Cam­era: Nep­tune Lenses

HWM (Singapore) - - CONTENTS - By Mar­cus Wong Pho­tog­ra­phy by Orland S. Punzalan

In­spired by Charles Che­va­lier’s con­vert­ible lens sys­tem from the 19th cen­tury, the the Lo­mog­ra­phy So­ci­ety In­ter­na­tional’s Nep­tune Con­vert­ible Art Lens Sys­tem is com­posed of mul­ti­ple el­e­ments. There’s a rear lens el­e­ment that at­taches to the cam­era it­self, and a selec­tion of three front el­e­ments.

Th­ese are the Tha­lasa 3.5/35 Art Lens, the De­spina 2.8/50 Art Lens, and the Pro­teus 4/80 Art lens. To­gether, they of­fer three of the most com­monly used fo­cal lengths for a va­ri­ety of pho­tog­ra­phy sub­jects. Shift from land­scape pho­tog­ra­phy to still life cap­ture to por­traits sim­ply by chang­ing the front el­e­ment.

Be­cause the Nep­tune sys­tem uses a dual aper­ture sys­tem with the rear lens el­e­ment main­tain­ing a typ­i­cal aper­ture sys­tem, the aper­ture num­bers only in­di­cate the op­ti­mal max­i­mum aper­ture for each lens. You can ex­per­i­ment with the en­tire range of aper­ture val­ues no mat­ter what front lens is in­stalled.

Other things to play with are the drop-in aper­ture plates that go in be­tween the front and rear lens el­e­ments. Th­ese come in a va­ri­ety of shapes that af­fect the way the sys­tem ren­ders bokeh, giv­ing your images a unique look.

Un­like to­day’s lenses, the Nep­tune sys­tem re­lies on man­ual fo­cus so you’ll be fully re­spon­si­ble for the sharp­ness of the images cap­tured. But that’s a good thing, as it takes you back to the craft of pho­tog­ra­phy it­self, so you’ll learn to slow down and cre­ate your images.

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