Lomography has launched a Kickstarter campaign for their new Neptune Convertible Art Lens System. It’s a set of small, handcrafted lenses, all compatible with the same lens base. Relying on Chevalier’s convertible lens design, Lomography has designed the base and the set of three prime lenses: 3.5/35, 2.8/50 and 4.0/80. They practically fit inside your pocket and give you versatility and good quality on the budget.
Neptune Convertible Art Lens allows you to alternate between a wide range of stopless apertures and special aperture plates using just one lens system. There are three front lenses for now, but Lomography says the possibilities are unlimited. They are already designing new lens components with unique effects and possible focal lengths from 15mm to 400mm.
The system includes three front lenses, six Aperture plates to create shaped bokeh, and the lens base compatible with a variety of film and digital cameras. Thanks to sleek and compact design, it’s easy to transport and use. The lenses are handcrafted using the finest glass optics. They provide you all the freedom of a zoom lens without compromising on prime lens quality. Each lens produces sharp images and strong, saturated colors. The closest focusing distances are 0.25m/9.8” (35mm), 0.4m/15.7” (50mm), and 0.8m/31.5” (80mm).
Here are some sample images taken with this lens system, so take a look and see for yourself what they look like:
The system is available on Kickstarter, and the prices vary. You can get the Super Early Bird package for $599 and Early Bird for $640. Both packages include three front lenses, six aperture plates, and the lens base. You get to choose the mount and the color you like. The most expensive package includes the lens system and the trip kit, available for the pledge of $1,750.
As for the shipping, the lenses with low serial numbers should arrive in November 2017. Depending on the reward package you pick, shipping estimates vary from November 2017 to March 2018. Pentax mount lenses are expected to be ready for shipping in January 2018. If you’d like to see more details and order the lens system for your camera, check out their Kickstarter campaign and back it up.