameras. This lens will not couple to the rangefinder focusing system on Leica M-type cameras; manual focusing must be done using live view or zone focusing techniques.
Five elements, five groups optical design realizes a high degree of sharpness and vivid rendition of colors. This optical design also contributes to a pleasing, distinctive bokeh quality that suits selective focus shooting.
Coated Schott and O'Hara glass are used for high clarity and contrast, as well as reduced lens flare and ghosting.
Manual focus design affords an impressive minimum focusing distance of just 6.3" to suit photographing close-up subjects.
Ten AR-coated diaphragm blades help produce an artistic and distinctly circular bokeh quality.

Meyer-Optik Gorlitz Lydith 30mm f/3.5 II Specs

Focal Length30mm
Maximum Aperturef/3.5
Minimum Aperturef/22
Lens MountLeica M
Lens Format CoverageFull-Frame
Angle of View71°
Minimum Focus Distance6.3" / 16 cm
Optical Design5 Elements in 5 Groups
Diaphragm Blades12
Focus TypeManual Focus
Image StabilizationNo
Filter Size52 mm (Front)
Weight7.76 oz / 220 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight2.895 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)8.1 x 6.5 x 4.7"

Meyer-Optik Gorlitz Lydith 30mm f/3.5 II Reviews

Decidedly Different In A Very Nice Way

By Donald
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-13

I ove the way this Lydith renders, excellent detail wide open but with a soft glow. Stop it dow to f/5.6 and it get amazingly sharp, although still a bit mushy in the corners. It is proving outstanding for head/shoulders portraits wide open and nice for landscapes stopped down to f/5.6 to f/11. Its optical design is old but then that what I bought it for. Fabrication quality is excellent, beautifully made. My old wish would be that they make it rangefinder couple for Leica M cameras (none of M digital cameras support live view). One buys this lens for what it is, and it is not like a late version Leica lens yet it has its own qualities one can take advantage of. Considering it is a lens made in Germany by skilled craftsmen just as Leica lenses are, the price is not bad at all. Just realize what you are buying is old school optical design in a beautiful modern package.

Outstanding lense.

By Marc
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-11-18

The small size of the lense make it easy to carry in your photo bag. This lense enables not only great bokeh but provides a very good sharpness and is very sensitive to white balance variations. Try it and you will enjoy it immediately.

A lens for an artist....

By o
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-11-05

Worthy of the Lydith name

Read the fine print… This isn’t rangefinder coupled

By Jeffery
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2021-04-10

Mea culpa for missing that sentence. I was focused more on the statement that it was designed for Leica M cameras, which don’t have a live view in the viewfinder. But what really bothers me about this lens is that the front of it will rotate freely, which moves the red dot for setting the aperture completely around so that it’s at the bottom of the lens. In short, the only way to use this lens on a Leica M is in hyperfocal mode with a very small preset f-stop and a preset focus at hyperfocal distance.

Good and a bit different

By Kirby
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-03-30

Build is solid and image is sharp. Based on an old design rather than trying to make a perfectly sharp lens; check reviews for more details. The light from the flares caused some slight banding on my A6000. I did not notice the issue on a NEX5R. Packaging is impressive: maybe part of recapturing the experience of long ago.

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Asked by: Curtis
I contacted Meyer Optik and they supplied the following: The entrance pupil can be calculated by dividing the focal length by the aperture value. The more precise data can be found below: Lens Focal length Aperture Ø Entrance pupil Trioplan 100 II 100,6 2,8 35,9286 Lydith 30 II 31,3 3,5 8,9429 Trioplan 50 II 51,29 2,9 17,6862 Primoplan 58 II 58,3 1,9 30,6842 Primoplan 75 II 75,2 1,9 39,5789
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Date published: 2021-01-05

What frame lines on a Leica MD Typ 262 will this ...

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Asked by: Peter
This lens will not couple with the rangefinder focusing system in M series cameras, nor will it bring up frame lines in the viewfinder. All focusing would be done via Live View mode.
Answered by: Kirk
Date published: 2020-09-15
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