The company behind Oprema Jena has filed for bankruptcy and applied for de-listing from the German stock exchange. The crowdfunded designs for resurrecting some of the classic lenses that made bokeh character famous are likely to never come to fruition now.
Awhile back I wrote about how excited I was for these new lenses as I love their character of bokeh and some of the looks the vintage lenses provide. I shoot with many old vintage film lenses in my daily work so naturally getting my hands on the new 75mm f/1.5 Biotar and the 58mm Biotar they were producing would be an absolute must.
The Indiegogo page for the Biotar 2.0/58 had reached 287 percent of the necessary goal to produce these, so many people had thought it was a done deal. With that much funding it was sure to happen and I could feel it in my hands already.
Net SE CEO Stefan Immes was reportedly in a serious car accident and without his support, the company has decided to undergo a restructuring process. They will announce by the end of October what is to happen regarding the crowdfunding issue and attempt will be made to deliver the orders that have been placed.
I'll be following this closely to see how it all unfolds. Hopefully the ship can right itself and continue to produce these legendary lenses.