The ones that first got my eye are apparently to be issued by Meyer Optik. They used to be situated in Görlitz in Saxony ( East Germany ) and made a number of lenses for different medium-quality camera makers in the DDR. I owned a Trioplan with a Leica screw mount as well as another whose name escapes me. What has never left me was the sense of horror and shame that overcame me when I saw the results from these two lenses.
I am as sorry now that I sold them away, as I was that I had bought them – they would be a wonderful platform for experiment in flare, coma, chromatic aberration, and linear distortions. I could save myself hours of whacking my slider…
The news that they are reissuing the Trioplan and the Primoplan through Kickstarter – and that they will have one of the latter at f:1.9 in a Fuji X mount at something over $800 AUS is astounding. I can only surmise that Meyer have managed to find all of the old lenses they made in the 1950’s and 60’s and have buried them at the bottom of a mineshaft in Silesia so that no-one can find out what they were really like. That, and fading memories from those who owned them, should open the doors again to a new batch of suckers.
The other lenses that have excited my interest for better reasons are the Trio 28 from Lensbaby – primarily for the Twist lens that promises a cheap replication of Petzval bokeh – and a new macro from Fujifilm that will focus faster than the 60mm one they have at present. The 60mm macro is a fine sharp lens but it is slower than dry rot in a wall. I would be delighted if they made on that was purely manual focus as this mode is all I need for macro now with an old Tokina 35mm f:2.8. I’d be delighted with an aperture ring too.