Nine Days Remain in Meyer-Optik’s Historic Kickstarter Campaign to Return Legendary Trioplan f2.9/50
New Front Focusing Lens Attracts More than 850 Backers, $550,000 in Funding
Atlanta, GA – May 10, 2016 – Less than nine days remain to back Meyer-Optik Görlitz’s historic Kickstarter to fund the Trioplan f2.9/50. More than 850 backers have pledged more than $550,000 to the campaign -- 11x Meyer-Optik’s original funding goal -- assuring the triumphant return of the versatile soap bubble bokeh lens.
Much of the success of the new 2016 Trioplan f2.9/50 is attributed to the new built-in front focusing lens that provides a macro capability of 1:4. The new innovative front focus lens for the Trioplan f2.9/50 gives users a second way to focus, and reduces the minimum focusing distance to 0,28 m from the original 0,8m. Since the Kickstarter launched, the new Trioplan f2.9/50 front focusing element has been featured on PetaPixel, Photography Blog, and Fuji Rumors.
“We are thrilled that the photography community has welcomed our newest Trioplan lens with such fervor,” said Dr. Stefan Immes, CEO and creative director of the project. “The front focusing element really adds a new level of versatility, taking what would already be a fantastic street and travel lens, and extending it to make the Trioplan 50 a great lens for portraiture, nature and macro photography, too. Add the Trioplan’s unique legendary soap bubble bokeh, and we have an undeniable hit.”
The ultra compact Trioplan 50 Kickstarter continues until May 19, noon Central European Time. Kickstarter backers are still able to fund the lens and get it at an extraordinary low price, starting at $599. Meyer-Optik expects the lens will retail for $1,299 once Kickstarter fulfillment is completed next winter.
Demand for the lens has been so strong that Meyer-Optik has already preannounced a new Trioplan lens that will be added to its line-up next year. Kickstarter backers who select the triple-play package and sign a confidentiality agreement will join the Meyer-Optik testing program, and get the last Trioplan a few months ahead of time.
The 2017 Trioplan will be the third and final lens in the restored Trioplan line-up. Last year 452 backers made history and committed $359,000 to return the legendary Trioplan 100 with its soap bubble bokeh to the marketplace.
In addition, Meyer-Optik added Leica L and Pentax K mount versions of the Trioplan f2.9/50 to the current Kickstarter. The new lens is now available with mounts for:
- Canon EF
- Nikon F
- Leica L
- Leica M (rangefinder not supported/focusing via live view)
- Pentax K
The new Trioplan 50 is compatible with full format cameras and APSC (mirrorless) cameras. Here are some more tech specs at a glance:
- Optical Construction: Classical Cooke Triplet, 3 lenses in 3 groups
- Aperture: 1:2,9 to 1:22
- Focal length: 50mm
- Minimum Focusing Distance: 0,25 m using the front focusing mechanism (ß‘=-0,245 / 1:4)
- Filter: 35,5mm
- Clip-On Diameter: 39mm
- Size: Ø 62 mm, length 39 mm
- Weight: 200g
- Number of Aperture Blades: 12, AR-coated
- Lenses: Anti Reflex Coating/ Supplier: Schott Glas
- Format: 24 mm x 36 mm (Compatible with Full format and APSC Cameras)
- Angle: 21°
- Image Ratio: up to 1:4 using the front focusing element
A brand with a proud tradition and reputation for exceptional products, Meyer-Optik-Görlitz started manufacturing innovative, high-quality lenses in Germany in 1896. In 2014, net SE revived the traditional spirit of the lenses once known throughout the world and started developing new lenses under the Meyer-Optik-Görlitz brand in Germany. Manufacturing handmade lenses started in 2015 with first generation prototypes. Serial production began in early 2016.