There are several reasons why I like the Meyer-Optik Gorlitz Oreston f1.8 50mm.
One reason is the over the top manner in which it renders bokeh – set as wide open as the lens allows and the bokeh rivets the viewers attention.
Depending on the desired effect bokeh can either be subtle or bold – neither of these photos demonstrate the opposite poles, but the first one hints at the way it which can address DOF.
I have some examples of the bokeh I’ll root around on the external and find to post as a follow up.
Another is depending on aperture and or post editing this is a lens capable of producing an ethereal softness related to the primary subject of focus.
Like all lenses as you stop down up to a certain point it becomes progressively sharper, and it can get plenty sharp – at times I’ve actually dialed back focus a notch or two to achieve a desired effect though that isn’t the norm.
The Meyer is an all manual lens that some will shy away from due to it’s manual nature, but it is also a superbly constructed lens made when plastic was seen as a poor substitute for metal and can be purchased for a song relative to it’s capabilities.
My copy is several decades old and functions smooth as silk – that speaks to quality control and craftsmanship.