Forget the Zeiss Otus 55mm F1.4, Sony Alpha 7R and RX10, Nikon 58mm F1.4 or the tiny Panasonic GM1 - last week's real news was Lomography's introduction of an 'Experimental Lens Kit' for Micro Four Thirds. Comprising a 24mm F8 standard lens, a 12mm F8 wideangle and a 160° F8 fisheye, the kit costs £79 / €89. Each of the lenses even has a built-in shutter with speeds of 1/100sec and Bulb, allowing in-camera multiple exposures, plus a T mode to hold the shutter open for normal live view. In addition all three have a slot for colour gel filters.

All joking aside, lenses like this (and similar 'toy' lenses from the likes of Holga or SLRMagic etc.) can provide an interesting alternative to conventional optics, especially when paired-up with in-camera processing filters. They certainly won't be for everyone; we suspect only a minority of photographers will see them as anything more than frivolous novelties, used once or twice then consigned to the closet or recycled on eBay. Even so, they can be fun to play with occasionally, if only to help refresh your way of looking at the world if your photography is getting stale.

Specifications

STANDARD 24mm LENS

Focal length - 24mm
Aperture - F8
In-lens Shutter Speed - N (1/100) & B (bulb)
Lens Mount  - Micro 4/3 Lens Mount
T-shutter  - Yes
Filter Slot  - Yes

WIDE-ANGLE 12mm LENS

Focal Length - 12mm
Aperture - F8
In-lens Shutter Speed - N (1/100) & B (bulb)
Lens Mount - Micro 4/3 Lens Mount
T-shutter - Yes
Filter Slot - Yes

FISHEYE LENS

Angle of view - 160 degrees
Aperture - F8
In-lens Shutter Speed - N (1/100) & B (bulb)
Lens Mount - Micro 4/3 Lens Mount
T-shutter - Yes
Filter Slot - Yes 

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