Lomogon lens
The new art Lomogon art lens (Pic: Lomography)

Lomography is launching a new ‘art lens’ via Kickstarter.

The Lomogon 32/2.5 lens is designed to be used with SLRs and mirrorless digital cameras.

The lens, which launched on Kickstarter on Wednesday, is Lomography’s 10th Lomography Kickstarter campaign.

The lens is available for $299 (£229) (for a black-painted model) which Lomography says will be 40% cheaper than the normal retail version.

The lens has a dial-type aperture which the user selects before taking a shot. (See detailed pictures below).

The lens is branded as a Zenit lens – Lomography has previously produced lenses with renowned Russian optical works KMZ, the home of Zenit – but Kosmo Foto has learned the lens is actually designed by Zenit but produced in China. The lens is currently only available in Nikon F and Canon EF mounts but can be used on other cameras with the appropriate adaptors.

In the press release for the launch, Lomography listed the lens’ features and specs:

“Travel and Street Photography Revisited: With a 32 mm focal length the Lomogon is perfect for travels, streets, and escapades great and small. A celebration of the Lomography aesthetic, it brings the iconic look of the legendary Lomo LC-A to SLRs and mirrorless cameras.

“Featuring a Sleek and Fuss-free Aperture Mechanism: Its vintage dial-styled aperture mechanism lets you switch through apertures – from f/2.5 to f/11 – with an intuitive click-and-stop feeling. Designed for the super speedy, this dial-styled mechanism allows you to shoot fully manually. And because the aperture is perfectly circular, you can enjoy beautiful bokeh.

“A Carefully Crafted, Beautifully Designed Object: Bringing to mind the timeless qualities of traditional craftsmanship, the Lomogon is an advanced piece of photographic equipment for modern-day adventurers. Available in Canon EF and Nikon F mounts and compatible with numerous other bodies with adaptors available from Lomography.”

The Kickstarter runs until 22 March and as of 2pm on Wednesday it had achieved more than 65% of its $100,000 goal.

See some of the example pics shot on the lens provided by Lomography.

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