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Lomography announces 'Experimental Lens Kit' for Micro Four Thirds

By dpreview staff on Oct 21, 2013 at 10:00 GMT

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 

Additional Images

Source: Lomography

Comments

Total comments: 47
icexe
By icexe (6 months ago)

I got a similar kit from Holga last year. I thought it would be a refreshing change from the routine to play with some blurry, under/over exposed image effects.

I was hoping for at least a couple of fun, quirky results to build on, but what I really got were just a ton of awful, harshly lit, and completely unappealing garbage images. This "fun" experiment was over a couple of days later.

The entire kit was pretty cheap though, so I'm not upset about the purchase.

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chewdoggydog
By chewdoggydog (6 months ago)

So......buy and try, or just keep posting nonsense of a product you know nothing about......ps.....duh!

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Sdaniella
By Sdaniella (6 months ago)

the point of lomography is to be able to do fun/trick shots photographically in-camera on the spot live with the lens in hand, and not necessarily to resort to post-processing it for the same effects later on in a digital dark room

at least the small form factor of most m43 suit lomography because of lens interchangeability that regular dcams of similar sizes don't lend themselves to more extreme photographic lomography

far better than opting for limited WA lens adapter lacking independent shutter control on a dcam

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Limar
By Limar (6 months ago)

"Forget the Zeiss Otus 55mm F1.4, Sony Alpha 7R and RX10, Nikon 58mm F1.4 or the tiny Panasonic GM1"

You have begun to sound like Ken Rockwell, when he is agitated about something - important or not.

Hating what you don't like and having no polite reservation to express it in what should be a respectably objective site, is not cool.

Please maintain the class that has made dpreview respectable thus far.

Sorry and thanks!

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lyman001
By lyman001 (6 months ago)

are you sure???

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Sam VG
By Sam VG (6 months ago)

Did you notice the second paragraph started with "All joking aside"?

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acidic
By acidic (6 months ago)

Does that mean everything in the first paragraph was supposed to be a joke, i.e. not true? Because I was actually interested in the focal lengths, price, built in shutter, etc.

"All joking aside," I have no interest in this garbage. The only possible market for such a kit are hipsters. But hipsters will either simulate retro photograpy with apps on their iphone, or will go all-in retro and shoot with a circa 1972 manual camera body and real film. Nobody in their right mind would purchase something so half-assed.

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forsakenbliss
By forsakenbliss (6 months ago)

Interesting. How does multiple shots work on digital sensor?

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Sdaniella
By Sdaniella (6 months ago)

simple:
open and close the shutter more than once on a single long exposure

fireworks shooters just use a lens cover action to keep firebursts better separated in "multiple sensor uncoverings" (rather than touch the shutter mechanism multiple times) on a single long exposure

in brighter conditions, a very short shutter (fast-times) opening speeds work fine multiple times on a single shot exposure

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Summi Luchs
By Summi Luchs (6 months ago)

Not for everyone...but for whom ? While such an experimental kit would make sense for film photography I don't see the point for digital. Color filters and double exposures can be applied by post processing with much more control. 12mm (24mm equiv.) is nothing special today. It all comes down to buy a bad fisheye at 1/3 of the price of the cheapest good one (e.g. Samyang).

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kodachromeguy
By kodachromeguy (6 months ago)

These are cool. But we already have a semi-corrected lens for micro 4/3, the Olympus 15 mm lens cap. I'm tempted to try one. An old Leica Elmar or Summitar also works well at full aperture, but there you are stuck with 100 mm equivalent focal length.

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Lan
By Lan (6 months ago)

It strikes me that the built in shutter would be useful for a film based homebrew camera.

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comet suisei
By comet suisei (6 months ago)

Real news?

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KariIceland
By KariIceland (6 months ago)

THis proves, there are plenty of fools left in the world yet to buy garbage for way more than things are worth.

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JTHAIN
By JTHAIN (6 months ago)

I thought the Olympus Lens Cap Lens would be a fun toy, until I realized I got better images from my phone. Now it sits on the shelf. I won't buy this, but I like seeing lenses like this hit the market. It would make for a fun photo weekend or two.

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Anfy
By Anfy (6 months ago)

Since each lens has a shutter, is it possible to know the latest serial numbers so to get the latest batch to avoid the chance of possible oil/dust issues, or better, can we start to complain so that Lomography will release soon a revised Exper610mental lens kit and the original gets discounted? :-)
Joking aside, I think these kind of glasses, like the Lensbaby Composer with double glass (as well as other product of the same brand), the old Spiratone Portragon 100mm, the adpted Pentax 110 lenses, or the lenscap glasses (?) and a thousand other non conventional optics, are pure fun.
Not for everyone, undoubtedly, and not for every occasion, but a timeslip in the past for those, old as me, who remember the excitement when the Polaroid or Kodak instant print came out of nothing, or the all those hours spent in the darkroom where everything was really dark, with that damned tiny yellow/green or red light and the manual dodges and burns done with metal wires, paper or bare hands. :-)

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Impulses
By Impulses (6 months ago)

I'd maybe buy the fisheye separately, if available, since I'll probably neve get to shoot with a fisheye otherwise... It'd be interesting to fool around with. I know if I get the whole pack they'll just collect dust tho.

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Ramanamana
By Ramanamana (6 months ago)

hmm, same here. or maybe I should just sell my 12mm SLRmagic lens and buy these...

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Ferling
By Ferling (6 months ago)

"hey certainly won't be for everyone; we suspect only a minority of photographers will see them as anything more than frivolous novelties,"

I have to disagree. I got a box full of 'frivolous novelties' in the form of vintage glass. I actually consider some of them as tools for very specific looks that would be a hassle to duplicate in post. (Some folks love it when I tell them a little bit about a particular lens I'm going to shoot them with).

Once in a while I need to escape from the purgatory of pixel perfect product photo shoots and just have some fun, man. (Frankly, as soon as I started shooting for cash, the fun was shelved).

One thing to consider is that using a lens for an effect (vs. post) puts more reliance on the photographer, and can revive ones aspirations to go out and take nice photos. $79 is about right for 3 pieces of glass, (I average $25 per unique vintage on eBay). I say go for it.

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Andy Westlake
By Andy Westlake (6 months ago)

I don't think Lomography says anywhere about 'glass'...

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Ferling
By Ferling (6 months ago)

Ok. "Plastic" then. The message still works.

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Bill Rees
By Bill Rees (6 months ago)

I'll hold off until I see a DXOMark evaluation. :)

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derdirk
By derdirk (6 months ago)

I have done a quick first look on those lenses. I have to say I like them.
http://www.essl.de/wp/2013/10/21/lomography-experimental-lens-kit/

cheers,
dirk

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JBurnett
By JBurnett (6 months ago)

I like your IR shots in particular. If you're going to experiment, why not take it as far as you can?

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derdirk
By derdirk (6 months ago)

Absolutely. They even state 'experimental' in the product name, right?

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ManuelVilardeMacedo
By ManuelVilardeMacedo (6 months ago)

I'm disappointed. This article has been posted six hours ago and no one complained about the "equivalent aperture" yet.

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GKN
By GKN (6 months ago)

They'll come along with the review of brick wall photos and cat photos.

..... and of course the comments about lens profiles in Lightroom......

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alfredo_tomato
By alfredo_tomato (4 months ago)

I will hold off commenting until I see the DXOMark scores.

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Frank_BR
By Frank_BR (6 months ago)

Most likely these lenses are so poorly grinded that they should be called "aspherical" :-)

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stevens37y
By stevens37y (6 months ago)

unspherical

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Digitall
By Digitall (6 months ago)

This is the MFT year, or is beginning to be an important year for the MFT on bodies and lens. Well done Lomo. for a "plastic" lens will not be so cheap as we might think, for a little more we can get a well made and better materials single lens for MFT, I'm remember now the cheap Sigma's, but it's a valid option in the name of creativity.

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Tom_A
By Tom_A (6 months ago)

It is interesting how Lomography is trying to reinvent itself for the digital age whe staying true to its roots.
First the Petzval lens which I thought was quite cool, now this.
I must say that like the writer of the article, I wonder about the long term interst of this kit. I would rather do dual exposure or add coloured filters with photoshop for example (if at all).

Still. We have to commend Lomo for bringing some truly alternative products to the market.
I am curious for their future releases? Petzval lenses for other mounts perhaps? A very cheap plastic technical camera? Etc.

As an aside, a fee months ago I bought the lomo horizon "perfekt", a repackaged classic russian panoramic camera; and also the 6x12 Belair with the 90mm russian belairgon lens. And shooting with these cameras has been a lot of fun so far with great results!

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vesa1tahti
By vesa1tahti (6 months ago)

Impressive, very impressive! Immediatelly buying an E-M1 body only, and this multi lens set !!!

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whawha
By whawha (6 months ago)

Interesting, fun, and inexpensive. What's not to like?

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (6 months ago)

Sounds like a lot of fun for the money.

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stevens37y
By stevens37y (6 months ago)

Sounds like a lot of money for the fun.

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Jogger
By Jogger (6 months ago)

You can prob. get knock offs on ebay for $5... theyre all made in the same chinese factory.

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (6 months ago)

I dare you to find them.

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D1N0
By D1N0 (6 months ago)

If you can't put them on an iPhone they're useless.

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YouDidntDidYou
By YouDidntDidYou (6 months ago)

"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 fleaBay. 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."

That's a bit harsh, even uncalled for! People who buy them will use them, with the low price and 10% discount offer for 3 lenses that take filters and T mode you can hardly go wrong.
Lomography and "alternative" lenses have a strong following across the world and no I do not see many used lomography type lenses on fleabay.

Maybe these lenses aren't right for the typical dpreview demographic but hey photography doesn't revolve around dpreview...

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citrontokyo
By citrontokyo (6 months ago)

"Lomography and "alternative" lenses have a strong following across the world"

You contradict yourself. The essence of "alternative" is not being popular, and yet you say it has a strong following. Well, which is it?

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YouDidntDidYou
By YouDidntDidYou (6 months ago)

@citrontokyo
strong does not mean popular, the essence of "alternative" is not being unpopular either...

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Lukino
By Lukino (6 months ago)

The world is big, so it's all about scale. You can be a small niche market and sell huge numbers.

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AngryCorgi
By AngryCorgi (6 months ago)

absolute waste of money...

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JadedGamer
By JadedGamer (6 months ago)

Why? Some people like the artistic feel the images from such lenses (and Lensbaby etc.) give.

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Optimal Prime
By Optimal Prime (6 months ago)

Shame there are no photos showing what each lens can do.

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kai0815
By kai0815 (6 months ago)

try that link to Lomography

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Total comments: 47