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Meyer-Optik is back with another Trioplan Kickstarter campaign

Create: 04/19/2016 - 22:15
Meyer-Optik-Goerlitz f/2.9 50mm Trioplan


  • Second Trioplan to return to production via a Kickstarter campaign
  • Front element can be extended for closeups
  • Lens expected to begin shipping in early 2017

If one Trioplan is good news for photography, then a second Trioplan is even better news.

The f/2.9 50mm Trioplan by Meyer-Optik-Goerlitz follows on the heels of the f/2.8 100mm optic. And like the 100mm lens, this one is getting out of the gates via a Kickstarter campaign, which has close to 600 backers as of the date of this article.

The revival of this lens comes on the 100th anniversary of the original Trioplan. Meyer-Optik says the Trioplan became one of photography’s most popular lenses and helped turn the company into a “leading German lens manufacturer, rivaling even Zeiss.”

The 50mm Trioplan is a triplet with a twist. In this case, you can extend the front element, and the close focus distance becomes 0.28 meters (11 inches) rather than 0.8 meters (31.5 inches). For those who like to shoot close up and closeups, this is an appealing feature. It’s similar to having a permanent built-in extension tube.

Meyer-Optik says the new lens will retain the “soap-bubble” bokeh of the original lens. Both of the Trioplans will be made in Germany.

The lens will be available in these mounts:

  • Canon EOS EF
  • Nikon F
  • Sony E-mount
  • Fujifilm X
  • Micro Four Thirds
  • M42 screw mount
  • Leica M. The lens is not rangefinder coupled. Focusing the lens will require using Live View or a handheld rangefinder.

The lens will begin shipping early in 2017. After the Kickstarter campaign ends, the suggested price will be about US$1,299.

To read more about the Kickstarter campaign and to see some sample photos, visit this page:


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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.