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World’s first review of the new Meyer Optik Görlitz Trioplan 100mm F2.8 II E-mount lens

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Marc Alhadeff from SonyAlphaBlog tested the new Meyer Optik Görlitz Trioplan 100mm F2.8 II E-mount lens. This is the first lens produced by the new company OPC Optics. They acquired the bancrupt Meyer Optik in 2018. You can now preorder them at BHphoto:

Conclusion of Marc Alhadeffs review:

The Meyer Optik Trioplan 100mm F2.8 is an unusual lens that has its own signature
It will give you a unique look for portraits and flowers pictures if you can compose a scene with a subject at 1m and a noisy background at 3-10m (with some lights if you want big well defined bubble)
You can also use extension tube to do some more macro and increase the size of the soap bubble bokeh
Video results are also very nice and give a unique look

To summarise

  • Excellent build quality
  • Good sharpness wide open with low contrast requiring post processing
  • Good as of F4 with decent contrast
  • Unique soap bubble bokeh at F2.8 and very good diffuse bokeh at F4
  • Need to compose with subject at 1m and background around 3-10m to maximise effect
  • Reduced zone that will be in focus : so good for individual portrait but not for couple
  • Lot of Ghosting flare with incident light
  • Price relatively high : 1000 euros

Compared to a vintage lens it will not do better in term of sharpness , contrast, bubble bokeh and some 1st grade vintage Trioplan like the one I own are doing better

One of the main advantage of the new version is that the focusing does not change when you change the aperture, on the old one when I was closing down the aperture I had to refocus otherwise it was a little bit out of focus most of the time
But buying an old Trioplan does not give you warranty on the mechanics and expose you to more variability in term of the quality of the results (Try to find a one with the 1 in the triangle = 1st grade)At 1000 euros vs 400-700 euros for an old one , you pay for brand new mechanics, high quality manufacturing , no need of adaptor and more controlled/constant quality

Choice is yours

  • be adventurous buying an old one or
  • stay safe buying the new one ,

In both cases you will be able to experiment the Soap bubble bokeh but will require some post processing for contrast

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