Meyer-Optik Görlitz’s Final 50mm Trioplan Push Has Begun

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Earlier this month we were given the opportunity to interview Dr. Prenzel from Meyer-Optik Görlitz. They are about to entering the final 24hrs of their kickstarter campaign for the Trioplan f2.9/50 with over $650,000 raised. If you’re interested in getting an early discounted lens package now is the time to add your support.

Press Release:
Trioplan f2.9/50 Kickstarter Campaign Surges Past $650,000, 1000 Supporters 

Just 24 Hours Remain in Meyer-Optik Görlitz’s Historic Fundraiser

Atlanta, GA – With just 24 hours remaining in Meyer-Optik Görlitz’s historic Kickstarter to fund the Trioplan f2.9/50, the lens has surpassed more than 1000 backers and more than $650,000 pledged to the campaign. The numbers represent 13x Meyer-Optik’s original funding goal for the versatile soap bubble bokeh lens.

The first Trioplan lens was released 100 years ago in Görlitz, Germany. Meyer-Optik stopped producing the lenses in the 1970s when it was observed into Zeiss. Now under the guidance of Net SE, the triumphant return of Meyer-Optik and its famous Trioplan lenses are assured.

“It has been a great month for people who love the Trioplan’s soap bubble bokeh and art lenses in general,” said Dr. Stefan Immes, CEO and creative director of the project. “The Meyer-Optik team is thrilled to see the photography community’s response, and we take our backers’ trust seriously. We are proud to restore the Meyer-Optik brand and its artistic lenses to the market.”

After last year’s successful Trioplan f2.8/100 Kickstarter and its return to the market earlier this year, the Trioplan f2.9/50 is the second and most technologically innovative member of the family. The Trioplan f2.9/50 is more than just a historic lens design, blending new design, modern materials, and handmade in Germany with precision processes.

The Trioplan f2.9/50 features a new built-in front focusing lens that provides a macro capability of 1:4 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.

As part of the Kickstarter campaign, Meyer-Optik announced it will develop a prototype lens, the third member of the Trioplan. Backers of the Triple Play bundle will get early access to a prototype of the new lens, and become a Meyer-Optik tester provided that they sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA).

The ultra compact Trioplan 50 Kickstarter ends tomorrow May 19 at noon Central European Time. Meyer-Optik expects the lens will retail for $1,299 once Kickstarter fulfillment is completed next winter. Kickstarter backers are purchasing the Trioplan f2.9/50 at an extraordinary low price, approximately half the retail price of the lens.

The Trioplan f2.9/50 lens is now available with mounts for:

  • Canon EF
  • Nikon F
  • Sony-E
  • FujiX
  • Leica L
  • Leica M (rangefinder not supported/focusing via live view)
  • Micro-Four-Thirds
  • M42
  • 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

About Meyer-Optik-Görlitz  

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.

In May 2015, net SE created a new subsidiary, Meyer-Optik USA Inc. headquartered in Atlanta, GA. Meyer-Optik USA is online at and on Facebook and Twitter.

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  • nwcs

    Amazing they have that many people interested in a not-so-great lens. But good for them. Hope it all works out.

    • I think people that buy lenses for character are an under represented group in mainstream photography. Eg there are Leica shooters that just own the latest lux or cron line and there are Leica people that own 7 different 50mm for a look. If I had unlimited funds I would probably own every gen of Leica lens and quite a few unique lenses. I enjoy glass with character.

      Fujifilm doesnt have several generations of lenses to pick from yet, but as the system ages people that have been with them since the beginning will either have preferences or will begin to collect 2-5 35mm lenses etc…

      • nwcs

        I can certainly understand the character and look aspect. It’s just that these particular ones are very particular. But as I said, best wishes to them. Hope it works out.