The idea of a Citograph lens is an exciting one, a true ‘plug and play’ photography experience. Just attach the lens to your camera and start shooting, capturing the world around you; no need to worry about focus, just point and shoot. C.P. Goerz successfully brought the world’s original 35mm Citograph design into the modern era last year with Kickstarter, and now the company is back with another Citograph, but this one has some interesting tricks up its sleeve.
The ease and simplicity of the Citograph 35 were undeniable: point and shoot. However, that was at the same time one of its greatest weaknesses. Not being able to change the aperture on the lens meant that you have little artistic control over bokeh, depth of field, and sharpness. The Citograph 50, the lens that C.P. Goerz just launched on Kickstarter, addresses that ‘problem’ by giving you a 50mm Citiograph lens with aperture control.
Based on the classic ‘Eagle’s Eye’ Tessar design of ages past, the Citograph 50mm offers photographers most of the simplicity of the Citograph 35, but with the added benefit of giving you aperture control back from its max of F2.8 to its minimum of F16. The lens remains incredibly small, light, and easy to use.
According to Goerz, one of the hallmarks of this classic lens design is in its color rendition and sharpness, while at the same time featuring a wide focus throw, and so little distortion you can’t see it with your eye. As per the usual these days, the lens will be available for Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fuji, and Leica mounts. As of the time I am writing this the project has earned $23,000 towards its $30,000 destination and has a few days remaining to earn the $7,000 needed to hit their funding goal.
If you are interested in the project then head over to the Kickstarter Campaign Page to learn more or to show your support by funding the project.