Lomography has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the manufacture of their new art lens the Lomogon. It was designed to recreate some of the classic Lomography aesthetic you get from the Lomo LC-A, but now for DLSRs, Mirrorless cameras, and good old film SLRs.
For those of you have not been following me long I became well know for my photography though the use of the Lomo LC-A, a little Russian camera that became a cult classic in the late 90s, early 2000s. You can see some of my images taken with the Lomo LCA here, the Lomogon was designed to bring some of the aesthetic into the digital age.
I feature in Lomography’s Kickstarter campaign video and they also made a separate little video of me using the lens in Brighton which you can see below. Of course I had to test it out on members of Brighton Swimming Club.
You have to set the Lomogon’s focus and aperture manually which means you have to set the pace of your of photography a little slower and in the digital instant age that’s always a good thing. Lomography have been sitting on this lens for a while as I first used a prototype in November 2016 and have had to keep tight-lipped since then, but now I can show the images I took with it and my Canon 5D mark iii.
Unlike other Lomogaphic art lenses like the Petzval 58mm and Petzval 85mm you don’t the swap aperture plates to change the aperture, this lens has an aperture wheel which turns to change the aperture, which is lot quicker.
Depending on how you process images you can definitely get the Lomo LCA look to the images taken with it. Where the Lomogon really differs from the original LC-A lens is the Lomogon’s minimal focus distance. The original LC-A only let you get to within 90cm but the Lomogon’s minimal focus distance is 30cm. At 30cm you can get really intimate portraits. It’s focal length matches that of the Lomo LC-A’s 32mm and has the same field of view as the LC-A.
I had great fun using this lens when I had it, unfortunately I had to give it back and send it to the next photographer to try. I can’t wait to get my hands on a production model. If you want one check out Lomography’s Kickstarter page.
Below are more photos I took using the Lomogon when testing it in 2016