Today, we take a walk in Southeastern France, in the Drôme department, with the ultra-wide-angle shots taken by Philippe Multeau a.k.a. frenchyfyl with our new Atoll Ultra-Wide 2.8/17 Art Lens! Thanks to its impressive 103º field of view and its 17 mm focal length, this lens offers a new refreshingly expansive perspective for full-frame mirrorless and M mount cameras. The photos were taken with a Leica camera and the Lomography Color Negative 35 mm 400 ISO show that the new Atoll lens allows shooting eye-catching, inspiring, immersive images with the classic Lomography vignetting, eye-popping colors, and stunning saturation.
"Having a lens inspired by the Lomo LC-Wide on a Leica, it's already very thrilling in itself. With an f/2.8 aperture, it's magical!" Philippe says. Discover the photographer's opinion of the Atoll Lens while enjoying a little excursion in the countryside.
Hello Philippe, how have you been since the last time we spoke?
I'm doing pretty well, even if the actual context and the sanitary measures don't allow me to take as many pictures as I would like to.
Could you introduce yourself and let us know for how long you have been part of the Lomography Community for those who wouldn't have the chance to read you in the Lomography Magazine yet?
I live in a tiny village, a little hidden paradise in the Drôme department in France. When I'm not taking photos, I'm a graphic designer for the local newspaper or for a graphic studio and for a printing company. I discovered Lomography in 2011 with the Diana, and ever since, I staid an active member of the Community with always the same pleasure.
You recently tested the new Atoll Ultra-Wide 2.8/17 Art Lens, what were your first impressions?
My very first reaction was: "Pretty cool! A new lens for my Leica!". The Leica M mounts lenses are quite rare, except the ones made by Leica which I, unfortunately, can't afford! So I was very happy as hearing that Lomography will launch a lens designed for my camera would mean: an exciting product, a good quality, and a reasonable budget! When I received the lens to test, I immediately mounted it on my camera. And yes, I was indeed very pleased: an ultra-wide-angle compact lens with a large aperture, wow!
Could you tell us a bit more about the photos you took in your village with the lens?
Because of lockdown measures in France, I was not able to go out far away and for a long time. At that time, we were only allowed to go out for one hour per day and in a 1km area around our house, it was a bit frustrating! Thankfully, the landscape around my home is quite magnificent and is perfect to use a wide-angle lens, so no need to go very far to test the Atoll. I also went to the village's tennis court and a city park with two of my neighbors in order to get a more "urban" vibe in my pictures and to not only do landscape photography.
What do you like in a wide-angle photo? And what was the widest lens you have worked with in the past?
I really like wide-angle lenses, the images produced are quite punchy and it fits well with the idea I have of the Lomography movement. This is for this reason that the camera I have used the most is the Lomo LC-Wide ! The shortest lens I have used on my Leica is a Voigtländer 15 mm. But I think that the Atoll is much better because it opens at f/2.8 whereas the Voigtländer only opens at f/4.5. The images are more nervous and I retrieve the aesthetic of my beloved Lomo LC-Wide.
How would you describe your shooting experience with the Atoll Ultra-Wide 2.8/17 Art Lens ? What did you like the most?
A positive experience! Having a lens inspired by the Lomo LC-Wide on a Leica, it's already very thrilling in itself. With an f/2.8 aperture, it's magical!
For what other kinds of photography would you recommend the Atoll lens? And what advice would you give to someone trying the lens for the first time?
Don't hesitate to get close to your subject and to play with the vanishing lines of the scenery. We could say that this kind of lens is perfect for landscapes, but on the contrary, I think that the Atoll will show all its potential in Street Photography. I'm looking forward to discovering the pictures from the other testers who tried it in an urban environment!
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