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Lomography launches the RF Atoll 17mm f/2.8 Art Lens via Kickstarter

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Lomography has launched the Atoll 17mm f/2.8 Art lens for full-frame mirrorless cameras, including the EOS RF mount. You can save $150 by ordering this lens year.

The Atoll Ultra-Wide 17mm f/2.8 Art

  • GET INTREPID: designed for full-frame mirrorless Canon RF/ Nikon Z/ Sony E cameras and rangefinder coupled for M mount analogue and digital cameras
  • STAY ExTRA: impressive ultra-wide 103º field of view with minimal distortion, vibrant colors and strong contrast
  • GO BOLD: closest focusing distance of
  • 0.1 m with Canon RF, Nikon Z, Sony E cameras and 0.25 m with M mount cameras
  • BE BRAVE: great low-light performance and enhanced rectilinear optic design
  • ROAM FREE: compact and optimized
  • for photo and video with helicoid focusing mechanism, damped aperture control ring and short focus throw

THE WORLD IS YOUR OYSTER

Stop still amid the sea of city-slickers coursing through the gritty streets, wade deep into the dark-green forest and swim among the towering pines, cast off into the sandy desert, voyage into vast open vistas, surf the sidewalk, cruise through the crowds and glide along the great open road. Take a deep breath, dive-in with your eyes wide open, set your sights on new ultra-wide possibilities and drench every inch of your shots in stunning detail and vivid contrasts with the Lomography Atoll Ultra-Wide Art Lens.

Join us on Kickstarter where the Lomography Atoll Ultra-Wide Art Lens will be available to backers at an unrivaled starting price of 399 USD with savings of up to 150 USD to be made.

SOAK UP THE CLOSE-UPS

With the Lomography Atoll Ultra-Wide Art Lens you can get impossibly close to your subject, whilst also capturing the action all around them in jaw-dropping detail. Render every pimple, dimple and wrinkle in the foreground as close as 0.1 m whilst keeping the beautiful, bustling background in piercing focus too. Use the optical viewfinder for accurate composition with analogue cameras and add charisma to every one of the 103º of view through the optic’s superb rendition of colors and lights. With the Atoll Ultra-Wide Art Lens comes a whole new way to see the world, a refreshingly expansive perspective, an invitation to blow your own expectations wide open. Your ultra-wide shots will exaggerate relative size and boast impressive depth for eye-catching, inspiring, immersive photography and film.

GLIDE BETWEEN PHOTO AND FILM

The Lomography Atoll Ultra-Wide Art Lens has been designed with both photographers and filmmakers in mind – sliding between the two setups has never been so easy. Capture landscape, action, street and travel photography as well as breathtaking film from dynamic documentary to awe-inspiring action- adventure. Make your subjects the center of attention and lay their souls bare in every shot. With a modern helicoid focusing mechanism, dampened aperture control ring and short focus throw, you can seamlessly adjust focus and f-stop whilst the camera is rolling for quick, quiet creative control. Take the lid off your imagination, galvanize your versatility and let the magic of your mind’s eye pour out.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

*For further specifications please check our Kickstarter page

  • Focal Length: 17 mm
  • Format Coverage: 35 mm/ full-frame
  • Field of View: 103º
  • Lotus Lens Hood: Yes
  • Lens Construction: 13 multicoated elements, 10 groups
  • Focusing: Manual
  • Closest Focus Distance: 0.1 m (Canon RF, Nikon Z, Sony E), 0.25 m (M mount)
  • Maximum Aperture: f/2.8
  • Aperture Construction: 8 blades, f/2.8–f/22
  • Aperture Ring: Dampened
  • Depth of Field Scale: Yes
  • Mount: M (native) & Canon RF/ Nikon Z/ Sony E (with Close-up Lens Base)
  • Electronic Contacts: No
  • M mount Rangefinder Coupling: Yes
  • M mount Frameline: 28 mm
  • External Optical Viewfinder: Yes
  • Materials: Sandblasted anodized aluminum
  • Dimensions (including Lotus Lens Hood and Close-up Lens Base): 87 mm (Canon RF) / 91 mm (Nikon Z) / 89 mm (Sony E) / ø73 mm × 79 mm (M) Available on Kickstarter: From 399 USD
  • Estimated Retail Price: From 549 USD
  • Delivery Date: August 2021

Learn more about the Atoll 17mm f/2.8 Art lens at Kickstarer

LeBlobe

EOS RP
Nov 9, 2020
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I dont see the max magnification ratio at closest distance on their page? Im still looking at using extension tubes on wide lenses :D

No electronic contacts, does this mean no exif sent to camera?
 
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Antono Refa

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Mar 26, 2014
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Seems strange to me there's no EXIF.

With no AF, communication is limited to the lens reporting its ID, focal length, focusing distance, and aperture. The first two are constant, and the last should be easy to decode from ring position.

So its all down to Canon publishing a small subset of the protocol required to transfer those four items, which would allow all 3rd party lenses to have a profile. Canon is not known for competing with this type of lenses, so it would only help sales of the cameras.
 
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tiggy@mac.com

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I dont see the max magnification ratio at closest distance on their page? Im still looking at using extension tubes on wide lenses :D

No electronic contacts, does this mean no exif sent to camera?


It's a bit confusing. The 10cm minimum focus distance implies that it would be a very large magnification for a wide angle lens, but it turns out this is actually a Leica native mount lens that only works on RF with an adapter that acts as a teleconverter, so the thing is going to be f/4 and much higher focal distance than 17mm. What that does to the MFD and, thus, the magnification ratio can't be guessed. If you're looking for an excellent wide angle macro, the Laowa guys make a 15mm f/4 1:1 macro that I love. Us it on the RF stuff via an ef-rf converter. Don't confuse their newer f/4 15mm non-macro lens for this. Some retailers make it a bit confusing on their sites.
 

jvillain

EOS RP
Sep 29, 2018
251
198
Interesting but I will not touch kickstarter agin until there is accountability for the companies raising money there. Right now you can raise a million dollars throw it away on hookers and blow and there are absolutely no consequences.
 

cayenne

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CR Pro
Mar 28, 2012
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Interesting but I will not touch kickstarter agin until there is accountability for the companies raising money there. Right now you can raise a million dollars throw it away on hookers and blow and there are absolutely no consequences.

I"ve had VERY good luck with the Lomography lenses from Kickstarter in the past....I got the early Petzval 58 (original with plate apertures only), and the Lomogon 32...both in EF mount.

I got the brass ones and they are well made and fun to use. I don't use the Lomogon as much, and I have been thinking about getting another Petzval that has the dual aperture (plates and diaphragm) and has the bokeh control.....just for convenience..

I've adapted both of these EF lenses to Leica for use on my M10M....

I've been toying with the idea of this lens, which has a rangefinder coupled M mount...and comes with the viewfinder to use on the Leica....but mostly looking with the though to get the combo that also has a 20% off on the Petzval lens in 85mm I described above....

But thing is....I have a wide lens that I already enjoy, the Laowa 15mm 1:1 macro lens....which is the EF model that works great on my Canon 5D3....and with adapter is great on my M10M. Hell, it even works pretty well on my GFX100 with an adapter.

So...I"m debating how much I'd really use this 17mm. I like that it is rangefinder coupled...but would I use it that much?

But as far as doing Kickstarters with Lomography, I'd trust them no problem based on past history with them.

Their lenses are fun...they are not going to be the "clinical" razor sharp lens that you are getting with native RF...but that's kind of the point, to get lenses with character and are fun to use.

You can already get clinical with RF....these lenses are meant to give different looks...and the prices are right too.

That's my $0.02,
cayenne
 

AJ

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Sep 11, 2010
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Surprised to see the "art" designation. I would have thought that's trademarked by Sigma.