Inspired by one of the very first photographic lenses, The Lomography Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 art lens was first launched in 2016 and has become a favorite among experimental photographers. To celebrate this unique lens, Lomography has announced a limited edition brass and gold-plated version for $549. It will start shipping in Asia by mid-June and end of June for customers in Europe and the United States.
The Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 isn’t an ordinary lens by any means. The first thing you might notice is that it has a metal body that looks like an antiquated museum piece. But that’s not the only difference it has from other lenses. Its other selling point is its Waterhouse Aperture system that lets you insert plates to achieve different effects.
The kit includes bokeh filters that change the shape of the elements in the background. For instance, if you put a star-shaped plate into the lens, it will produce a surreal bokeh that turns the background into a field of stars. The lens also includes a Lumiere and Aquarelle aperture plates that expand this lens’ creative possibilities even more. The Lumiere creates a soft glow and a delicate background, while the Aquarelle lets you achieve rich and textured effect similar to watercolor paintings.
With an aperture range between f/2.9 to f/16, the Achromat is also capable for use as a regular lens. It can easily accomplish soft focus below f/4 and sharp images from f/5.6. Even though it’s made to look like an old lens, the Achromat is fully compatible with Canon EF, Nikon F, and Pentax K mounts (film or digital). Furthermore, Lomography offers lens adapters for Fuji X and M4/3 mount.
You can preorder the Lomography Dagguerotype Achromat 2.9/64 brass and gold-plated art lens on their website. The cheaper chrome-plated model is also available for only $399.