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Meyer-Optik brings back the Trioplan lens through a Kickstarter campaign

Create: 04/05/2016 - 07:20
Meyer-Optik-Goerlitz f/2.8 100mm Trioplan

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Trioplan lens was first made available in 1916
  • Lens is denoted by its globe-like bokeh
  • Leica M mount version is not rangefinder coupled

Meyer-Optik-Goerlitz, one of Germany’s oldest lens makers, is reviving one of its oldest lenses, the Trioplan, via a Kickstarter campaign.

As its name indicates, the Trioplan is a triplet and uses three lens elements. It made its first appearance in 1916, 20 years after the firm was formed. TheTrioplan is a variant of the Cooke-Triplet, which was designed in 1893 by Harold Dennis Taylor. Meyer-Optik says the Trioplan was one of the first affordable lens designs that allowed high optical correction, an extraordinary sharp center, and a high maximum aperture.

Trioplan sample photoThe Trioplan is known for its globular out-of-focus area, also known as bokeh. Meyer-Optik says it worked to preserve that characteristic. Meyer-Optik refers to it as "soap bubble" bokeh.

The upcoming Trioplan will be an f/2.8 100mm optic. Meyer-Optik says the new lens is “based on the original plans” of the original Trioplan, but added that it will not be a replica and will have its own design.

The first prototype was shown in 2015, and shipping is expected to begin by the end of April 2016.

The Trioplan will be available in all popular digtal mounts: Canon, Nikon, Fuji X, M42, Sony E, Leica M and Micro Four Thirds.

One important thing to note, the Leica M version is not rangefinder coupled. Meyer-Optik says Leica M buyers should use Live View to focus the lens.

Meyer-Optik is taking pre-orders for the lens. A 50 euro deposit will reserve the lens and be applied to its final 1,399 euro price. Once the lens is released to the general public, the price will increase to 1,499 euros.

More information about pre-ordering the lens is available here:
http://www.meyer-optik-goerlitz.com/kickstarter_trioplan/

Here is Meyer-Optik's promotional video for the Trioplan.

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