Lomography Daguerreotype Achromat f/2.9

Possibly the prettiest lens on test, with its brass construction evoking a 19th century feel, the Achromat has been designed by Lomography and is based on the world’s first Daguerreotype optic by Charles Chevalier...

Lomography Daguerreotype Achromat f/2.9

Lomography Daguerreotype Achromat f/2.9

It’s a manual focus lens which provides a dreamy soft focus at wider apertures, or a sharper image beyond f/5.6. It allows you to insert manual aperture slides into the body (known as a Waterhouse system, which come included), which will give your bokeh (the orbs in the out-of-focus areas) different shapes.

It has a focal length of 64mm, and a very distinct effect, making it ideal for portraits. However, it won’t be to everybody’s taste, and we found it to be quite distracting at times. Though changing the shapes of your aperture inserts does result in some amazingly different bokeh, the image as a whole can become almost fabric-like in texture.

More of an acquired taste than a must-have.

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Pros

  • Ability to shape your bokeh
  • Iconic history
  • Unique effect

Cons

  • Heavy
  • Very love it/hate it effect

Spec

  • Aperture: f/2.9-16
  • Weight: 689g
  • Focal length: 64mm
The Achromat's aperture system lets you change the shape of the bokeh

The Achromat's aperture system lets you change the shape of the bokeh