Atlanta, GA—With its latest Kickstarter campaign for the historic Trioplan 35+ lens underway, Meyer-Optik is moving into the world of high-end, high-performance photography. The newest addition to its lineup of handcrafted lenses will be the Primagon 24mm f/2.8.
The compact lens will employ seven individual lenses, including one aspheric lens. It will have an 84º angle of view and weigh less than 9 ounces (about 250g). Meyer-Optik USA will offer the lens for virtually all mirrorless camera mounts.
Even though the Primagon takes its name from a line of historic Meyer-Optik lenses, the new Primagon 24 is a totally new development. All mechanical and optical parts will be made in Germany. The lenses will also be hand assembled in Germany as individual pieces of craftsmanship.
Along with development engineers, Meyer-Optik’s team has been working on the Primagon 24 for more than a year. The team is also working on several more lenses for this new series, to cover the full range of popular focal lengths.
Photographers will have to wait until early 2018 to get a look at the Primagon 24mm f/2.8 lens. However, as one of the rewards for backing its Kickstarter program for the Trioplan 35+, Meyer-Optik is allowing 30 photographers to receive the Primagon 24mm for about half of its expected retail cost. This promotion is a unique way to reward a select group of Kickstarter backers while giving the company a chance to receive feedback on how the lens performs in the real world.
Those photographers will get a chance to use the lens months before it heads into serial production. This will allow them to give Meyer-Optik feedback that could be used to make final refinements.
“Even though the new lenses are already high performers, we want to listen and learn from the feedback of our users,” said Dr. Stefan Immes, founder of the revived Meyer-Optik brand.
“The opinion of the Kickstarter community and the direct feedback is very important to us. We are striving for technical perfection with this lens. But we will not make any compromises when it comes to the creative part of photography. Personality and character are the most important features of all our lenses. This starts right at the beginning of the development process. We are proud that some of the best engineers nationally and internationally are supporting our team in Goerlitz,” Immes added.
Primagon 24mm f/2.8 Availability
The Primagon 24mm f/2.8 lens will be available for all mirrorless mounts at the beginning of 2018. The suggested retail price will be $5,499. meyer-optik-goerlitz.com