The new Meyer Optik Gorlitz Trioplan 35mm f/2.8 lens is now on Kickstarter

The Meyer Optik Gorlitz teaser was for a new Trioplan 35mm f/2.8 lens that is already listed on Kickstarter and has reached its funding goal of $50k in just a few minutes.The Trioplan 35+ is the final lens of the Trioplan Trilogy, which includes also the Trioplan 100mm f/2.8 and the 50mm f/2.9:

The Trioplan 35+ is expected to be available at the retail price of $1,599 later this year but Kickstarter backers can secure the lens for a much lower investment. What backers will get is a groundbreaking lens.

Previously, it was thought too difficult to achieve the soap bubble effect in a wide angle lens. But Meyer-Optik engineers designed the new lens according to the historic Cook Triplet design but added two elements to boost the lens. The extra two lens elements is why Meyer-Optik decided to add the "+" to the name of the lens.

Update: Red, green and blue versions of the lens will be offered for certain support levels on Kickstarter:

Here is the technical data of the lens prototype:

  • Focal length: 35 mm
  • Aperture: 1:2,8, - 1:22
  • Angle: +/- 31,5°
  • Focusing Distance ∞ to 0,3 m
  • Clip on diameter:  41 mm
  • Filter Diameter: M 39 x 0,75
  • Size: Ø 61,5 mm x 50 mm
  • Weight: ca. 220g
  • Aperture blades: 12

The Trioplan 35mm f/2.8 lens will be available in the following mounts:

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

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  • Christopher J. May

    It still boggles my mind that they can charge that amount of money for a simple triplet. I realize it’s a unique lens but dang…$1600 can buy a really nice 35mm lens that isn’t just a one trick pony like the Trioplans are.

    • Les

      It’s not a simple triplet. They “added two elements to boost the lens,” making it the world’s first five element triplet!

      Obviously, the name and construction isn’t all that important. If you like the lens’s look, then it’s not so expensive. If it’s not your style, then it’s too much money, and it would be at any price.

      • johnny

        When people call it triplet, it means 3 elements. How can 5 elements being called triplet?

        • ZMWT


        • Jeffry De Meyer

          2 of them are conjoined

        • Licheus

          It’s not a Triplet, technically it’s a Triplet-derived variant called Primoplan, historically used by Meyer. That’s why they call the current one Trioplan.

          Still, I think it’s way overpriced. The sample images show too much post production that the optical characteristics are barely noticeable (saves for the aberration), from which we can tell what kind of audience it’s targeting…

          • johnny

            Thanks for the info.

  • Spy Black

    From the “there’s a sucker born every minute” department…

  • Curiousmonga

    another piece of overpriced junk with sample images that have been processed to death

  • Deryk

    Hey, if people are willing to buy them at such price points, why not? If sales dwindle, prices will drop.

  • sausage_grinder

    Why do these Meyer Optik releases make me so angry?

    • Curiousmonga

      you’re not alone, but like the old saying goes, a fool and his money are soon parted..

      • sausage_grinder

        Starting a list on this thread of 35mm’s that are better/cost less than $1600/are faster/have more character than this overpriced nonsense lens. To start: Pentax FA 35mm f/2 AL and 35mm f/2 Summicron 6 element.

        • Markintosh_x

          not 35, but 40mm Voigtlander Ultron II f/2

        • Licheus

          The MS-optic 35/1.4, still available new, is priced slightly lower and has tonnes of characteristics. You even get an adjustment lever for that.

          For used, get the magical pre-ASPH 35 Summilux.

          Or even the Lomo Minitar 32/2.8…fun, solid, and way cheaper.

        • Heck, even the Canon 35/1.4 L II is $1649 brand SPANKIN’ new at B&H. These guys are crazy, but crazier still are those who buy such overpriced junk like the “Meyer-Optik” lenses. Their rate of overpricedness is higher than Leica’s – at least the Leica lenses are (mostly) good designs, just not for everyone due to being MF and pricey.

        • peter w

          “have more character”
          I guess that leaves the Sigma 35 f1,4 out, hardly any character.

          The Nikkor 35 F2 AF-D has character. The kind of character that makes me like the Sigma way better, Even accounting for the huge difference in weight and size.
          The Nikkor AF-S 35 F1,8 FX has cheapo character, with the play in the focus ring. Does that count as character?

        • johnny

          “character” is the excuse for optical failure

  • peevee

    A sucker is born every minute.

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