Meopta Meogon S 50/2.8 [V3a]

Five-element lanthanum glass enlarger lens made in Czech Republic. [V3] has upper-case ‘MEOGON’ on fascia, matching fine knurling on dual dials and multicoating. Four digit serials beginning 9xxx are probably earlier than five-digit serials beginning 0xxxx. Russian and Eastern Europe examples are seen with low four digit serials (ie, 1282, 0324) outside the main sequence. Meopta recommends optimal performance at f5.6. [Cat 392 821 110 361].

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Weight 95 g
Dimensions 50 mm
Focal Length (mm)

50

Max Aperture (f)

2.8

Min Aperture (f)

22

Aperture Type

Curved 5

Elements

5 / 4

Sharp (Near)

89.3%

Sharp (Far)

87.6%

Rear Mount

M39

Flange-Focal Distance (mm)

45

Extension (mm)

25

Serial Numbers

03934, 9309

Production

c.1987-1993

Reviews

  1. 16:9

    The fast little Meogon scores only Silver, but it’s the merest whisker (eg, slightly better long range Zone 3 performance) from a Gold award. The build quality is excellent although the typical Meogon push-pull click-clutch can wear sloppy over time.

    The images it generates as a taking lens would have you believe the Meogon is a rebranded Rodagon 50/2.8 V3: the resolution scores, diaphragm type, and bokeh are very similar. Performance certainly isn’t harmed by the absence of what Luc-Besson never called the sixth element. Meopta would rightfully resent a description of their Meogons as “one element short of a Rodagon”; in the case of the 80mm lenses, the Meoptas are a notch better corrected. But among the many excellent options available, this 50mm is best described as ‘another one’.

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