Lomography launches Lomogon 2.5/32 art lens on Kickstarter

This 32mm f/2.5 lens is designed to fit DSLR and mirrorless cameras via appropriate adaptors and is designed to mimic the high contrast, high saturation, vignetted effect of Lomography’s Lomo LC-A camera to a digital audience.

It’s a way to get an old-style lo-fi hipster look without having to buy and use the quirky plastic film-based LC-A, though you’d have to suspect that the camera itself is a big part of the ‘experience’.

The 32mm focal length is in the classic sweet spot for street photography and the f/2.5 maximum aperture is half-way fast enough for low-light shooting too. The Lomogon 2.5/32 does have a very unusual aperture mechanism – it dispenses with a regular adjustable diaphragm inside the lens in favour of an odd rotating aperture disc that sits proud of the lens barrel – you turn the disc to line up the aperture opening you want inside the lens.

Designed in conjunction with Russian maker Zenith, the Lomogon 2.5/32 will be assembled in China in a choice of black or brass finishes. Everything is completely manual, from the aperture settings to the focus. Lomography lenses are designed for artistic experimentation rather than regular everyday photography, so you need to be prepared for real hands-on, manual control.

Lomography was founded in 1992 by a bunch of Viennese students who became fans of the Lomo LC-A and wild analog film experimentation. It’s going strong today, with an online shop that sells re-incarnations of classic plastic cameras and quirky film stocks.

You can’t buy the Lomogon 2.5/32 yet, but you can join the Kickstarter project between February 20 and March 22 to get a 40% discount on the lens when it finally ships.

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