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At Meyer-Optik, we love emotional, artistic pictures. Pictures that capture the moment as a whole, with all its emotion, spirit and feeling.  In recent years, photography has become more and more a technical discipline, where there’s a real thrill of getting more and more pixels pressed into a single inch. 

Despite how exciting technical achievement is, and how much we support it, we truly see photography as an art, instead of something used only to achieve realism.

We think of photography as art with all its beauty and emotions.  This is why we have re-created the legendary Trioplan “Soap Bubble Bokeh” lenses, for their incomparable ability to add emotions to your pictures. As the last step, we will build the last chapter of our Trioplan Trilogy, the Trioplan 35+. This lens will reflect all our knowledge, our experience and our passion as a lens manufacturer.
You are very welcome to join this new exciting "soap bubble" journey with us.

Lens: Trioplan 35+, Photographer: Firat Bagdu
Lens: Trioplan 35+, Photographer: Firat Bagdu

 

Lens: Trioplan 35+, Photographer: Tamara Skudies
Lens: Trioplan 35+, Photographer: Tamara Skudies

 

 

Lens: Trioplan 35+, Photographer: Firat Bagdu
Lens: Trioplan 35+, Photographer: Firat Bagdu

 

Lens: Trioplan 35+, Photographer: Firat Bagdu
Lens: Trioplan 35+, Photographer: Firat Bagdu

 

The 35mm focal length is popular for its ability to tell stories, show people in their environments and capture context - the perfect documentary lens. This is why we want the Trioplan 35 to be the final chapter to complete our Trioplan lens Trilogy.

Conveying emotion is essential, especially when telling a great story. How do you capture the wind, subtle lights and atmosphere in your picture? How do you capture the spirit of a moment? Here is how our new Trioplan 35 answers these questions:

Lens: Trioplan 35+, Photographer: Firat Bagdu
Lens: Trioplan 35+, Photographer: Firat Bagdu

 

Lens: Trioplan 35+, Photographer: Firat Bagdu
Lens: Trioplan 35+, Photographer: Firat Bagdu

 

Lens: Trioplan 35+, Photographer: Firat Bagdu
Lens: Trioplan 35+, Photographer: Firat Bagdu

 

Is it a painting or a photograph? If you have to think twice as we have, you have found one of the coolest creative possibilities of this lens. The true essence of photography is not trying to recreate reality but to paint with light.

Lens: Trioplan 35+, Photographer: Firat Bagdu
Lens: Trioplan 35+, Photographer: Firat Bagdu

 

Lens: Trioplan 35+, Photographer: Tamara Skudies
Lens: Trioplan 35+, Photographer: Tamara Skudies

 

Lens: Trioplan 35+, Photographer: Firat Bagdu
Lens: Trioplan 35+, Photographer: Firat Bagdu

 

Lens: Trioplan 35+, Photographer: Tamara Skudies
Lens: Trioplan 35+, Photographer: Tamara Skudies

 

The Trioplan 35+ is the perfect travel, street and nature photography lens. A lens that captures your story in your picture. How does this actually differ from other lenses, you might ask?

Well, normally lenses for documentary photography often only focus on reproduction of the visible. The Trioplan 35+ is completely different. It can capture memories, impressions and the spirit of a situation.

Lens: Trioplan 35+, Photographer: Firat Bagdu
Lens: Trioplan 35+, Photographer: Firat Bagdu

 

 

Lens: Trioplan 35+, Photographer: Benedikt Hartmann
Lens: Trioplan 35+, Photographer: Benedikt Hartmann

 

Even if a 35mm lens does not seem to be the classical focal length for portraits, the short minimum focus distance of 30 cm is great to get close to the subject.
The lens is extremely compact and a very discreet tool in your hands. It helps you to stay in touch with the person you are shooting without distracting or annoying him by putting a huge lens in his face. Our test photographers were really thrilled with the portraits they created with our Trioplan 35+.

Lens: Trioplan 35+, Photographer: Firat Bagdu
Lens: Trioplan 35+, Photographer: Firat Bagdu

 

Lens: Trioplan 35+, Photographer: Benedikt Ernst
Lens: Trioplan 35+, Photographer: Benedikt Ernst

 

Lens: Trioplan 35+, Photographer: Firat Bagdu
Lens: Trioplan 35+, Photographer: Firat Bagdu

 

Lens: Trioplan 35+, Photographer: Firat Bagdu
Lens: Trioplan 35+, Photographer: Firat Bagdu

 

The options our new Trioplan 35+ offers nature photographers are as boundless as nature itself.
Would you like to try it for a sharp landscape shot or an artsy close up? If you cannot make this decision easily, you could simply try both.

Lens: Trioplan 35+, Photographer: Firat Bagdu
Lens: Trioplan 35+, Photographer: Firat Bagdu

 

Lens: Trioplan 35+, Photographer: Tamara Skudies
Lens: Trioplan 35+, Photographer: Tamara Skudies

 

Lens: Trioplan 35+, Photographer: Raffaele Horstmann
Lens: Trioplan 35+, Photographer: Raffaele Horstmann

 

Lens: Trioplan 35+, Photographer: Tamara Skudies
Lens: Trioplan 35+, Photographer: Tamara Skudies

 

Lens: Trioplan 35+, Photographer: Tamara Skudies
Lens: Trioplan 35+, Photographer: Tamara Skudies

 

Even if Trioplan photography is often referred to as “soap bubbles,” the Trioplan is more than just that. Did you ever think of a lens as the photographer's paintbrush - a tool for expressing creativity in pictures? 

Then Trioplan 35+ will have a great chance to become your all-time favorite lens. It offers incomparable creative assets. In addition to the soap bubble bokeh, we absolutely love its ability to soften the background - a very subtle rendering, making it look like it was actually painted.
Soap Bubbles and a lot of more: Trioplan 35+ f2.8 - the first wide-angle Art Lens:

In our preceding Kickstarter projects, with our Trioplan 100 f2.8 and Trioplan 50 f2.9, we allowed photographers all over the world to create fascinating pictures with the re-construction of historic rioplan lenses, especially known for the famous and artistic “soap bubble bokeh.” 

Now, with your help, we'll bring the fantastic bokeh to a wider angle.

Lens: Trioplan 35+, Photographer: Firat Bagdu
Lens: Trioplan 35+, Photographer: Firat Bagdu

 

out of focus backlights turn to bubbles in the background
out of focus backlights turn to bubbles in the background

  

The "paint brush" Bokeh shows in the background. Lens: Trioplan 35+, Photographer: Benedikt Hartmann
The "paint brush" Bokeh shows in the background. Lens: Trioplan 35+, Photographer: Benedikt Hartmann

 

wide open at f2.8 soap bubbles appear in backlit situations.
wide open at f2.8 soap bubbles appear in backlit situations.
 

The history of the Trioplan lenses started 101 years back in Görlitz, Germany.

It was developed by Meyer-Optik in 1916. The construction was based on the Cooke-Triplet designed by Harold Dennis Taylor in 1893.

At the time, the lens was known for its extraordinary center sharpness. A real revolution for its time. A century later, Trioplan lenses have become synonymous for unique bokeh, the “soap bubble bokeh” and its special rendering and how it displays colors.
classical Triplet Construction
classical Triplet Construction

 

The Trioplan 35+ is a brand new lens, based on the Cook-Triplet. Although, it had a predecessor, the ancient Trioplan 35mm/1.8" inch was made for Normal 8 films and was rather a tele than a wide angle lens. The new Trioplan 35+ is developed for the use on full-format sensors, but with the intent of keeping all the wonderful aspects of the original lens design. To maintain the original optical character in a wide angle lens, which is indeed a technical challenge, we have added two additional elements to the front. This is why we call it the Trioplan 35+. 

Here is the technical data of our prototype:

Focal length: 35 mm
Aperture: 1:2,8, - 1:22
Angle: +/- 31,5° 
Focussing 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
Focus: Manual

It will be available with mounts for:

  • Canon EF 
  • Nikon F 
  • Sony E
  • FujiX 
  • 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)

 

All of our lenses are handmade in Germany, designed in Görlitz. So is the Trioplan 35+. In our short history -- the Meyer-Optik brand was revived only 3 years ago -- we have already been awarded several times for outstanding build quality.

As a result of this commitment, the new Trioplan 35+ will be made of the finest materials. It comes with a carefully anodized aluminium housing, and special coated glass lenses from Schott and Ohara. 12 aperture blades create the circular bokeh.

To give you a little insight into our production, the following pictures show the production of our Trioplan 50 (which is shipping to Kickstarter backers, while you are reading this campaign)

 Available Color Options:

The color options are available as additional pledge levels and strictly limited in quantity
The color options are available as additional pledge levels and strictly limited in quantity

Shipping information

The new Trioplan 35+ will be available worldwide. To minimize shipping costs, our rewards will either ship from the U.S. or from Germany, depending on your - our supporter's – location.

Since local regulations vary, please note that we cannot be held responsible for additional sales taxes or import/customs fees added by your country.

Deliveries to the U.S.: Shipping costs of the lenses in the U.S. are $10 USD. For most deliveries inside the U.S., there is no additional fee besides shipping costs. Since we have a shipping hub in Reno, Nevada and an office in Atlanta, Georgia, for deliveries to these states, the local sales tax applies. Please note that sales tax is not included and must be added in line with local regulations.

Deliveries to the European Union: Shipping costs within the European Union are $10 USD. For our supporters from the European Union, please note that VAT is not included. So please add an extra of 19% (VAT Germany) to your pledge for deliveries within the European Union. For deliveries to Norway, Liechtenstein and Switzerland the shipping costs are $10 USD.

Deliveries outside U.S. and the European Union: For deliveries to regions outside U.S. or the European Union – besides Norway, Liechtenstein and Switzerland – the shipping costs are $50 USD.

Please note there may be extra import costs/customs/taxes to pay upon delivery, depending on your location. If you have a question about shipping or handling, please don’t hesitate to contact us! If you have forgotten to add VAT/sales tax to your pledge, you can just raise it as long as the Kickstarter project is live.

With your help we have been able to establish Meyer-Optik as a lens manufacturer on the market. Our lenses are all handmade, produced in small quantities. In addition, we are still a start-up in only our fourth year; every portfolio expansion -- every additional lens -- requires investments in our infrastructure. The crowdfunding project allows us to make those improvements. We invest the contributions of our backers into further projects and our permanent improvement.

Risks and challenges

Any new venture or innovation includes an element of risk. The Trioplan 35+ is no different.

Meyer Optik has a strong and experienced team of manufacturing, photography and business professionals. We have carefully evaluated and mitigated all foreseeable risks and challenges, but may face unforeseen events. Although we have already successfully designed, created and tested the several prototypes of the lens, and each of the final lenses will be hand-made in Germany, we have not yet started serial production and will only do so once we reach the next stage of our project. Each lens is carefully made and is of high-value and we will take extra precautions to ensure each one is shipped carefully.

Our delivery dates, as outlined in the campaign, are based on careful planning and our manufacturing experience with the Trioplan 100 Kickstarter, but may change due to materials, suppliers and unforeseen events. We will ensure that we keep each of our supporters fully updated. Conversely, it is important that all backers keep us updated of their address before we ship the final rewards. Any reshipping will require additional payments.

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