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Lomography Daguerreotype Achromat celebrates world's first photographic lens

Create: 05/26/2016 - 19:51
Lomography Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64


  • Achromat design uses just two lens elements
  • Aperture is controlled by aperture plates
  • Lens is being funded through Kickstarter campaign

Lomography is at it again. After bringing back two Petzval lenses, it has reached deeper into the history books to create the Lomography Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art Lens.

This is a 64mm optic with just two lens elements. Lomography says the original Daguerreotype Achromat was introduced in 1839 and was the world’s first photographic lens.

As it did successfully with both Petzval lenses, Lomography is funding this through a Kickstarter campaign.

Instead of an aperture ring, the lens will use a Waterhouse aperture, which is a collection of metal plates that are inserted into the side of the lens barrel (see photo at the top of the article). As can be seen, these aren’t simple holes. Some have a single hole with smaller holes around it, while others have diamond-shaped patterns, which it calls Lumiere and Aquarelle. Apertures run from f/2.9-16.

The lens will be available in Canon EOS, Nikon F and Pentax K mounts for film and digital use. Lens mount adapters will allow it to be used on the popular mirrorless cameras. It will be available in either brass or more traditional black.

One of the accessories is a reverse mount adapter, which allows it to be used as a macro lens with a close-focus distance of about six inches (15cm). The filter thread is 40.5mm.

The brass lens will cost US$499, and the black-barreled version will be US$599. Lomography hopes to begin shipping the lens in January 2017.

Read more about the Lomography Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64.


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Mike Elek is a longtime journalist and was one of the original editors for The Wall Street Journal Online. He also has worked as a reporter and editor in Pittsburgh; Philadelphia; Vineland, N.J.; Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; New York City; and Hong Kong. He is a U.S. Air Force veteran. He shoots with film and digital cameras.