Meyer-Optik Görlitz Trioplan 100 2.8
The Meyer-Optik Görlitz Trioplan 100 2.8 is a fast telephoto lens that is renowned for its twirling bokeh and a certain image glow. The Meyer-Optik Görlitz Trioplan 100 2.8 is highly valued by collectors as it represents a milestone for telephoto lenses. It can therefore be quiet expensive compared to other lenses in its’ focal length. So much so that this lens is one of the several lenses that are seeing a comeback and are now being reproduced. On a side-note: It is also worth having a look at the older cousin of the Trioplan 100, the Trioplan 10,5cm.
Meyer-Optik Görlitz Trioplan 100 2.8 Review
- sharp when stopped down
- unique bokeh
- great portraiture lens
- light telephoto lens
- good ergonomics and build quality
The Meyer-Optik Görlitz Trioplan 100 2.8 is most famous for its’ unique creamy bokeh – a true twirling delight. Artistic and portraiture photographers will love this lens as it invites the user to experiment with deliberate over exposure and other artistic photography techniques. The overall image sharpness is only good when stopped down. This creates unique looking images that have a specific feel to it.
The overall build quality is well above average. The full metal construction with integrated lens hood is a true delight that overshadows any modern lens. For a 100mm lens, the Meyer-Optik Görlitz Trioplan 100 2.8 is also very light and relatively compact.
- softness when shot wide open
- minimum focusing distance of “only” 110 cm
- rare, highly collectible and expensive
The main disadvantage is certainly the price. Mint Meyer-Optik Görlitz Trioplan 100 2.8 will go for more than 300$. The lens seems to have become very collectible in recent years. Lenses with EXA mount tend to be a bit more affordable.
The Meyer-Optik Görlitz Trioplan 100 2.8 is also one of these lenses that you either love or hate. When shot wide open the twirling bokeh, the relative image softness and image glow is not everybody’s cup of tea. Although the unique look and feel of the images can be interesting, the lack of sharpness can be a let down.
Meyer-Optik Görlitz Trioplan 100 2.8 Versions
The Meyer-Optik Görlitz Trioplan 100 2.8 is easily recognizable due to the black ring at the end of the silver lens barrel. Most lenses either have a M42 / pentax mount or a EXA / Exakta mount. Some lenses were also manufactured with Praktina mount and with the Leica M39 screw mount (these are very rare and have a focal length of 105mm). Coated lenses are either branded with a red V or T.
- Weight: 600 gr
- Minimum Focusing Distance: 110cm
- Filter Mount: M49.5×0.75