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Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art Lens - Canon EF Mount

Daguerreotype Achromat  2.9/64 Art Lens - Canon EF Mount

The Daguerreotype Achromat is a 64mm manual art lens for Canon EF mount D/SLRs. Dreamy soft focus and unique bokeh textures are among its special optical effects.

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Color Filter Set Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art Lens 40.5mm
Color Filter Set Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art Lens 40.5mm


The Daguerreotype Achromat is directly inspired by the world’s first photographic optic lens – a 19th century invention created for the Daguerreotype camera by Charles Chevalier. Almost two centuries later, we’ve reworked it as a powerful tool for modern-day photographers and cinematographers.

Celebrating the great return of dreamy imagery, you can alternate between razor-sharp images, or drape your world in silky soft focus. The Daguerreotype Achromat Art Lens has a focal length of 64 mm and a classic Waterhouse Aperture system ranging from f/2.9 to f/16 and featuring specially designed plates to produce deep, textured backgrounds rarely achieved in photography. The optical construction has been redesigned from the original, so that you can enjoy ethereal soft focus from apertures below f/4, or razor-sharp definition with deep contrasts from f/5.6 onwards.

Experiment with a variety of bokeh effects with the Waterhouse Aperture System by simply inserting a plate into a shaft in front of the lens elements. For softer, more painterly effects, Lomography has also developed Lumière and Aquarelle Aperture plates. The Lumière aperture plates yield a soft glow and a delicate grained background, while the Aquarelle aperture plates produce a rich and textured effect, similar to watercolour masterpieces!


The lens is available for Canon EF, Nikon F, or Pentax K mounts (both analog and digital), and many other camera models using adaptors, which are sold separately.

Technical Specifications

  • Focal Length: 64mm
  • Maximum Aperture: f/2.9
  • Apertures: Waterhouse aperture plates, up to f/16
  • Lens Mount: Canon EF
  • Color: Brass or Black
  • Closest Focusing Distance: 0,5m
  • Focusing Mechanism: helicoid
  • Image circle: 44mm
  • Field of view: 37 degrees
  • Filter Thread: 40.5mm
  • Electronic Contacts: No
  • Construction: 2 elements in 1 group

Package include

  • Daguerreotype Achromat Lens Canon EF mount
  • Waterhouse aperture plates
  • Front and rear lens cap
  • Lens pouch
  • Cleaning cloth
  • Photo manual book
  • Instruction manual

Press Quotes

“One of the most important lenses in photographic history.”–Acquire

“Holy crowdfunding success Batman! Lomography has done it again, and by “done it” we mean launched an incredibly successful Kickstarter campaign.”–Petapixel

“Lomography’s Art series lenses always have something special about them, and its latest on Kickstarter is a sheer beauty.”–Digit

“Lomography’s brand new Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art Lens is the ultimate throwback to the world’s first optic lens from 1839.”–Format

“The lens is designed to offer crisp sharpness, silky soft focus, and control of depth of field with multiple bokeh effects.”–Ephotozine

“Nineteenth century photographic tools meets twenty-first century photographic equipment.”–Gear Hungry

“Lomography has long been known to bring back the charm and fun of vintage photography, but they have just gone a step further and recreated the world’s first photographic lens — the Daguerrotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art Lens.”–Hypebeast

Additional Information

SKU daguerreotype_canon
Lens Mount Canon Mount
Brand Lomography
Aperture Waterhouse System
Available Apertures Waterhouse aperture plates, up to f/16
Focal Length 64mm
Material Metal
Categories Lenses, Lomography Art Lenses, Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64, Lomography Art Lenses World, Splendid Surprises