Paris-based photographer Anna Rakhvalova knows her timing. She can catch someone’s good angle and that perfect stroke of light. All of which made us wonder: Can our new lens live up to her expectations of a good portrait? She brought the Daguerreotype Achromat Art Lens in her photo sessions to find out.
This lens has a fascinating history, so let’s play the association game. What came to mind when you first saw the Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art Lens? What is special about its build?
The first thing I thought when I saw the Daguerreotype lens was that it looked like a telescope from another era!
What did you take pictures of? What camera did you use?
I used Nikon D800 and I took pictures of people, artists mostly.
Did the Daguerreotype Art Lens impart a special look to your photos? Tell us about your first photo session.
Yes, the lens gives a very artistic look to the pictures and a movie-like ambience. The first photo session was under the rain, so it was difficult to shoot but at the same time it created a very interesting effect thanks to the drops.
The lens is a continuation of Lomography’s experimental tradition. What special effects have you done using the lens?
The special effect I did was the artistic blur. I wanted to create a real story with it, mysterious, hazy.
In terms of your own photography needs, what is the best feature of the Daguerreotype Art Lens?
The best feature is that there is no need to retouch the pictures afterward. They already have the unusual light and effect as if I applied some sort of filter on it.
How does Daguerreotype Art Lens differ from other Lomography Art Lenses?
The Daguerreotype Art Lens is different from other lenses because of the blurry effect it gives, almost foggy. And the bokeh on the background looks surreal.
Why use a special lens at all?
I think it’s cool to use a special art lens in order to break the routine, to change from the usual lenses we are used to. And because with an art lens it is much more fun and interesting to shoot. You create a real story with its own world!
Let’s get technical. What tip would you give to a first-time user?
Don’t try to focus too much, just enjoy it, because even if your picture is out of focus, it is still beautiful and very unique!
The Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art Lens, inspired by a long-lost aesthetic, presents the return of dreamy, ethereal photographs. Honing the essence of the world’s first photographic optic, the Daguerreotype Achromat lens offers the versatility of 21st century technology with the eminent characteristics of 19th century paintings. This premium handcrafted optic, with its unique Lumière and Aquarelle Aperture Plates, is compatible with Canon EF and Nikon F mount cameras and allows for both silky soft-focused details and crisp, defined photographs—boasting the versatile nature of the Lomography Art Lens Family.
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