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Meyer-Optik announces the Trioplan 35+ Kickstarter project

Create: 03/11/2017 - 12:08
Trioplan and classic triplet design


  • The Trioplan 35+ joins 50mm and 100mm Trioplans
  • Lens design uses two extra elements
  • Shipments to begin in September 2017

The revived Meyer-Optik Goerlitz is filling out its series of Trioplan lenses with a third lens – a wide-angle optic. Like the previous lenses, it is being backed by a Kickstarter project.

Meyer-Optik says its modest US$10,000 funding goal was reached in six minutes. However, there are various funding packages still available to support the production of this lens.

The Tripoplan 35+ uses an anodized aluminum barrel, while the lens elements will be all glass using premium Schott & Ohara glass. It will have a maximum aperture of f/2.8.

From left, Trioplan 35+, 50mm and 100mm
From left, Meyer-Optik Goerlitz Trioplan 35+, 50mm and 100mm.

The other Trioplans currently available are the f/2.9 50mm and f/2.8 100mm.

Meyer-Optik, which returned to photography in 2014, has taken some liberties with the original design, and here is where the “plus” part of the name comes into play. The company says that this will help to create the "soap bubble bokeh" that is characteristic of this lens. Keep in mind that this effect comes into play when the lens is shot wide open and at shorter distances.

The original lens, as its name indicates, used three elements. The Trioplan 35+ includes an additional two elements, which Meyer-Optik says explains the “+” in its name.

The Trioplan 35+ is a manual-focus lens and will be available in seven mounts for both digital and film cameras. Meyer-Optik hopes to begin shipping the lens to customers in the third quarter of 2017.

The Trioplan 35+ will focus down to 12 inches (0.3 meters). It uses 12 blades to form the aperture and accepts 39mm screw-in filters.

Specifications at this time show that it will be 2.4 x 2 inches (61.5 x 50mm) and weigh about eight ounces (220 grams).

The available lens mounts:

  • Canon EF
  • Nikon F
  • Sony E
  • FujiX
  • Micro Four Thirds
  • M42
  • Pentax-K
  • Leica M (rangefinder not supported/focusing via live view)
  • Leica L , suitable for SL & T mirrorless cameras with manual focus via Live View.

To join the Kickstarter project and to learn more about the Meyer-Optik Trioplan 35+, visit this page:

WATCH: In this video, Dr. Stefan Immes, the founder and leader behind the current Meyer-Optik-Goerlitz lens maker, talks about the inspiration behind the Trioplan 35+.

About the Author

Mike Elek is a longtime journalist and was one of the original editors for The Wall Street Journal Online. He also has worked as a reporter and editor in Pittsburgh; Philadelphia; Vineland, N.J.; Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; New York City; and Hong Kong. He is a U.S. Air Force veteran. He shoots with film and digital cameras.