A Perfect Vintage Match: the Daguerreotype Achromat Art Lens and an Expired Film

When it comes to the Daguerreotype Achromat Art Lens, we instantly picture soft and seamless shots that remind us of the historical Pictorialist style. Lomographer Rachel Man, a.k.a. rachelmanlomo Hong Kong outings earlier this year give us another fresh look on using the Art Lens, this time with an expired roll of the favorite Lomography Color Negative 800.

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Even in its expired state, the Lomography Color Negative 800 continues fare well on certain visual styles. With the Daguerreotype Achromat Art Lens, the film grain and the more underexposed quality of the photos naturally mesh with the soft focus of the lens, while uniquely sharpening and shaping up specks of bokeh.

Surprisingly, this combination makes a good pair for a one-of-a-kind retro-futuristic aesthetic, where the grit and bursts of color on the streets find a happy medium to coexist harmoniously.

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The photos are quite reminiscent of the Hong Kong-based filmmaker Wong Kar Wai’s cinematographic style (think: Chungking Express) — using neon lights and harshly-lit environments while softening these qualities through focusing.

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Check out Rachel’s Lomographic journeys through her rachelmanlomo and Instagram!

written by cielsan on 2021-10-26

Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art Lens

The world’s first photographic optic lens from 1839 redesigned to work with modern-day digital and analogue cameras and deliver the most unique ethereal aesthetics imaginable. Compatible with Canon EF and Nikon F mounts, and many more using adapters.

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