a niche in time

Modern version of Chevalier’s landscape lens in Canon (or Nikon) mount.

Toronto. For the past couple of decades, die hard film (analogue) fans have flocked to our fairs and auctions to buy and use old cameras and film. The folks at Lomography have aided and abetted these die hards with cameras, lenses and films that allow people to dabble in photographic history and take photos reminiscent of over a century ago.

They have announced that the original Daguerreotype two element lens is coming on market again next month or so in either a black or satin aluminum mount designed to fit the modern digital camera (a Canon EF mount or Nikon F mount). The focal length has been shortened to 64mm and through the use of waterhouse stops, modern enthusiasts can use the lens not only at f/16 (f/15 originally) but at increments as wide as f/2.9 with all the glorious distortion corrected by stopping down to f/16.

From their most recent announcement I pulled this material, “Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art Lens Aluminium Black, Canon EF Mount.

“A Modern Twist on a Revered Photographic Classic – enjoy the unique aesthetic of this historic Art Lens in a sleek black aluminium finish for your Canon EF mounts or mirrorless cameras using adapters.

  • “Enjoy the ethereal aesthetic of the Daguerreotype Achromat in a lustrous onyx black finish
  • “Experience the premium quality craftsmanship of the Lomography Art Lens family
  • “Discover a modern twist for the world’s first photographic optic lens
  • “Unlock total creative freedom and advanced experimentation”

Focal Length: 64 mm
Lens Aperture System: Waterhouse Aperture Plates
Closest Focusing Distance: 0.5 m
Lens Focussing: Manual Focusing Ring
Available Apertures: f/2.9, f/4, f/5.6, f/8, f/11, f/16
Filter Thread: 40.5 mm
Lens Material: Multi–Coated Glass
Lens Body Material: Anodized Aluminum
lens_family: Daguerrotype Achromat

Estimated shipping: 2022-06

The post title is a riff on an old proverb, “a stitch in time saves nine“.

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