New Lomography Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art lens

New Lomography Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9:64 Art lens
Lomography Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9:64 Art lens
Lomography has a new Kickstarter project for a Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art lens for Canon EF and Nikon F mounts:

Lens technical information:

  • Focal Length: 64mm
  • Maximum Aperture: f/2.9
  • Apertures: Waterhouse aperture set, up to f/16
  • Lens Mounting Profile: Canon EF or Nikon F
  • Closest Focusing Distance: 0,5m
  • Focusing Mechanism: helicoid
  • Image circle: 44mm
  • Field of view: 37 degrees
  • Filter Thread: 40.5mm
  • Electronic Contacts: No
  • Construction: 2 elements in 1 group

From the press release:

The Ethereal Aesthetics Of The World’s First Optic Lens

Practical photography was invented in 1839, with the combination of a Chevalier Achromat Lens attached to a Daguerreotype camera. The signature character of the Chevalier lens bathed images in an alluring veil of light, due to a series of beautiful “aberrations” in its image-forming optical system, which naturally caused a glazy, soft picture at wide apertures.
The Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art Lens by Lomography is a revival of this lost aesthetic. Today, more photographs are taken every two minutes than humanity took in the entire 19th century. In this pixelated era, Lomography believes in keeping the magic in photography alive with this dreamy, ethereal aesthetic.

Highly Versatile Tool For Modern Day Cameras

Photographers and videographers can delve into an extensive variation of moods and special effect: silky soft focus at f/2.9, crisp sharp shots from f/5.6 onwards, and a focal length of 64mm. The Daguerreotype Achromat Lens works with a Waterhouse Aperture Plate system, which allows full creativity with depth of field and bokeh effects. Asides from the classic Waterhouse Aperture plates, for this lens, Lomography has created two entirely new sets. The Lumière aperture plates soak images in a radiant, soft glow. The Aquarelle aperture plates blend colors to produce a textured, painterly effect – rarely achieved in photography.

Premium Quality Craftsmanship Of The Art Lens Family

The Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art Lens has been designed by Lomography’s expert technicians based on the historic 1839 design – and condensed into a bold brass lens for modern analogue and digital cameras – available in Canon EF and Nikon F mounts, and compatible with multitudes of other cameras using adapter mounts, such as the Sony Alpha series, Fuji X-Pro 1 and Micro 4/3 Cameras. The lens is handcrafted at a small manufactory in Central China, on the banks of the Yangtze river. The lens comes in a beautiful brass or black finish, and boasts the premium optic quality that we bring to every lens in the Lomography Art Lens Family – following in the steps of the Lomography New Petzval 85, New Russar+, Lomo LC-A Minitar-1, The Petzval 58 Bokeh Control and Lomography New Jupiter 3+ Art Lenses.

Proud To Be Back On Kickstarter

Lomography loves crowdfunding, and involving its active community with creative projects from the earliest stages of their conception. We are greatly thankful for the success of our previous Kickstarter campaigns: the Lomography Smartphone Film Scanner, the New Petzval 85 Art Lens, the first Lomo’Instant Camera and the Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens. The Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art Lens is available through Kickstarter, where in addition to exclusive offers and prices, backers can secure their very own Daguerreotype Achromat Lens from the first ever batch – estimated to start shipping in August of this year.

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  • Jeffry De Meyer

    Amazing how much backing they always get.

    • Indeed, I still cannot figure out who buys their stuff.

      • Zos Xavius


        • there cannot be that many hipsters, there must be something else

          • Zos Xavius

            Oh I was just joking really. There seems to be a growing interest in lenses with character. Digital and modern lenses are too sterile for some people I think. Witness the lomography crowd. Instagram too. People want effect lenses it seems.

          • Captain Insane-O

            Wtf. You don’t have to be a hipster in order to want something unique. You don’t need need to label everyone. I’ll probably purchase this and I am the anti hipster.

            I think people who find beauty in photography are the ones investing in these kickstarters. If you appreciate the art aspect of photography, then most likely you will be intrigued with this lens.

            The lens is ugly though.

          • This is what I said, right? It must be more than hipsters buying this.

          • Captain Insane-O

            Sorry, I thought you were saying it was the hipsters. Carry on lol

          • No, it wasn’t me – see the comment above that I was replying to 🙂

      • sexyjon

        I can tell you who is buying their lenses. I am one of them and I am not a hipster. I am one of those guys who has been taking photographs all my life and have a passion for photography. Sometimes selling my work also. I guess the official name would be prosumer. And I have met lot of other buyers of those lenses, some of them are film makers, many are the same kind as I am, many like to play with technology and put together old and new stuff, some are serious photographers, some are working with photography as art more than hobby or work. Some are from the US, some from Europe, some from Asia. All those I have met have one thing in common, they all have long experience in photography, they are not newcomers in the world of photography. And by the way, those lenses from Lomography so far are excellent. I have them all and keep buying what they are making. Bought this new Daguerrotype 62 mm lens yesterday. And I am not saying they are excellent because they are the only lenses I have, but because I have more than 100 lenses of various brands, age and quality in my lens vault for comparison, including some lenses that are among the highest rating lenses on DXOmark.

        • Thanks, so you are basically looking for a different look out of the lens, not necessary better/sharper, etc, just different.

          • sexyjon

            What is the definition of better?? Those Petzval lenses f.x. are very sharp in the center but edge sharpness and bokeh is very different from most other modern lenses. One factor is that I like to get new glass with different characteristics for a good price. All the automation like auto focus and stabilizing gizmo in most modern lenses adds to the price and maintainance costs. Many of us have no use for those things at all so why pay for it? 2 weeks ago I was travelling and photographing and brought with me the Petzval 58 lens and some other lenses as usual. It so happened that I was asked if I could do some portraits for a private homepage and wikipedia and I used this lens for it with excellent results for a happy customer. What makes lens better than others is not that it can make a tiny little bit better sharpness than some other lenses at a given aperture. Of course for sports and news photographers and sometimes nature photographers the automation of the lens is important, like fast and accurate autofocus and stabilization of the lens and also good sharpness at all apertures. And it seems that lens manufacturers are mostly designing lenses for those photographers. But there is also lot of others with other needs in photography and Lomography is giving them something they appreciate.

          • TheMeckMan

            Could you point us to some photos or a website. I’m considering their “2000 for all our lenses” deal but would like to see some additional work as well as reviews and you seem to have very high opinion of the lenses. I’m most curious about the kind of lenses (as others have noted are they glass or plastic). I have a few of the lens baby lenses and these might make an interesting addition in that realm.

          • sexyjon

            You can find lot of photos here
            And if you go to and search for f.x. petzval you should get lot of photos there as well, taken with the petzval lenses from Lomography.

            Regarding the lenses, are they glass or plastic, I would say I am pretty sure they are all glass and metal, the Petzval branded lenses that is. There is no plastic inside or outside as far as I know, except for the rear lens cap, if that counts in this discussion. The lenses are heavy and solid. But I will have a closer look at this and get some accurate info about it for you and post it here when I know for sure.

            Like you say, I have high opinion of the lenses. I am not comparing them to top of the line Nikon, Canon or Zeiss lenses and for the price we should not do that. I would never say they are in the same class. It does not mean they are worse or better, just different, and that is what I love about them They have a kind of character that I have not found in any other lenses I have used the past 38 years or so.

          • sexyjon

            Now I have checked the Lomography website and in faq about this new Daguerrotype lens they say that they are using multicoated glass optics. And I have no reason to believe they are not telling the truth. Also I have no reason to believe they were not using multicoated glass optics in the Petzval lenses. About other lenses I do not know.

      • Max

        Hipsters. I know Zos said it, but it needed saying again.

  • Kevin Ho

    $250 per each piece of glass
    what a great value

    • Jeffry De Meyer

      I think the expensive part is the brass barrel.
      And I really wonder if the lenses are actually made from glass and not molded plastic

  • Ken

    stop making stupid ugly looking lenses

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