Lomography has announced the sale, after overcoming a crowfunding process , of its Neptune interchangeable lens system. This is how they denominate this product that uses a base element that can be combined with other three to obtain different optical lengths in 35, 50 and 80 mm in a curious “objective three in one”, manufactured by hand, of premium quality (according to its creators) and clear retro inspiration.
Not surprisingly, according to Lomography the idea is inspired by the first system of interchangeable lenses of the worldinvented by Charles Chevalier around 1840. What is clear is that the system does not resemble any other market optics and is compatible with both cameras digital as analog.
Neptune is composed, as we say, of a base element and three fixed focal elements that have their own name: Thalassa, Despina and Proteus (respectively). His idea, according to the press release, is “to experiment with a wide range of stops ƒ and special opening plates to achieve an infinity of creative styles“. In fact, they also include opening plates similar to those we saw in the Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9 / 64 Art Lens (replica of the first optic in history also made by Lomography) to achieve special effects with bokeh in a traditional way.
Thalassa (35 mm) is presented as the perfect choice for architecture, street photography and reporting, with a minimum focusing distance of 25 cmand a maximum aperture of ƒ3.5. Despina (50 mm) is, for its part and according to Lomography, ” ideal for fashion photography, editorials or day-to-day photography, with a delicate bokeh using the larger aperture” ( ƒ2.8 ) and a focus distance of 40 cm.
Finally, Proteus (80 mm) offers a smaller depth of field, ” which means that it produces a beautiful bokeh in the background of the image, perfect to frame your portraits.” Its open diaphragm is ƒ4.0 and the minimum focus distance is 80 cm. In any case, the system includes a macro adapter to allow you to approach the objects and capture them in detail with each of the three focal lengths.
Price and availability
The system of interchangeable artistic lenses Neptune is available in two colors (black and silver) and in three different frames: Canon EF, Nikon F and Pentax K at a price of 990 euros each. In addition, for a little more (1,014.90 euros) there are also other kits that include an adapter for cameras with mount M4 / 3, Fuji X and Sony NEX.