Lomography Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art lens now in chrome-plated finish

Lomography has announced that its Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art lens will now be available in a chrome-plated finish. The company is perhaps better known for its retro-inspired lo-fi film cameras – see our list of the best Lomography cameras to buy right now.


Focal length: 64mm
Max. aperture: f/2.9
Mounts: Canon EF, Nikon F
Min. focusing distance: 0.5m
Field of view: 37 degrees
Filter thread: 40.5mm

Pentax K mount available in Brass and Black finish

Up until now, the 64mm f/2.9 Lomo lens has only been available in black and brass options. These were designed for users of Canon EF, Nikon F and Pentax K-mount cameras, although the new finish will only be offered to users of the former two. 

The Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art, which began life as a Kickstarter project in 2016, promises "silky soft focus at f/2.9 and crisp sharp shots from f/5.6 onwards".

It's based on a 1839 design and, in lieu of a physical aperture ring, is designed to accept Waterhouse aperture plates, which are dropped into a slot on the barrel (pictured below).

As with the existing finishes, the lens will also come with a selection of special aperture shapes to help users create unusual bokeh effects, which are also pictured below.

According to the company, the lens is handcrafted at a small manufactory in Central China. The new chrome finishing is designed to undergo heavy usage, and protect the lens from wear and tear.

Scroll down to see some sample images from the new lens. For more details, head over to the microsite Lomography has put together for the new optic.

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Matt Golowczynski

The former editor of Digital Camera World, "Matt G" has spent the bulk of his career working in or reporting on the photographic industry. For two and a half years he worked in the trade side of the business with Jessops and Wex, serving as content marketing manager for the latter. 

Switching streams he also spent five years as a journalist, where he served as technical writer and technical editor for What Digital Camera before joining DCW, taking on assignments as a freelance writer and photographer in his own right. He currently works for SmartFrame, a specialist in image-streaming technology and protection.