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Lomography’s new lens system fits cameras of all shapes and sizes

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A funky alternative for film or digital

Kitschy camera company Lomography (or Lomo) has returned to Kickstarter for its seventh crowdfunding campaign: a trio of lenses that can fit most name-brand digital or film cameras. The Neptune Convertible Art Lens System, as Lomo calls it, is being sold as a package of three fixed lenses — a 35mm f3.5, a 50mm f2.8, and an 80mm f4.0.

The system starts at $599, comes in silver or black, and is paired with an adapter that can fit the lenses to everything from a Canon 5D Mark IV to an Olympus Pen-F to a Leica M. (Backers will have to specify which mount they want when they order, though.)

We haven’t had a chance to try them yet, but there are some impressive sample images available on Lomo’s Kickstarter page from various photographers who have. It’s not easy to find three even halfway decent name-brand lenses for under $1,000, so the versatility of Lomo’s new system might be the best thing about it at this price. (Though it’d be even nicer if you could easily swap them between cameras without buying new mounts.)

Lomo is also throwing in drop-in aperture plates that can shape the background blur or bokeh. The company plans to make more lenses in this system, too, and it says that backers will get a chance to vote for which lens they want Lomo to make next.

The Lomography brand has been around for a while, and it has proven it can operate successful Kickstarter campaigns without ghosting on its backers. Curious photographers should know they’ll be in for a wait, though, because the Neptune lenses won’t ship until at least December 2017 or January 2018.