Oct 11, 2017

Lomography Daguerreotype Achromat 64mm F2.9 Art Review


In 1839, Charles-Louis Chevalier created what could be called the first photographic lens. It used a lateral knob for focusing and used the then-revolutionary Waterhouse system to control aperture.

Fast forward to 2016. Photography has evolved to a level which could never have been imagined by Chevalier and his contemporaries. That didn't stop Lomography, a company relishing vintage aesthetics, from taking an interest in Chevalier's original design.

Launched as a Kickstarter project, the Lomography Daguerreotype Achromat 64mm F2.9 Art is a unique product in the modern photography landscape. Available for Nikon, Canon and Pentax SLR systems (and adaptable to mirrorless), this lens eschews modern expectations regarding sharpness, contrast and general performance. Instead, it puts the emphasis on the process of making pictures slowly and deliberately. It also offers multiple creative options with its ability to play with the aperture shape and size.

Testing this lens like we usually do will probably not deliver impressive results. Nor should it: that is not its purpose. In the following pages, we will cover the basic tests that we usually perform on any lens, but we will put much more emphasis on the various ways this lens can be applied to creative uses. We urge the readers to give more attention to the General Image Quality and Bokeh pages than to any others. The samples gallery is also a good way to evaluate the lens' possibilities.

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