Meyer was a German optical company, founded by Hugo Meyer (born 21.05.1863, died 01.03.1905) in Görlitz.

In 1918 Dr. Paul Rudolph, the inventor of Zeiss' Tessar and Protar, developed Meyer's Double Plasmat which was derived from Meyer's symmetrical Euryplan lens. In the 1920s he developed fast variants, the Kino-Plasmat f/2 and the World's fastest lens of its time, the Kino-Plasmat f/1.5 .

After WWII Meyer was the second East German lens supplier after Carl Zeiss Jena. It became a part of VEB Pentacon and after 1970 all the Meyer lenses were branded as Pentacon.

During the 1960s Meyer introduced lenses with interchangeable adapters for different camera types. The first such a lens was Orestegor 4/200, which could be mounted on Exakta Varex, Exa II, Pentacon, Praktina and Praktica 35 mm cameras with applicable adapters. Orestegor 5.6/500 could be mounted on Exakta Varex, Exa II, Pentacon, Praktina, Praktica as well as Praktisix medium format SLR.

Some trademarks used for Meyer lenses[]

  • Aristoplan
  • Aristogmat
  • Aristostigmat
  • Diaplan (projection lens)
  • Double Plasmat
  • Domiplan
  • Doppelanastigmat
  • Doppelplasmat / Double-Plasmat
  • Epidon
  • Euryplan
  • Euryplan-Satz
  • Helioplan
  • Kinon Superior (projection lens)
  • Kino-Plasmat and Kinoplasmat
  • Lydith
  • Makroplasmat
  • Megon
  • Omin (projection lens)
  • Orestegon
  • Orestegor
  • Oreston
  • Orestor
  • Plasmat
  • Plasmat-Satz
  • Porträt Trioplan
  • Primagon
  • Primoplan
  • Primotar
  • Repro-Plasmat
  • Satz Plasmat and Satzplasmat
  • Telefogar
  • Tele-Megor and Telemegor
  • Trioplan
  • Triotar
  • Veraplan


See also[]

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Cameras with a fixed Meyer lens[]


  • Fincke H.E.: Das Objektiv deiner Kamera; Fotokinoverlag Halle, Halle, 1959.
  • Naumann H.: Das Auge meiner Kamera; Verlag von Wilhelm Knapp, Halle (Saale), 1951.
  • Puskov V.V.: Poradnik fotograficzny; PWT, Warsaw, 1956.



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