What are the differences between old achromat lenses and the Daguerreotype Achromat?
Our Daguerreotype Achromat Art Lens is inspired by the world’s very first photographic optic lens, which was designed by Charles Chevalier and used on Daguerreotype cameras in the early 19th century. This historic lens used an achromat doublet design, and had “aberrations” in its image-forming system which caused light rays to split and disperse, drenching images in a powerful natural glow. However, with this old model, pictures had to be shot at small apertures and long exposures for images to be sharp. Photographers used all sorts of obscure and inventive techniques to get their subjects to sit still!
Lomography’s passionate and expert technicians have racked their brains to re-calculate this optic scheme. We’ve lovingly reworked the new Daguerreotype Achromat Art Lens to maximize the usable aperture. You can now enjoy a whole range of shooting – between silky soft focus and razor-sharp images – by manually changing the aperture you shoot with. Furthermore, you can now play around with depth-of-field to produce beautiful and surprising bokeh patterns thanks to the special aperture plates Lumière and Aquarelle. Lomography’s Daguerreotype Achromat Art Lens is now redesigned to fit 135 format, whereas the old 19th century lens only worked with large format.
We have kept the beautiful creative possibilities and stunning brass finish of the historic lens – which we fell madly in love with. We’ve reinvented it for use with modern-day digital and analogue cameras – available in Canon EF, Nikon F SLR or Pentax K mounts, and compatible with multitudes of other cameras using adapter mounts, such as the Sony Alpha series, Fuji X-Pro 1 and Micro 4/3 Cameras.
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