Meyer-Optik Gorlitz, a company known for launching fancy lenses, has launched a campaign on Kickstarter which is aimed at bringing back to life the Trioplan 50mm f/2.9 soap bubble prime lens.
Back in the golden era of film photography, Trioplan lenses were known for their bokeh effects. They were considered a bit too much by some, but others believed that they were simply perfect.
Well, Meyer-Optik Gorlitz has decided to allow this series to make a successful comeback to the market. First, the company launched the Trioplan 100mm f/2.8 telephoto lens on Kickstarter. The campaign received the funding from the users, so now it is time for another project.
The target is a modern Trioplan 50mm f/2.9 lens, which is here as a celebration of Trioplan’s centennial. The project is now up on popular the crowd-funding website and it has already been funded.
Meyer-Optik Gorlitz introduces modern Trioplan 50mm f/2.9 lens
This lens has a famous nickname: the soap bubble bokeh lens. The name was given thanks to its overdone bokeh effects. It is a great product for portrait photography, albeit it can be used for other purposes, too.
Meyer-Optik Gorlitz says that the optic comes packed with a secondary front focus element. Despite this fact, the product remains compact and lightweight. According to the announcement, the new Trioplan 50mm f/2.9 lens weighs only 200 grams / 7 ounces.
The front focus element can be moved, thus allowing photographers to focus on subjects located at a distance slightly under 30 centimeters. As a result, the manufacturer says that it can be used for macro photography.
Its main goal is to make bokeh balls create a swirling effect in the corners. However, contrast and image sharpness have been turned up a notch, so that that quality of your shots reaches the highest levels yet for a Trioplan-series product.
Kickstarter campaign has been funded successfully in less than one day
The company has confirmed that the Trioplan 50mm f/2.9 lens will be released in Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fujifilm, Micro Four Thirds, M42, and Leica M mounts. It is worth noting that the rangefinder of Leica cameras will not be supported, meaning that users will have to rely on the Live View mode to focus.
The project had a goal of $50,000. Well, in less than 24 hours, it has been exceeded, as more than $200,000 have been pledged to the cause at the time of writing this article.
After the Kickstarter campaign, the optic will retail for a price of $1,299. Although the early bird units are gone, you can still get the lens for $599 if you hurry.