Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art Lens Brass Nikon F

Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art Lens Brass Nikon F

The world’s first photographic optic lens from 1839 redesigned to work with modern-day digital and analogue cameras and deliver the most unique ethereal aesthetics imaginable.
  • Seize the great return of a lost 19th century aesthetic
  • Alternate between razor-sharp and silky-soft focus
  • Freedom to control depth of field with multiple bokeh effects
  • Exclusive Lumière and Aquarelle aperture plates included
  • Optimized for still and motion photography
Focal Length: 64 mm
Lens Aperture System: Waterhouse Aperture Plates
Lens Focussing: Manual Focusing Ring
Lens Material: Multi–Coated Glass
Lens Body Material: Brass
SKU: z290n

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Highlights

This is a lens for the majority of the photography world – those that care more about capturing and creating an incredible moment.
— The Phoblographer

Bring the ethereal aesthetic of the world’s first photographic optic lens to analogue and digital SLR cameras.

Embrace a lost aesthetic. The Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art Lens’ unique achromat design bathes photographers in a powerful, alluring veil of light.

Compatible with SLR and mirrorless cameras including Canon EF and Nikon F bodies as well as Sony Alpha series, Fuji X-Pro 1, Micro 4/3 cameras and more when using an adapter.

Amazing aperture adventures await with an optical construction redesigned to allow both ethereal soft focus from apertures below f/4, or razor-sharp results with deep contrasts from f/5.6 onwards.

There is something unique, almost humbling, in handling the Daguerreotype lens from Lomography. It is almost like holding a part of history in the palm of your hand. The build quality is among the best we have seen.
— Pentax Forums

Waterhouse, Lumière and Aquarelle aperture plates for unrivaled creativity and beautiful bokeh effects.

The lens is designed to offer crisp sharpness, silky soft focus, and control of depth of field with multiple bokeh effects.
— ePHOTOzine

Optimized for still and motion photography. The endless special effects and depth of field variation that the Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art Lens offers make it a valuable instrument in any cinematographer’s arsenal.

If pushing your creativity is what you look for in a lens, the Lomography Daguerreotype Achromat 29/64 may be a must-have in your toolkit.
— G Style Magazine

There’s beauty in the versatility of this lens. With a focal length of 64 mm, and apertures ranging from f/2.9 to f/16, you can enjoy an extensive variety of moods and special effects when shooting.

Story

Introducing the Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art Lens in lustrous brass for a stunning, vintage finish.

What may appear to be ephemeral visions or dreams can now be captured in reality with the Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art Lens, inspired by the world’s first photographic optic lens. Seamlessly blurring the lines between fantasy and reality, alternate between razor-sharp details and silky-soft focus with this advanced Art Lens. If you can imagine it, then you can make it with this extraordinary handcrafted art lens. Compatible with both SLR and mirrorless cameras, including Canon EF and Nikon F bodies, as well as many more when using an adapter.

Lomography Art Lens Family

Lomography Art Lenses feature the finest glass optics to produce photos that will astonish you with their colors and optical character. As well as being designed and assembled by hand, these lenses have been engineered using modern techniques and multi-coated to produce vibrant, strong, wonderful photos with a whole range of contemporary cameras. Each Lomography Art Lens brings with it a wide variety of creative possibilities, no two are the same.

Let There be Light

The Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art Lens is a revival of a nearly two centuries old lost aesthetic. This aesthetic was courtesy of the world’s first-ever photographic optic lens, invented in 1835. This historic model was built on a unique achromat design that bathed the world’s earliest photographs in a powerful, alluring veil of light.

Aperture Adventures

The Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art Lens optical construction has been redesigned to allow both ethereal soft focus from apertures below f/4, or razor-sharp results with deep contrasts from f/5.6 onwards. 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!

Inspired by the World-First

In 1835 Charles Chevalier and Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre changed history – they gave the world practical photography. Daguerre combined a Daguerreotype camera with the very first photographic lens in the world, built by Charles Chevalier. The Daguerreotype Camera captured the first-ever picture of a human being, at Boulevard du Temple in Paris, 1838.

Daguerre was the kind of guy who made things happen. In addition to having invented photography – as you do – he also designed and fabricated things like the Diorama, was an accomplished painter and often worked as an extra at the Opéra de Paris too – the hottest 18th-century club in town. To top it all off, he was also well known for his tight-roping skills and nifty moves on the dance floor.

Charles-Louis Chevalier was a bit more of a technical nerd – the son of a prominent French instrument maker and a leading Parisian optician – he began designing lenses as a teen. He handcrafted the first optic lens in the world after he received an order from Daguerre to use on his Daguerreotype camera. In 1840 Chevalier received the top prize at Paris’ Société d’Encouragement for his discovery.

The Daguerreotype camera complete with the Chevalier lens was publicly announced on 19 August 1839, when the French government presented its patent as a gift “free to the world” and 1839 has been heralded as the year in which photography was born ever since.

Question & Answers

Does the Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art Lens work on my mirrorless camera?
Yes.

Will the aperture plates of my Lomography Petzval Art Lens fit this lens?
Sadly not. The Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art Lens plates are a different size than those of our Petzval Art Lenses.

Package Contents

  • Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art Lens Brass Nikon F
  • Six Waterhouse aperture plates (from f/2.9 to f/16)
  • Three Aquarelle & three Lumière aperture plates
  • Front and rear lens cap
  • Lens pouch
  • Cleaning cloth
  • Photo book
  • Instruction manual