Meyer Optik Trioplan 100mm f/2.8 lens for DSLR and mirrorless cameras is now on Kickstarter

The guys from Meyer Optik contacted me to share their new Kickstarter project for the remake of the legendary "soap bubble bokeh" Trioplan 100mm f/2.8 lens that I already reported few months ago:

The new Trioplan will be available in Canon, Fuji X, Nikon, M42, Micro Four Thirds and Sony E mounts. So far the KS project has collected over $20k from their $50k goal. I also received some information that there will be more interesting lens designs coming from the company in the future. Meyer Optik currently has several different lenses for Nikon and Canon DSLR cameras. Meyer Optik lenses are available on eBay.

Update: some sample images taken with the new lens can be found here.

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  • Hubertus Bigend

    So selling rebadged Mitakon lenses for a massive surcharge didn’t earn them enough money to finance the production of the Trioplan?

    • Are we sure those are rebadged lenses?

      • Hubertus Bigend

        Quite sure; from what I remember German websites have reported, the “Meyer Optik Görlitz” people have more or less admitted to it. The one major difference seems to be that they’re black lenses with silver focus and F-stop rings, instead of either completely black or completely silver lenses, like Mitakon sells them… I wouldn’t totally rule out that the “Meyer Optik” versions maybe go through slightly harder quality control, but I wouldn’t bet my life on it, either.

        The Trioplan, though, will be something completely different.

        • So somebody purchased the brand name and is now trying to market it with rebadged products?

      • Mistral75

        Figmentum 35mm f/2, Figmentum 85mm f/2, Nocturnus 35mm f/0.95 and Nocturnus 50mm f/0.95 (these two for mirrorless cameras) are rebadged Mitakons: Creator 35mm f/2, Creator 85mm f/2, Speedmaster 35mm f/0.95 and Speedmaster 50mm f/0.95 respectively.

        Somnium 85mm f/1.5 is a rebadged Helios-40-2 85mm f/1.5.

    • Mistral75

      You wouldn’t like them to invest their own money in designing a lens, would you?

      • Hubertus Bigend

        Why wouldn’t I? I don’t understand the question.

        • Mistral75

          I think I forgot the obvious: a smiley.

  • a-traveler

    There seems to be two types of Kickstarter projects.

    One is from the dreamers, many of who who have Little or No experience in producing a product. Many of these never deliver the promised product, or deliver it way beyond schedule. Often the delivered product doesn’t live up to the hype. There is one photo-product that interests me, that is two years late on delivery.

    The other projects come from established companies. For instance, Lomo who has been around for years, financed the successful 85mm Petzwal through Ks. It now has a Ks project to finance the 58mm Petzwal.

  • fjfjjj

    “The new Trioplan will incorporate high-end coated glass lenses made by Schott, giving the new Trioplan… improved sharpness”

    Nope, that’s not how sharpness works, kids.

    “100% aluminium differential thread which is noiseless”

    Aluminum friction parts wear out fast.

    Hipster dipsticks. Kickstart suckers. Same old story.

    • Hristiyan Stoyanov

      They say “aluminum” but nobody uses it. It is soft and wears easily. I guess it will be an alloy. The old glasses are not available of course. They have to replace them with newer. In this case they will recalculate the system. Which could lead to more sharpness theoreticaly.

    • Hubertus Bigend

      If I’m not mistaken, Minolta replaced the combination of aluminum and brass parts with aluminum-only for many of their last lenses in their manual focus lens lineup. While the change was clearly motivated by the wish to save money (and, of course, to make the lenses lighter), and while some people do claim these lenses’ focus rings didn’t run quite as smooth as earlier designs, I always found the differences to be imaginary. Whatever: Most of these lenses still are in excellent working order, although they’re 35~40 years old now, and most significantly with no signs of wear in the threads.

      If you have really old aluminum lenses with focus rings that do not run smoothly anymore, it’s most probably a problem of grease and dirt, not so much wear.

      • Les

        I’ve seen lots of cheap aluminum-threaded lenses that have excessive play. It’s not something that can be fixed with extra grease.

        • Hubertus Bigend

          True, but my guess would be that it’s not just the choice of material that caused the play in those cases. There are too many well-used and old-but-still-good lenses made from aluminum out there.

    • I don’t get it. Pentax Limited lenses, including the latest HD DA versions, use aluminum construction and everyone praises their build quality.

      The glass technology that existed about 100 years ago is nowhere near as good as what exists today. There’s a much larger selection of high-quality optical glass these days. With better glass, there’s going to be less chromatic aberration, which in turn means better sharpness.

      The company is a startup, and aims to carve out its own niche in the specialty lens market. This isn’t an issue.

  • Zos Xavius

    Why not just buy the original? Its a much more beautiful lens anyways. This new copy looks awful IMO.

  • Fountainhead

    One thing they’ve cased out is the pricing strategy.
    The first Kickstarter lenses were offered at $600.
    Make no mistake: IMO $600 is too much.
    But they may sell more if people think they are getting a deal.

  • nguyen manh

    if it worth 1400€ … at least have 1.2 apeture … 🙂

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