Finding The Right Lomography Art Lens For You

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Picking the right Lomography art lens shouldn't be difficult, but we understand that the choices can be overwhelming. If you've read the technical specs on our shop and still need some help, then maybe a visual guide will make it easier for you!

Petzval 55 f/1.7 MKII

The latest addition to our growing art lens family is the Petzval 55 f/1.7 MKII . This brings the unique look of Joseph Petzval's original lens to full-frame mirrorless cameras. Its dedicated bokeh control ring makes this lens more creatively flexible than any traditional lens, so you can shoot delightfully dreamy to razor-sharp images.

"I found the Petzval 55 MKII to perfectly complement this stylistic choice of mine: the vast flexibility and means of experimentation it offers for bokeh and various planes of focus allowed me to accentuate this dreamy style, to an extent that I haven't been able to achieve before (or at least, without a lot of post-production). The lens is incredible in allowing me to decontextualize my subjects and instead, almost paint my own images." – Zayira Ray
© Satoshi Imamura, Khalil Kwok, Geoffrey Yahya Vargas

Petzval 85

Perfect for portraits, the Petzval 85 brings sharp focus to your subject while softening the background with beautiful bokeh. Created for Canon EF or Nikon F mount analogue and digital cameras.

"I have always liked lenses with character! So, my choice of this specific lens was a given. I chose it for two reasons: for the artistic look which gives an exotic look even to digital cameras, but mostly for the unique bokeh effect, which other contemporary lenses cannot render." – Vasilis Kavousakis
Credits: duffman, gocchin, doze & anthonystone

Petzval 58 Bokeh Control

Be the boss of bokeh with the Petzval 58 Bokeh Control. This lens features a control ring that allows you to adjust the bokeh. Level 1 makes it subtle, turn it up to Level 7 if you want it strong! The gentle balance of softness and sharpness makes it great for portraits, landscapes, and street photography.

"Personally, I love to keep a reachable distance with my subject, so 58mm is a better choice to me. And the Bokeh Control ring is just so sweet, I can choose how swirly the bokeh to be like." – Issa Ng
Credits: shawnlin, andrejrusskovskij, kpopbug, lafilledeer & seymaeminetamer

Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64

If you love the look of softness and delicate bokeh in your photographs, the Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 will help you achieve this. Textured backgrounds become dreamy and hazy, and with the experimental aperture plates, you can switch between different bokeh shapes.

" I was fascinated with the glowing effect it created shooting at F/ 2.8. It was so dreamy and timeless and the only way I could describe the soft focus would be creamy and buttery. Having the option to change the aperture plate gives the photographer more of an artistic mindset while learning and playing around with the lens. This is a new lens to add to my collection for sure!" – Bryan Chavez
Credits: karrrrrrrrson, brettallensmith & togotogo

Neptune Convertible Art Lens System

The lightweight and compact Neptune Convertible Art Lens System gives you a convenient way to experiment with a wide range of f/stops for limitless creative styles. These prime lenses make it easy to switch between 15 mm, 35 mm, 50 mm and 80 mm, giving you plenty of options.

"I was pleasantly surprised by the Neptune Convertible Art Lenses. When you’re accustomed to carting cumbersome lenses around it’s natural to be suspicious of a product that’s claiming to do basically the same thing at a fraction of the size. However I found them to be crisp, easy to use, and a doddle to swap over. And while manual focus isn’t suitable for certain types of fast moving photography, in this capacity having complete control over where the focus landed in every shot was enjoyable." – Kirsty Garland
Credits: koduckgirl & fruchtzwerg_hh

Lomo LC-A Minitar-1 Art Lens

Love the look of the Lomo LC-A+? You know, the punchy colors, deep saturation and contrast, and shadowy vignetting? Well, you can bring that distinctive look to a wide array of analogue and digital cameras with the Lomo LC-A Minitar-1 Art Lens. From low-lit conditions to swift street shots, you can count on this lens to deliver exceptional results.

"My favorite feature of the Minitar-1 has to be the zone focusing system! It has made shooting on the street a lot easier. It’s especially helpful when shooting in an area that is hectic or involves quick action to get the shot." – Geoff Haggray
Credits: tomas_bates, antoniocastello, dop & funiku

Lomogon 2.5/32 Art Lens

Designed for digital and analogue cameras with Canon EF and Nikon F mounts, the Lomogon 2.5/32 Art Lens produces rich colors, soft vignettes and great contrast to give your shots a Lomographic look.

"The wide angle of the Lomogon lens was perfect to capture street scenes, portraits surrounded by details. Its aperture of 2.5 also allowed me to shoot when the light was low, and I really appreciated it." – Julia Grandperret Motin
Credits: lomography

From portrait photography, landscape, to street photography, there is a Lomography Art Lens most photographic disciplines. We hope this list has helped you in selecting the Art lens best suited to your photographic style.


See the complete line-up of our glorious art lenses by visiting our online shop! What is your favorite Lomography Art Lens? Let us know in the comments!

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    lizkoppert ·

    After all that, I've still no idea which one's the best for me...

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