Meyer Optik brings back legendary Trioplan f2.8/100 ‘soap bubble’ bokeh lens with Kickstarter campaign

New crowdfunding campaign to raise $50,000 to recreate, update and remanufacture a classic lens for modern photographers.

Atlanta, GA – June 26, 2015 — Meyer Optik USA, manufacturer of innovative, high-quality photography lenses, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to remanufacture the Trioplan f2.8/100 lens, known for its unique ‘soap bubble’ bokeh and sharp focus. The campaign is live at: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2061029467/bring-back-the-legendary-trioplan-soap-bubble-boke.

With a funding goal of $50,000 to bring the lenses to production, rewards range from $15 to $10,000 with early bird rewards for the lens beginning at $599. When commercially available in Q4 2015 the lens will be available at $1,699 USD.

The Trioplan lens was first manufactured in 1916 in Görlitz in East Germany, as the brainchild of Hugo Meyer and Dr. Paul Rudolph. The new lens follows in the footsteps of this history and tradition and will also be hand-made in Görlitz, at the site of the original Meyer Optik company.

The design of the new Trioplan is engineered to meet today’s photography standards. This includes: high-end, coated glass made by Schott, a circular aperture of 15 steel blades and direct mounts to Canon, Nikon, Fuji X, Sony-E, MFT and M42 mirrorless cameras. The new lens preserves the character of the original lens including the conservation of the Trioplan’s characteristic sharpness and its distinctive circular ‘soap bubble’ bokeh - the unique and striking way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light.

The Meyer Optik team has been working on design plans for the new Trioplan for almost two years, including extensive prototype testing. The new Trioplan design team includes Dr. Wolf-Dieter Prenzel, one of the chief engineers at the original Meyer Optik company.

Dr. Stefan Immes, CEO and creative director of the Trioplan project said: “The original Trioplan is a timeless lens that produces impeccable art. But since its original inception, so much has changed in the world of photography. We wanted to preserve every detail that made the Trioplan so unique and sought after, while forging it state-of-the-art details to make it was it is now. We’re proud of what we’ve created and are so excited to share it with the Kickstarter community.”

The Trioplan lens will mount directly to modern mirrorless cameras including Canon, Nikon, Fuji X, Sony-E, MFT and M42.

Other technical specifications include:

- Optic construction as classic triplet (3 lenses/3 groups)
- Focal distance: 100 mm
- Maximum aperture: 1:2.8 continuous dimming to 1:22
- Iris diaphragm with 15 aperture blades specifically constructed of steel segment belt
- View format: 24 mm x 36 mm (image circle diameter 44 mm)
- View angle: 24°
- Filter: M 52 x 0.75
- Clip-on diameter: 54 mm
- Mounts: M42, Canon, Nikon, Fuji X, Sony-E, MFT

To view the Trioplan f2.8/100 Kickstarter page, please go to: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2061029467/bring-back-the-legendary-trioplan-soap-bubble-boke .
Images taken using the prototype Trioplan lens and the soap bubble bokeh can be downloaded for press use at: xxx.

About Meyer-Optik-Görlitz | http://www.meyer-optik-goerlitz.com
 
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 started manufacturing new lenses under the Meyer-Optik-Görlitz brand in Germany. The new Meyer-Optik-Görlitz team is driven to continue the spirit and tradition of this historic brand, and committed to Meyer-Optik-Görlitz’s traditions: high-quality materials, innovative product design and modern manufacturing techniques.
 
In May 2015, net SE created a new subsidiary, Meyer Optik USA Inc., to distribute Meyer-Optik-Görlitz brands in the Continental USA. Meyer Optik USA is headquartered in Atlanta, GA.
 
net SE is a publicly listed company (NETK), founded in 1997: http://www.netag.de.
 
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