German lens manufacturer Meyer Optik Gorlitz intends to produce the ‘last chapter’ of its ‘Trioplan Trilogy’ if it gets enough funding from its latest Kickstarter campaign to build the Trioplan 35+. The new lens will sit alongside the company’s 100mm F2.8 and 50mm F2.9 Trioplan ‘Soap Bubble’ lenses and will have a maximum aperture of F2.8.

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As with the 100mm and 50mm models, the 35mm lens will be based on a historic optical design but will use modern coated glass from Schott and Ohara. This time though, the construction will shift away from the traditional three-elements-in-three-groups of the standard Cooke triplet and will have an additional pair of elements at the front to adapt the design for full frame sensors. The original Trioplan 1.8in lens this one is based on was designed for 8mm film and was telephoto for the format, according to the company, so some changes had to be made to alter it to be a moderate wide for 35mm-style sensors. The extra two elements account for the + in the 35+ name.

The new lens will focus to 0.3m and its 12-bladed iris will provide a minimum aperture of F22. Meyer says it intends to make the lens in a range of mounts:

  • 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) 

The ‘soap bubble’ name comes from a characteristic of the design that renders out-of-focus highlights in dramatic style when the lens is used wide open.
At the time of writing the campaign had already passed its goal three times over, but lenses could still be ordered for $649 against an expected full retail price of $1599. For more information visit the Meyer Optik Gorlitz website or the company’s Kickstarter page.

Technical data:
Focal length: 35 mm
Aperture: 1:2,8, - 1:22
Angle: +/- 31,5°
Focussing Distance: Infinity 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

Manufacturer's information:

The Trioplan 35mm is now on Kickstarter

Our new Kickstarter just launched and the mystery lens that you´ve been waiting for is the Trioplan 35mm f2.8, or as we´ve dubbed it, the Trioplan 35+.

The Trioplan 35+ is the final piece of our Trioplan Trilogy, which includes the Trioplan 100mm f2.8 and the 50mm f2.9.

Kickstarter backers will be the first in line to get this incredible addition to the Meyer-Optik lineup of hand-crafted, manual focus art lenses. The Trioplan 35+ is expected to be available at the retail price of $1,599 later this year but Kickstarter backers can secure the lens for a much lower investment. What backers will get is a groundbreaking lens.

Previously, it was thought too difficult to achieve the soap bubble effect in a wide angle lens. But Meyer-Optik engineers designed the new lens according to the historic Cook Triplet design but added two elements to boost the lens. The extra two lens elements is why Meyer-Optik decided to add the "+" to the name of the lens.

The Trioplan 35+ will be unrivaled in its ability to capture the spirit and emotion of the moment. Photography is not just about squeezing the most pixels into a square inch - it´s about creating art.

The Trioplan 35+ is a full-frame lens and will be available in all major mounts. Early backers will profit from a Super Early Bird pricing.

Don´t miss your chance to be one of the first in line to get this new Trioplan lens, which will join the Trioplan 100mm f2.8 and Trioplan 50mm f2.9 in the Meyer-Optik lineup of premier, hand-crafted art lenses. Of course Kickstarter backers will benefit from a groundbreaking price.