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Meyer Optik Görlitz Survives Under New Ownership
By Ian Bongso-Seldrup, December 13, 2018 @ 09:00 PM (EST)
Source: Mirrorless Rumors

If you’ve read Enrico Somogyi’s DPG article, “Creative Underwater Photography with Swirls and Bubbles”—and you really should if you haven’t—you’ll be familiar with the beautiful bokeh characteristics of Meyer Optik Görlitz’s legendary lenses like the Trioplan f/2.9 50mm. So you may have been sad to hear, a few months ago, about the impending demise of Meyer Optik Görlitz as the company behind the iconic brand, NetSE, filed for bankruptcy. Now, it seems, that fate has been averted with the announcement that OPC Optics (Precision Components Europe GmbH) has acquired the trademark rights to Meyer Optik Görlitz during the insolvency of NetSE.

A quick Google translation of the German company’s German press release and there’s good news and bad news. The good news is that OPC Optics “will now do Meyer Optik lenses again.” The bad news is that “if you had a lens on preorder on Kickstarter/indiegogo you will NOT get your money back.” OPC Optics, it seems, acquired the brand name but not the NetSE company that is “behind all that mess.” But there is, nevertheless, a silver lining for the backers of the ill-fated crowdfunding campaigns: As Google puts it, the new owners are “considering you to give those people a discount on future lens purchases.”

OPC Optics, which makes spherical and aspherical lenses, hopes to use the Meyer Optik Görlitz brand as a way into consumer markets, but it will be using traditional sales channels, rather than attempting to use the preordering or crowdfunding that got NetSE into trouble. It will interesting to see how that strategy pays off.

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