German startup C.P. Goerz has launched its new 'always-in-focus' Citograph 35mm F8 lens on the crowdfunding website Kickstarter. The Citograph is designed to shoot photos 'instantly' by removing the need to manually focus and adjust the lens, with C.P. Goerz claiming that its product 'may very well revolutionize street photography.'

The lens features a disc aperture equal to F8 alongside a 35mm focal length and super-compact design—the Citograph does not have any moving parts.

"The Citograph 35 was designed specifically for capturing those fleeting, decisive moments that are gone in the flash of an eye," the company says, explaining that anything located at least 9ft / 2.8m from the camera ranging to infinity will be in focus. Despite its capabilities—or because of them—the lens is described as being among the thinnest in the world.

Here are a few sample images C.P. Goerz published on Kickstarter:

C.P. Goerz plans to offer the Citograph 35mm lens in Sony E, Fuji, Nikon, Canon, Pentax, MFT and Leica M mounts.

Those interested in acquiring this strange WYSIWYG lens can claim a unit by pledging at least $220 USD on the Kickstarter campaign (early bird offer). Shipping to backers is estimated to start in March of 2018, with the company planning to launch the product on the retail photography marketing in the Spring of 2018 at an expected retail price of $550 USD.

Technical specs per Kickstarter page:

  • Magnification ratio 1:8
  • Optical construction 4 elements in 3 groups
  • Field of view +/- 31°
  • Distortion ≤ 1% Light loss max. 27 %
  • Focussing 3m bis ∞
  • Filter thread M 37 x 0,75
  • Dimensions Ø 58 mm x 23 mm
  • Weight ±. 120g