Biotar 75 f1.5 II

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    Focal Length & Aperture: 75mm / f1.5 - f16
    Image-circle diameter: 60mm
    Angle of View: 32°
    Aperture Blades: 15
    Filter diameter: 62mm
    Optics Construction: 6 Elements in 4 Groups
    Minimum object distance: 0,75 m
    Length (depends on mount): 70mm - 95mm
    Weight: 550g - 650g
    Housing: Aluminum / Clear anodized
    Leica-Rangefinder-Coupling: no (LiveView mandatory)
One of the most famous lenses in history In the 1930s, the ingenious designer... more


One of the most famous lenses in history

In the 1930s, the ingenious designer Willi Merté developed the original Biotar 75 f1.5. In no time, the lens gained a legendary reputation and achieved great success. However, due to World War II and the high production costs for the time, production of the popular Biotar 75 was discontinued quite soon. Its great popularity and the simultaneous small number of well-preserved copies make the Biotar 75 an extremely rare lens.


The legendary Biotar bokeh

The high image sharpness in the center, coupled with a strong swirly bokeh, are the legendary imaging characteristics of the Biotar 75 f1.5 II. In swirly bokeh, highlights in the background are rendered in a circular shape and appear as if they have been drawn into a vortex. The sharpness in the center of the image and the wonderfully drawn bokeh in the blur give the subject a slightly three-dimensional feel. At the same time, the overall image appears somewhat delicate, which can create a great contrast in available light situations with clear shadows and highlights in the background.


Strong performance included

Even when stopped down minimally (from f2.0), the Biotar 75 f1.5 II produces even more contrast, and between f/5.6 and f/8, the Biotar 75 f1.5 II reaches its maximum sharpness. In this respect, it makes many comparatively 'young' lenses look very old. Likewise, the color reproduction of the lens is very harmonious and balanced. Due to its almost apochromatic construction, there are no lateral chromatic aberrations, for example. Many photographers rave about the Biotar 75 f1.5 II and its capabilities that, going beyond portrait photography, can also be used perfectly in landscape and nature photography. Likewise, many wonderful fashion, sports, wedding, architecture and even macro shots are created with the Biotar 75 f1.5 II.


New version of the historic Biotar 75

Capturing the historical imaging capabilities of the original Biotar 75 while optimizing the lens using state-of-the-art technologies was the main goal in redesigning our Biotar 75 f1.5 II. Thus, after intensive analysis and development, as well as several prototype tests, the best optical glass, a special AR coating and high-precision manufactured mechanical components are used. A look at the optical construction reveals directly that it is still a double Gaussian lens with 6 lenses in 4 groups.


Your chance for an even better Biotar 75

The Biotar 75 was considered the fastest portrait lens of its time, and not many faster lenses were made over the years. Due to its rather high price at the time the lens was only produced in relatively small numbers and lenses are correspondingly rare today. Our new Biotar 75 f1.5 II offers the legendary imaging capabilities of the original and has even been improved in some areas, such as sharpness and contrast.

Convince yourself!