Lo­mog­ra­phy Da­guerreo­type Achro­mat 64mm f/2.9 art lens

$499 (around £400) www.lo­mog­ra­phy.com

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As this month’s Big Test makes clear, there’s no short­age of con­ven­tional por­trait lenses, but here’s an alternative that’s any­thing but con­ven­tional. Lo­mog­ra­phy has taken the de­sign of the world’s first pho­to­graphic op­tic and re­worked it to pro­vide fun, cre­ative ef­fects that are par­tic­u­larly suit­able for por­trait pho­tog­ra­phy.

At its max­i­mum aper­ture the Achro­mat pro­duces at­mo­spheric soft-fo­cus ef­fects, but stop down to f/5.6 or smaller and you get images with deep con­trast and ra­zor-sharp def­i­ni­tion. Aper­ture is con­trolled by slot­ting small aper­ture plates into the lens, with each plate cor­re­spond­ing to a spe­cific aper­ture size. Use the Lu­mière plates for images with a soft, even glow, or go for the Aquarelle plates if you want out-of-fo­cus ar­eas to have a tex­tured, wa­ter­colour look.

With a min­i­mum fo­cus dis­tance of just 50cm, the Achro­mat is also ide­ally suited to cre­ative macro pho­tog­ra­phy, whether you want to blur out the back­ground or keep every­thing sharp. What­ever your cho­sen sub­ject, though, you’ll just have to bear in mind that it’s a strictly man­ual af­fair, so you’ll need to ex­per­i­ment with ex­po­sure.

First im­pres­sions_ You’ll prob­a­bly have to ex­per­i­ment a bit to get eye­catch­ing re­sults with this lens, but it should none­the­less pro­vide plenty of scope for fun and cre­ative por­trait, macro and still-life pho­tog­ra­phy.

The Achro­mat 64mm art lens is avail­able in brass or black fin­ishes, with black cost­ing an ex­tra $100 (around £80)

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