Object of Desire: Lomography’s Daguerreotype Achromat Chrome is a Throwback to 1839

November 27, 2017

By Greg Scoblete

Lomography's Daguerreotype Achromat Chrome

We have Kickstarter to thank for the rebirth of this old lens design. The Achromat lens is based on a design that dates back to 1839 and Charles Chevalier, who designed the lens for the daguerreotype camera. Today, you can mount this beauty onto your modern Canon, Nikon or Pentax DSLR, though it lacks electronic contacts. The optical construction has been tweaked from the original to allow for softer focus in apertures below f/4 and deeper contrast above f/5.6. Speaking of aperture, the lens works with a Waterhouse Aperture Plate system. To set an aperture, you drop a Waterhouse aperture plate into the body of the lens (so please, don’t lose them). The aperture plates are included and come in several patterns, including circular, star, and patterned with tiny dots for producing grainy backgrounds or a textured/watercolor effect. Lomography also sells an experimental aperture plate kit ($25) with heart, star, snowflake and diamond patterns. Bokeh has never looked so exotic. The 64mm lens has an aperture range of f/2.9-16. This manual focus lens can focus on objects as close as .5m from the front of the lens. The new chrome finish is scratch resistant.

PRICE: starting at $499
INFO: www.lomography.com

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