Summoning dead photographic products from the grave has been a fairly reliable route to Kickstarter success. Germany’s Meyer-Optic Goerlitz is one of the latest companies to successfully ply this online sorcery by resurrecting the Trioplan lens for modern mounts. Originally developed in 1916 by Hugo Meyer, the Trioplan was an affordably priced yet fast lens. Its claim to fame was its “soap bubble” bokeh, which was achieved when shooting wide open in backlit environments. Meyer-Optic’s Trioplan 100mm f/2.8 delivers the same bubbly bokeh in the original Trioplan design of three lens elements separated by air. When used with extension tubes or close-up rings for macro shoots, you can achieve a magnification of 2:1 with a minimum focus distance of just under 12 inches. It has 15 aperture blades and accepts 52mm filters. This lens is available for full frame Canon, Nikon and Sony (FE) mounts, plus Fuji X, and Micro Four Thirds cameras. There are also Leica M and Leica L variants, but those only support focusing in live view mode, not in rangefinder mode. In addition to the standard aluminum Trioplan, the company has released a pair of very limited edition lenses coated in gold (pictured) or titanium.
PRICE: $1,699; $2,499 (Titanium limited edition); $3,499 (Gold limited edition).