Lomography Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art Lens launches on Kickstarter
Lomography is seeking funds in its latest Kickstarter campaign to bring into production a Daguerreotype Achromat F2.9 to F16 65mm Art Lens, a recreation of the first photographic optic lens from 1839. The lens is designed to work with modern analog and digital cameras, and will be available in Canon EF and Nikon F mounts with support for ‘multitudes of other cameras using adapter mounts.’
The 64mm Daguerreotype Achromat Art Lens will be available with black and brass finishes, and will support Micro Four Thirds cameras, the Fujifilm X-Pro1, Sony Alpha cameras and others using adapter mounts. An array of special effects are produced via Waterhouse Aperture plates; they range from what is described as an ‘ethereal soft focus’ at apertures below F4 to sharper effects with deep contrasts at aperture F5.6 and greater.
The special effects are created by inserting Waterhouse Aperture plates into a slot in the lens, positioning the plate in front of the lens elements. Three sets of plates are supported: Standard, Lumière, and Aquarelle. The latter two sets, Lumière and Aquarelle, were created by Lomography for this particular lens to create different effects in out-of-focus highlights.
By pledging to Lommography’s Kickstarter, supporters can reserve an early copy of the Daguerreotype Achromat Art Lens, though certain backing options have been sold out, such as the brass ‘super early bird’ launch deal. Remaining pledge options include $400 for a brass or black-finish lens, $500 for a low serial number Nikon mount brass lens and $550 for an earlier September 2016 shipment rather than the later December shipment, among others.