Frequently Asked Questions
In August 2016, the first Brass lenses will be dispatched from the factory. The first Black lenses will be available in September 2016 for Low Serial Number Backers. Depending on your pledge tier, you’ll receive your pledge reward between August and December 2016.
Please note that this applies to the first 3000 lenses, others will be shipped later.
Please note that we cannot guarantee exact shipping dates for lenses. Since each one of our hubs has a different clearing time for deliveries from China, it’s possible that some backers will receive their lenses before others.Last updated:
Low Serial Number Rewards ship before other lenses. The Brass version Low Serial Lenses have an estimated shipping date of August 2016. The Black version Low Serial Lenses have an estimated shipping date of September 2016.
Please note that we cannot guarantee exact shipping dates for lenses. Since each one of our hubs has a different clearing time for deliveries from China, it’s possible that some backers will receive their lenses before others.Last updated:
We will ask for your shipping information in a survey which is sent out after the Daguerreotype Achromat Art Lens campaign ends.Last updated:
Shipping & Delivery: Can you indicate zero amount or lower value when shipping to me? I would like to avoid high customs costs.
Customs require that the product be valued with a price, so we can’t declare this with zero value as a gift or donation. Please check the import duty fees with your local customs office – we cannot handle these types of fees.Last updated:
The shipping, handling, and tax costs vary depending on where you are in the world and which reward you pick. Please be aware that extra costs are not just for shipping, they are needed for handling and local charges. When choosing your reward, you will select your shipping location, which will then indicate the extra charges for shipping, handling, and local charges.
The Daguerreotype Achromat Art Lens will be produced in China and shipped to you from one of our hubs around the world. We have hubs in the following locations: Hungary (EU – you will not have any additional importation costs), New York, Hong Kong, and Japan.
If you have a specific question about shipping or tax, please just write us a private message!Last updated:
Yes, delivery times may vary up to 2-3 weeks by region. Please note that we cannot guarantee exact shipping dates for lenses. Since each one of our hubs has a different clearing time for deliveries from China, it’s possible that some backers will receive their lenses before others.Last updated:
The Daguerreotype Achromat Art Lens will be available for delivery to most countries around the world. As shipping, handling, and local charges (excluding customs fees) vary from country to country, please choose your reward to see specific details about your location. Lomography cannot be held liable for any additional customs charges that may occur in your location. We have logistic hubs in the following locations: Hong Kong, Japan, New York, and Hungary (this means we can deliver to EU customers without additional customs fees incurred when you receive your lens). Please be aware there may be extra import costs to pay upon delivery, depending on your location.Last updated:
You will only be charged once the Daguerreotype Achromat Art Lens is successfully funded at the end of the campaign.Last updated:
Backers who live in the State of New York will need to pay Sales Tax. If you are a backer from New York, please add an additional 8.875% onto your pledge amount to cover local sales tax. For example, if you live in the State of New York and pledged for the $450 reward, please add an additional $39.94 onto your pledge amount ($39.94 is 8.875% of $450) to cover New York Sales Tax. If you forgot to add this, or didn’t know about it, don’t worry – it’s simple to add in even now. You can edit the amount you pledge right up until the project ends on the project page.Last updated:
Payment: My payment was declined but I want to be part of this campaign. Is there any other way I can make my payment?
Please contact us via direct message to see if we can find a solution.Last updated:
No problem, all you have to do is increase your pledge.Last updated:
Payment: I want to receive one of the additional adapters/filters/cameras. How do I add the amount to my payment? Do I need to contact you about it afterwards?
If you want something in addition to your reward, check out the Add-On List below. Anything on the Add-On List can be added to your reward – simply increase your pledge by the amount specified in the list. Please note that you can only add things to your reward that are on the Add-On List. You can add as many additional items as you like, all you have to do is calculate and add the sum of these items to your pledge.
ADD ON LIST:
• Add $13 and get an Adapter: Canon EF or Nikon F to Micro4/3 or Sony NEX or Fuji X
• Add $27 and get an Essential Filter Set! (CPL, UV and ND4 filters)
• Add $39 and get a Color Filter Set! (Red, Yellow, Green & Blue filters)
• Add $59 and get the Color Filter Set & the Essential Filter Set!
• Add $150 to get the Lomography LC-A+ and save 40%
• Add $200 to get the Lomography LC-Wide and save almost 50%Last updated:
Features: I have both Canon EF and Nikon F cameras. Will the Daguerreotype Achromat Art Lens work with both?
No, because each Daguerreotype Achromat Art Lens is equipped with either a Canon or Nikon mount and only works directly with one. However, it is possible to use an adapter to shoot with a Nikon lens on a Canon camera body. We cannot make adaptors to shoot with a Canon lens on a Nikon body, since the flange distance is longer for Nikon than Canon. Ideally, you should use the correct mount for your camera as there can be minor deviations with how the lens will work: each lens is precisely calibrated for each model, using a collimator for perfect infinite focusing in our production factory. For this reason, we cannot guarantee the full functioning of the lens on non Nikon/Canon cameras. Please note that we also cannot accept any responsibility for damage to your camera or lens caused by using such an adapter.
Visit our shop to buy adapters: http://shop.lomography.com/lenses/daguerreotype-achromat-art-lensLast updated:
Features: Will the Daguerreotype Achromat Art Lens work on any cameras without a Nikon F or Canon EF mount?
Yes, the Daguerreotype Achromat Art Lens works with loads of different analogue and digital cameras simply by using dedicated adapter mounts. Please check our Online Shop (http://shop.lomography.com/lenses/daguerreotype-achromat-art-lens) to see the variety of adapter mounts we offer for shooting with the Daguerreotype Achromat Art Lens. Here are some of the main pairings possible:
• EOS to M 4/3 Adapter ( i.e. Olympus PEN)
• EOS to NEX Adapter (i.e. Sony A7 and Sony NEX)
• EOS to FX Adapter (i.e. Fuji FX cameras such as X-Pro 1)
• NIKON F to M 4/3 Adapter ( i.e. Olympus PEN)
• NIKON F to NEX Adapter (i.e. Sony A7 and Sony NEX)
• NIKON F to FX Adapter (i.e. Fuji FX cameras such as X-Pro 1)Last updated:
We have spent a great deal of time perfecting the Daguerreotype Achromat Art Lens for it to be compatible with Nikon and Canon cameras. Rather than shift our focus towards making other mounts available, we will continue building on our experience with Canon and Nikon mounts. Additionally, with the help of dedicated adapter mounts, the Daguerreotype Achromat Art Lens can be used on tons of other digital and analogue cameras (i.e. M 4/3, NEX and FX).Last updated:
Features: My DSLR isn’t a full frame image sensor. What difference will this make to my Daguerreotype Achromat Art Lens photos?
Whether you’re shooting with a full-frame or cropped-frame camera, you’ll be able to get great portrait, landscapes, and daily life shots!
Here are specific crop factors for various cameras combined with the Daguerreotype Achromat Art Lens:
• APS-C (such as Canon non full-frame digital SLR cameras, Fuji X-Pro 1, and some Sony NEX cameras): You will have a crop factor of 1.5 – the equivalent focal length of the Daguerreotype Achromat will be 96 mm, or for 1.6 the equivalent focal length of Daguerreotype Achromat will be 102.4 mm.
• Micro 4/3: You will have a crop factor of 2, the equivalent focal length to the Daguerreotype Achromat Art Lens will be 128 mm.
Please also refer to this visual explanation: https://drive.google.com/a/lomography.com/folderview?id=0B50BPMhE5TH1Mm51TUZwYnM5RVk&usp=sharingLast updated:
The Daguerreotype Achromat Art Lens is a very versatile tool. You can alternate between silky soft focus and razor sharp images according to your aperture. Furthermore, the new Lumière and Aquarelle aperture plates create characteristic depth-of-field effects, whilst keeping the subject in focus. This is something that can’t be easily recreated with post processing tools. The images shot with the lens are unique and special without having to resort to additional post production tools – this is something our testers have specifically remarked, and one of the things we are the most proud of. This is what the Lomography Art Lenses are about: each Art Lens has its own unique character – but all share the same attention to detail, optical quality, and exciting image making.
Today, more photographs are taken every two minutes than humanity took in the entire 19th century. In this pixelated era, Lomography believes in keeping the magic in photography alive.Last updated:
We offer a standard 2-year worldwide warranty. Buyers can register their Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art Lens online to secure this. During the 2-year warranty, the lens will be covered against production errors, adjustments to the lens optics (if the product is outside normal parameters), and material failures based on normal lens usage. However, we cannot offer our usual 14-day return policy. Additionally, we cannot offer refunds for rewards that have already been shipped. If you discover a problem with your lens please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or send us a private message through the Kickstarter Page.Last updated:
The New Petzval Art Lenses and the Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 have very different optical designs and can be used to produce very different visual effects. The New Petzval Art Lenses are most famous for giving a swirly bokeh effect. The Daguerreotype Achromat Art Lens is a very versatile lens that can produce sharp images or more of a soft focus effect. It comes with entirely new aperture plates which have a completely new character. The Lumière aperture plates soak images in a radiant, soft glow. The Aquarelle aperture plates blend colors to produce a textured, painterly effect that is rarely achieved in photography. Furthermore, for the Daguerreotype Achromat Art Lens, these aperture plates will be inserted into a shaft in front of the lens elements. On our Petzval lenses, these aperture plates were placed in between lens elements. This means the desired effects are even clearer and stronger with the Daguerreotype Achromat Art Lens – and you can adjust this accordingly, to your heart’s content!Last updated:
The Daguerreotype Achromat Art Lens works with a Waterhouse Aperture Plate system, which allows full creativity with depth of field, and loads of variation in bokeh effects. It's an easy and fully manual way to control your aperture, by inserting specific plates into a shaft in front of the lens elements – in difference to previous models where these were placed in between the lens elements. This means the desired effects are even clearer and stronger than ever before.
The lens will come with classic aperture plates, ranging from f/2.9 to f/16. Additionally, it will come with two sets of special aperture plates: Lumière and Aquarelle – each set consisting of 3. The Lumière aperture plates soak images in a radiant glow, and produce round and curved depth-of-field detail. The Aquarelle aperture plates produce a more feathered effect – similar to that of brushstrokes.Last updated:
Design: What are the differences between old achromat lenses and the Daguerreotype Achromat Art Lens?
Our Daguerreotype Achromat Art Lens is inspired by the world’s very first photographic optic lens, which was designed by Charles Chevalier and used on Daguerreotype cameras in the early 19th century. This historic lens used an achromat doublet design, and had “aberrations” in its image-forming system which caused light rays to split and disperse, drenching images in a powerful natural glow. However, with this old model, pictures had to be shot at small apertures and long exposures for images to be sharp. Photographers used all sorts of obscure and inventive techniques to get their subjects to sit still!
Lomography’s passionate and expert technicians have racked their brains to re-calculate this optic scheme. We’ve lovingly reworked the new Daguerreotype Achromat Art Lens to maximize the usable aperture. You can now enjoy a whole range of shooting – between silky soft focus and razor-sharp images – by manually changing the aperture you shoot with. Furthermore, you can now play around with depth-of-field to produce beautiful and surprising bokeh patterns thanks to the special aperture plates Lumière and Aquarelle. Lomography’s Daguerreotype Achromat Art Lens is now redesigned to fit 135 format, whereas the old 19th century lens only worked with large format.
We have kept the beautiful creative possibilities and stunning brass finish of the historic lens – which we fell madly in love with. We’ve reinvented it for use with modern-day digital and analogue cameras – available in Canon EF or Nikon F SLR mounts, and compatible with multitudes of other cameras using adapter mounts, such as the Sony Alpha series, Fuji X-Pro 1 and Micro 4/3 Cameras.Last updated:
Yes, all lens elements are multi-coated.Last updated:
Yes, the lenses will come with front and rear covers.Last updated:
The image circle of the Daguerreotype Achromat is 44 mm.Last updated:
The Daguerreotype Achromat is equipped with a built-in 40.5 mm filter thread – no additional filter or filter holders are included. Non-screw type filters would need a filter mount.Last updated:
Design: Is there going to be an option for electronic contacts on the Daguerreotype Achromat Art Lens?
No, we have not designed the Daguerreotype Achromat Art Lens to work with electronic contacts. Rather than focus our attention on making it functional with electronic contacts, we have instead focused on perfecting all of the other amazing features of the Daguerreotype Achromat. We actually love the feeling of shooting with a manual lens. It changes the whole experience of photography and slows you down. This system gives you a full understanding of how apertures work and drastically alter your shooting results. This is something our testers have remarked, and you can find more info about what they said on this page. There is a really special feeling to manually changing Waterhouse aperture stops. Our motivation was not to produce a lens which simply looks like a vintage lens, we wanted to recreate the magical experience of photography that people shooting in the 19th century had.
We cannot take any responsibility if backers modify their Daguerreotype Achromat Art Lens and damage their camera.Last updated:
No. The Daguerreotype Achromat is not weather/waterproof.Last updated:
Unfortunately, we cannot disclose all of the exact materials as is the standard practice with all lens manufacturers. However, we can tell you we’re using the most suitable material for every single part of the Daguerreotype Achromat Art Lens with precise and professional engineering, i.e. brass and multicoated glass opticsLast updated:
The weight is 689 g (lens + lens cap). The size is 13 x 6,6 cm / 5 x 2,5 inches.Last updated:
Yes, the lens hood is detachable and can be removed anytime you want.Last updated:
For focusing with the lens you simply turn the focusing ring. The closest focusing distance is 0.5 m.Last updated:
Design: Can I use the (special) aperture plates that I already have from my Petzval Lens on the Daguerreotype Achromat Art Lens?
No, we design our special Waterhouse aperture plates to fit the lens that they come with. The Daguerreotype Achromat Art Lens has a different optic scheme, therefore we had to create new Waterhouse plates to fit this.Last updated:
Design: Are the filters I have for my Petzval 85 or Petzval 58 Art Lens compatible with the Daguerreotype Achromat Art Lens?
No, the filter mount on the Daguerreotype Achromat Art Lens is smaller than the filter mounts on the 58 mm and 85 mm Petzval Art Lenses.Last updated:
No, we are using a special varnish to avoid any type of corrosion on the brass finish of the Daguerreotype Achromat Art Lens.Last updated:
Why is the Daguerreotype Achromat Art Lens not produced in Russia like your previous lenses? Will this affect the quality of the lens?
The Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art Lens has been designed by Lomography’s expert technicians and handcrafted at a small manufactory on the banks of the Yangtse River, in Central China. This is the same manufacturer that builds the iconic Lomo LC-A+ cameras. We have full trust in our team there who we know can produce a high quality lens up to the standards we need – and who can deliver amazing work on time.Last updated:
The lens is constructed from two elements which is what makes it an Achromat. It is built with a beautiful brass or black finish, and is compatible with Canon EF or Nikon F mounts.
• Focal Length: 64 mm
• Maximum Aperture: f/2.9
• Apertures: Waterhouse aperture stops, which go up to f/16.
• Lens Mounting Profile: Canon EF or Nikon F, digital and analogue SLR cameras
• Closest Focusing Distance: 0.5 m
• Focusing Mechanism: helicoid
• Image circle: 44 mm
• Field of view: 37 degrees
• Filter Thread: 40.5 mm
• Electronic Contacts: No
• Lens Construction: 2 elements in 1 groupLast updated:
Follow the link to purchase adapters to shoot with the Daguerreotype Achromat Art Lens on your camera:
LENS ADAPTER EOS-NEX: http://shop.lomography.com/en/bazaar/accessories/eos-nex-adaptor
LENS ADAPTER EOS-FX: http://shop.lomography.com/en/eos-fx-adaptor
LENS ADAPTER EOS-M4/3: http://shop.lomography.com/en/eos-m4-3-adaptor
Visit our shop: http://shop.lomography.com/lenses/daguerreotype-achromat-art-lensLast updated:
The Early Bird and Super Early Bird Deals allow you to get the Daguerreotype Achromat Art Lens for considerably less than the planned retail price. These rewards have limited availability, so don’t wait around!Last updated:
The Low Serial Number Rewards include the very first lenses that will be produced. They will be the first lenses we ship out to backers. These rewards have limited availability, so don’t wait around!Last updated:
Rewards: Can I choose which serial number I get if I pledge for one of the Low Serial Number Rewards?
No, because we want to maintain a fair system for our backers, the Low Serial Number Reward lenses will be delivered according to who backed first, and according to which lens mount you request.Last updated:
Rewards: Why does the number of rewards vary from the amount of serial numbers offered in the Low Serial Number Rewards?
In addition to being available on Kickstarter, the Daguerreotype Achromat Art Lens is also being offered on other crowdfunding platforms. To make the low serial number lenses available for these markets, we are offering a select few of them as rewards on these platforms as well. In addition to this, for production reasons, we need to pre-assign a mount to each of the low serial lenses to meet the demand.Last updated:
Please find more information about the following products by checking out these links:
New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens: http://microsites.lomography.com/petzval-58-bokeh-control-lens/
New Petzval 85 Art Lens: http://microsites.lomography.com/petzval-lens/
Lomo LC-A Minitar-1 Art Lens: http://microsites.lomography.com/minitar1-lens/
New Russar+ Art Lens: http://microsites.lomography.com/russar-lens/
New Jupiter 3+ Art Lens http://microsites.lomography.com/jupiter-3-plus/
Lomo'Instant Sanremo & Lenses: http://microsites.lomography.com/lomo-instant-camera/
LOMO LC-A+ Camera: http://microsites.lomography.com/lca+/
LOMO LC-Wide Camera: http://microsites.lomography.com/lc-wide/Last updated:
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The retail launch price of the Daguerreotype Achromat Art lens is currently $499/€499 for the brass lens and $599/€599 for the black lens, so with the Early Bird and Super Early Bird Deal rewards, you can save up to 40%!Last updated:
If you back a low serial number lens, make sure you back the reward tier for the lens mount that you need. If you do not pledge for a low serial number then we'll send you a short survey soon after the project is successfully funded, where you can define which mount you want.Last updated:
We accept pledges for two lenses with our Bundle Rewards. Unfortunately, due to Kickstarter regulations, we cannot accept more than one pledge.Last updated:
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