LOMOGRAPHY – The DAGUERREOTYPE ACHROMAT 2.9/64 ART LENS

by derrick

It’s has been a great working relationship with Lomography and after I review their Petzval art lens last year. I am invited once again for a review of the latest art lens:

The DAGUERREOTYPE ACHROMAT 2.9/64 ART LENS – Reinventing the first photographic lens from 1838

I must say I am honored to be a very small selected group in the world to get a hands-on for this lens which is a prototype version. On first look, it does resemblance the look of the Petzval lens and it’s really robust.

The lens is easy to use except you have to be very patience in the manual focusing. What makes the lens a masterpiece are the Depth of field effects created by the different aperture plate. The Daguerreotype Achromat Art Lens works with a Waterhouse Aperture Plate system, which allows full creativity with depth of field, and loads of variation in bokeh effects. If you are a photographer who like dreamy effects straight from the camera, this is the lens for you.

Asides from the classic Waterhouse Aperture plates, for this lens, Lomography has created the Lumière and Aquarelle Aperture plates. The Lumière aperture plates soak images in a radiant, soft glow – and create delicate dotted backgrounds, enriching depth of field. The Aquarelle aperture plates produce a rich and very textured, painterly effect – comparable to watercolor masterworks!

I brought this lens to Japan while I was there for a shoot and I took this beautiful lens for a walk and I had lots of fun shooting with it. It takes a while to get use to it for it’s a fully manual lens and also exploring the different effects created by the aperture plate but after a very short while. It’s really easy to use and the picture effects created are awesome; though some plate pattern are difficult to get a sharp focus but hey those are for the dreamy effects. : )

As I am doing this review, a kick starter event for this lens is happening at the same time and here is the link: http://kck.st/1q5J24v