Lomography has opened up the crowdfunding campaign for its next lens, the Atoll Ultra-Wide 17mm F2.8 Art Lens for full-frame mirrorless camera systems.
The fully-manual lens is constructed of sandblasted, anodized aluminum and its optical design is comprised of 13 elements in 10 groups and offers a . If offers a 103-degree field of view on full-frame cameras, has an aperture range of F2.8 through F22, and uses an eight-blade aperture diaphragm.
The lens is Leica M-mount native, but also works with Canon RF, Nikon Z and Sony E mount camera systems when used with Lomography’s ‘close-up lens base,’ which is effectively an M-mount to RF/Z/E mount adapter. The Leica M mount version has a minimum focusing distance of 25cm (9.8”) while the RF/Z/E mount versions have a minimum focusing distance of 10cm (4”) since the ‘close-up lens base’ effectively works as an extender. The Leica M mount version also features a rangefinder coupling for an optimal user experience.
The exact size of the lens varies based on what version you get, but the largest version — the Nikon Z mount model — comes in at 73mm (2.9”) in diameter and 91mm (3.6”) long. No weight is mentioned for any of the models.
Below is a gallery of sample images captured with the lens and provided by Lomography:
Across the board, the Leica M mount version is $50 cheaper, as it doesn’t require the ‘close-up lens base.’ The Early Bird special for the Leica M mount version starts at $399, while the RF/Z/E mount models start at $449. As the limited ‘early bird’ and ‘super saver’ pledges run out, the price will increase. The Atoll Ultra-Wide 17mm F2.8 Art Lens will retail for $549 (for Leica M mount version, $600 for RF/Z/E mount version) when it becomes available to purchase by the public after the Kickstarter campaign.
Lomography has successfully funded and delivered on 12 Kickstarter projects in the past, so they’re not new to the world of crowdfunding and have established this as their go-to route for gauging interest and raising funds to produce their products. It says the first units are on track to be delivered to backers in August 2021.
You can find out more information and secure your pledge on the Lomography Kickstarter campaign:
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