Meyer Optik 1896 - today

 

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Tradition meets innovation

 

Meyer-Optik looks back on an eventful history. Founded in 1896, the Görlitz-based company was able to offer innovative, high-quality lenses at a very early stage and to continue this tradition even in a divided Germany for many years. In the now more than 120 years of company history Meyer-Optik was able to inspire many photographers for its products and to win a worldwide large fan community. The unique visual language offered by Meyer-Optik lenses enables photographers to stand out from the crowd in times of smartphone photos and pixel battles by large manufacturers. In the long history, various external circumstances have shaped the path of the lens manufacturers from Görlitz and have usually not made it easier. Nevertheless, the approach is identical today as it was then - to manufacture high-quality, innovative and yet affordable lenses in Germany.

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The early years

In 1896 the optician Hugo Meyer, together with the merchant Heinrich Schätze, founded the "Optisch-Mechanische Industrie-Anstalt Hugo Meyer & Co." in Görlitz.

 

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In the first 20 years, Meyer-Optik quickly become known as a lens manufacturer. Successful developments such as the Aristostigmat, a 6-lens Anastigmat, the wide-angle-Aristostigmat and the first projection lenses quickly increased Meyer-Optik's name recognition. The company expanded further by taking over the "Optische Anstalt Schulze und Billerbeck" - manufacturer of the then well-known Euryplan lenses.

Between 1920 and 1942, important foundations for further growth were laid. The cooperation with Dr. Paul Rudolph, who had previously been involved in some of Carl Zeiss Jena's most important lens developments (Protar, Planar, Tessar), should be emphasized here. Together with Dr. Rudolph, the famous Plasmat lenses were developed and the Kino-Plasmat was the world's fastest lens at the time. Another important step was the delivery of OEM-lenses for camera manufacturers - such as the Exakta from Ihagee. In the 1930s Meyer-Optik already had a wide range of high-quality interchangeable lenses. Compared to Carl Zeiss Jena, who was a market leader at the time, the lenses were usually offered at a slightly lower price.

 

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Post-war period until the reunification of Germany

In the post-war period Meyer-Optik produced the Helioplan under the name "VEB Feinoptisches Werk Görlitz" (as successor of the Doppel-Anastigmat). From 1952, the anti-reflection coating with magnesium fluoride was introduced. At this time, mainly the well-known Trioplan triplets, the powerful Primoplan lenses and the Telemegor long focal lengths were produced. Many lenses from Meyer-Optik have regularly been awarded with the highest quality rating for DDR products.

 

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Further patents were applied for in the following years. Among other things, for an aperture-fast setting for photographic lenses, a 5-lens telephoto lens and a corrected lens consisting of four plastic lenses.

 

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By the integration of the Meyer-Optik into the combine VEB Pentacon, the imprint Meyer optics on the lenses disappeared after 1971. In the mid-1980s, the combine VEB Carl Zeiss Jena took over the VEB Pentacon and thus also Meyer-Optik. As a result of this centralisation, Meyer-Optik increasingly lost technical competence and some products were discontinued in favour of competing models from Carl Zeiss Jena. In addition, many machines necessary for the production of high-quality zoom lenses could not be procured from other socialist states or from Western countries until 1989.

 

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The time after the fall of communism

After reunification, Meyer-Optik was separated from the Carl Zeiss Jena combine and relaunched as "Feinoptisches Werk Görlitz GmbH". Lenses with the imprint Meyer-Optik were produced again. This resurgence was unfortunately only of short duration, since the company could not become competitive at short notice and has been already shut down again by the Treuhand in 1991.

Under the management of net SE, based in Koblenz, the Meyer-Optik-Görlitz brand entered the market again in 2014. After a thoroughly successful start and a positive development, the brand fell victim to the insolvency of net SE in 2018, which has been basically a pure sales & marketing company with various brands and subsidiaries. Until then, the well-known lens series Trioplan, Primoplan, Lydith and others have been published.

 

 

The resurrection of the brand

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At the end of 2018, OPC Optics, based in Bad Kreuznach, acquired the trademark rights to Meyer-Optik and its lens designs. With the acquisition of Meyer-Optik, the specialist for aspherical and spherical glass lenses opened up the consumer market for itself.

With the help of its own technological know-how and synergies in the field of lens manufacturing, existing products are now optimized, production processes professionalized and further products developed. For the many Meyer-Optik-fans worldwide, this development means a continuation of the popular lens series - such as Trioplan and Primoplan. OPC Optics is committed to the Meyer-Optik tradition of offering high quality products manufactured in Germany at a fair price. High-quality materials, innovative product design, state-of-the-art technology, light and character strength were the basis for the success of the products, then as now. In addition to further developments of the well-known Meyer lenses (e.g. Trioplan, Primoplan, etc.), OPC is also working on completely new developments. The in-house lens production in Bad Kreuznach and the procurement of other components from German partner companies ensure the best possible quality and allow Meyer-Optik to look into a positive future.

 

Meyer Optik 1896 - today

 

historie-mog-logo

 

Tradition meets innovation

 

Meyer-Optik looks back on an eventful history. Founded in 1896, the Görlitz-based company was able to offer innovative, high-quality lenses at a very early stage and to continue this tradition even in a divided Germany for many years. In the now more than 120 years of company history Meyer-Optik was able to inspire many photographers for its products and to win a worldwide large fan community. The unique visual language offered by Meyer-Optik lenses enables photographers to stand out from the crowd in times of smartphone photos and pixel battles by large manufacturers. In the long history, various external circumstances have shaped the path of the lens manufacturers from Görlitz and have usually not made it easier. Nevertheless, the approach is identical today as it was then - to manufacture high-quality, innovative and yet affordable lenses in Germany.

 historie-meyer-optik-goerlitz-produktionsgebaeude

 

The early years

In 1896 the optician Hugo Meyer, together with the merchant Heinrich Schätze, founded the "Optisch-Mechanische Industrie-Anstalt Hugo Meyer & Co." in Görlitz.

 

historie-hugo-meyer

 

In the first 20 years, Meyer-Optik quickly become known as a lens manufacturer. Successful developments such as the Aristostigmat, a 6-lens Anastigmat, the wide-angle-Aristostigmat and the first projection lenses quickly increased Meyer-Optik's name recognition. The company expanded further by taking over the "Optische Anstalt Schulze und Billerbeck" - manufacturer of the then well-known Euryplan lenses.

Between 1920 and 1942, important foundations for further growth were laid. The cooperation with Dr. Paul Rudolph, who had previously been involved in some of Carl Zeiss Jena's most important lens developments (Protar, Planar, Tessar), should be emphasized here. Together with Dr. Rudolph, the famous Plasmat lenses were developed and the Kino-Plasmat was the world's fastest lens at the time. Another important step was the delivery of OEM-lenses for camera manufacturers - such as the Exakta from Ihagee. In the 1930s Meyer-Optik already had a wide range of high-quality interchangeable lenses. Compared to Carl Zeiss Jena, who was a market leader at the time, the lenses were usually offered at a slightly lower price.

 

historie-meyer-optik-goerlitz-belegschaftsfoto-um-1938

 

 

Post-war period until the reunification of Germany

In the post-war period Meyer-Optik produced the Helioplan under the name "VEB Feinoptisches Werk Görlitz" (as successor of the Doppel-Anastigmat). From 1952, the anti-reflection coating with magnesium fluoride was introduced. At this time, mainly the well-known Trioplan triplets, the powerful Primoplan lenses and the Telemegor long focal lengths were produced. Many lenses from Meyer-Optik have regularly been awarded with the highest quality rating for DDR products.

 

historie-meyer-optik-goerlitz-glas-schneiden

 

Further patents were applied for in the following years. Among other things, for an aperture-fast setting for photographic lenses, a 5-lens telephoto lens and a corrected lens consisting of four plastic lenses.

 

historie-meyer-optik-goerlitz-zentrieren

 

By the integration of the Meyer-Optik into the combine VEB Pentacon, the imprint Meyer optics on the lenses disappeared after 1971. In the mid-1980s, the combine VEB Carl Zeiss Jena took over the VEB Pentacon and thus also Meyer-Optik. As a result of this centralisation, Meyer-Optik increasingly lost technical competence and some products were discontinued in favour of competing models from Carl Zeiss Jena. In addition, many machines necessary for the production of high-quality zoom lenses could not be procured from other socialist states or from Western countries until 1989.

 

historie-meyer-optik-goerlitz-ausstellung-1942

 

 

The time after the fall of communism

After reunification, Meyer-Optik was separated from the Carl Zeiss Jena combine and relaunched as "Feinoptisches Werk Görlitz GmbH". Lenses with the imprint Meyer-Optik were produced again. This resurgence was unfortunately only of short duration, since the company could not become competitive at short notice and has been already shut down again by the Treuhand in 1991.

Under the management of net SE, based in Koblenz, the Meyer-Optik-Görlitz brand entered the market again in 2014. After a thoroughly successful start and a positive development, the brand fell victim to the insolvency of net SE in 2018, which has been basically a pure sales & marketing company with various brands and subsidiaries. Until then, the well-known lens series Trioplan, Primoplan, Lydith and others have been published.

 

 

The resurrection of the brand

historie-meyer-optik-goerlitz-opc-optics-logo

At the end of 2018, OPC Optics, based in Bad Kreuznach, acquired the trademark rights to Meyer-Optik and its lens designs. With the acquisition of Meyer-Optik, the specialist for aspherical and spherical glass lenses opened up the consumer market for itself.

With the help of its own technological know-how and synergies in the field of lens manufacturing, existing products are now optimized, production processes professionalized and further products developed. For the many Meyer-Optik-fans worldwide, this development means a continuation of the popular lens series - such as Trioplan and Primoplan. OPC Optics is committed to the Meyer-Optik tradition of offering high quality products manufactured in Germany at a fair price. High-quality materials, innovative product design, state-of-the-art technology, light and character strength were the basis for the success of the products, then as now. In addition to further developments of the well-known Meyer lenses (e.g. Trioplan, Primoplan, etc.), OPC is also working on completely new developments. The in-house lens production in Bad Kreuznach and the procurement of other components from German partner companies ensure the best possible quality and allow Meyer-Optik to look into a positive future.

 

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