Thursday, April 14, 2016


As soon as interchangeable lenses became available for the Leica, other manufacturers tried to generate additional business by offering lenses for the Leica as well.  One such manufacturer was Meyer-Optik-Görlitz.  Görlitz is a city in the eastern part of Germany, in the state of Saxony, right at the border with Poland. Meyer Optik offered some of the very best lenses for Leicas outside of Leica themselves. 

Meyer was a German optical company, founded by Hugo Meyer in Görlitz in 1896.

In 1918 Dr. Paul Rudolph, the inventor of Zeiss' Tessar and Protar, developed Meyer's Double Plasmat which was derived from Meyer's symmetrical Euryplan lens. In the 1920s he developed fast variants, the Kino-Plasmat f/2 and the World's fastest lens of its time, the Kino-Plasmat f/1.5 .

After WWII Meyer was the second East German lens supplier after Carl Zeiss Jena. It became a part of VEB Pentacon and after 1970 all the Meyer lenses were branded as Pentacon.

After the reunification of Germany, Meyer Optic was split off from the Zeiss remnants in Jena and renamed Feinoptisches Werk Görlitz GmbH.  They once again began to offer lenses under the Meyer-Optik label.  Unfortunately, this venture was short-lived.  They were unable to produce competitively and closed their doors on June 30, 1991.  The company of Globell from Konstanz, Germany began to once again to offer lenses under the Meyer-Optik-Görlitz label in 2014 and they have been successful.

Today they introduced a new lens under the old Meyer-Optik-Görlitz label, with the once famous  Trioplan name.   They write in their press release:

Today Is the Day.
Support the Historic and Innovative Trioplan 50 Now!


We just launched our Kickstarter for the Trioplan f2.9/50, a special new lens that returns the tradition of a versatile soap bubble bokeh lens to the Meyer Optik line up. Order the art lens that you will always keep attached to your camera body now!  In addition to its regular focus element, the Trioplan f2.9/50 features a second front focus element that opens a whole new horizon of creativity to the world of photography.

Copyright: Tamara Skudies

These elements and the quality of the glass used takes the legendary Trioplan 50mm soap bubble bokeh lens to a wider variety of creative photographic situations, including events, travel, street, nature, portraits, macro and so many more scenes.

Copyright: Firat Bagdu

The new Trioplan f2,9/50 is the one lens you can use for every situation. It is ultra compact and features an innovative front focusing element putting incredible amounts of creative opportunity into the palm of your hand. The movable front lens reduces the minimum focusing distance to less than 30 cm (under 12 inches) and raises the image ratio up to 1:4.

This feature takes the Trioplan 50 into the Macro-Spheres.  Carrying a heavy set of lenses is something that most photographers choose to shed at some point, but they do not want to cut back on their creativity. We give you the best of both worlds in one lens – with only 200 g or about 7 ounces -- it has never felt so light to be this prepared.

The Trioplan 50 produces smaller, finer soap bubbles that turn into a small swirl effect in the corner of the image. Sharpness and contrast are also the highest yet of any Trioplan lens. 

Copyright: Guido Karp

Surprisingly, for a 50 mm lens it is a perfect tool for portraiture especially including awesome landscapes in the image. Moreover the possibilities in street photography are awesome and the macro capabilities are stunning.  This is more than just a nostalgic art lens. It is the most modern innovative lens you can imagine.

The lens will be available with mounts with various mounts, including Leica M (rangefinder not supported/focusing via live view)

The most creative historic lens you have ever held in your hands is available to Kickstarter Backers starting at $ 449!

The lens is estimated list price is $1299. Restore 100 Years of Tradition with the Most Versatile Soap Bubble Bokeh Lens.

What better way to bring back the Trioplan lens than with the most versatile version possible, the f2.9/50 with its new innovative front variable element? Innovating upon the classic, modernizing the traditional, extending soap-bubble bokeh creativity to a new modern era. Help us bring back the Trioplan 50. Pledge your support now !  Click the Link to visit our Kickstarter campaign.

Copyright: Tamara Skudies


Meyer-Optik USA - 11 Dunwoody Park, Ste. 145, Atlanta GA 30338


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  1. Replies
    1. Don't forget that not all Leica cameras that accept M-mount lenses require RF coupling and as far as the current M cameras go, several do accept the electronic Visoflex or offer focusing via the screen in back of the camera.

    2. Mathias Ertnæs answered:

      Yes ofc, i was just saying so, so that people wouldnt have to read th entire thing to find out. It's probably a fun lens, but a lot of people shooting Leica don't have/won't shoot their cameras that way. And don't get me wrong, I do. But I just figured I should help people out