Some art lenses are complete luxuries to shoot with, and others make sure to also look the part. A perfect example is the limited, gold-plated Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art Lens, which Lomography has recently and proudly introduced as the latest addition to its Daguerreotype Achromat collection. If you’re looking to add a dreamy look to your photos and have a taste for luxurious gear, this art lens should be interesting to you.
For the uninitiated, the Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art Lens is Lomography’s reinvention of the 19th century lens designed by Charles Chevalier. Geared as a retro-inspired, creative tool for both photographers and cinematographers, this lens recreates the hazy, soft imagery of the Chevalier lens over today’s modern imagery. Switch between silky, soft-focus images at f2.9, and crisp sharp shots at f5.6 and upwards. To make things even more creative, this art lens comes with a Waterhouse Aperture system to let you play around with painterly bokeh on your photos.
According to Lomography, this luxurious limited edition is plated in real gold, down to the set of decorative Waterhouse aperture plates included. While they mention that you can use these to create “Lomographic lens flares,” they don’t advise shooting with these golden aperture plates as they will easily scratch and cause reflections inside the lens. Better not to take any chances then and stick to the standard aperture plates or the included Lumière and Aquarelle aperture plates.
- Focal Length: 64mm
- Maximum Aperture: f/2.9
- Apertures: Waterhouse aperture stops, up to f/16
- Lens Mounting Profile: Canon EF, Nikon F
- Closest Focusing Distance: 0.5m
- Focusing Mechanism: helicoid
- Image circle: 44mm
- Field of view: 37 degrees
- Filter Thread: 40.5mm
- Electronic Contacts: No
- Lens Construction: 2 elements in 1 group
*Compatible also with a large range of other cameras using adapter mounts
If you’re curious about how we found shooting with this art lens, you may also want to check out our review.