Thursday, July 25, 2013

Lomography Petzval Portrait Lens for Analog and Digital SLR Cameras

Lomography has announced its newest product, the Petzval portrait lens. The original Petzval lens was invented by Joseph Petzval  and "is one of the very first and greatest lenses of all time." Reloaded in 2013 by Lomography and Zenit, the lens has an 85mm focal length, a field of view of 30 degrees, compatibility with Canon EF and Nikon F mounts, no autofocus (there are no electrical contacts), and a minimum focusing distance of 3.28 feet/1 meter.

The Lomography Petzval Lens attached to analogue Canon and Nikon SLRs

The new Lomography Petzval lens has great color saturation and high contrast. The resolution of the focused area of each photo is extremely high. Because of the large aperture of the new lens, you'll get photos with a very narrow depth of field, and when shooting with the aperture wide open, you'll get a beautiful vignetting effect in your shots. It's the ideal portrait lens!

Lens Technical Specifications
Focal Length: 85mm
Maximun Aperture: f/2.2
Apertures: Waterhouse aperture set, up to F/16
Image Circle: 44mm
Field of View: 30 degrees
Lens Mounting Profile: Canon EF and Nikon F
Electronic Contacts: No
Closest Focusing Distance: 1m
Focussing Mechanism: Gear Rack Focusing
Filter Thread: 67mm
Here are some of example photographs taken using an old archival Petzval lens or the first working prototype:

Want your own Lomography Petzval Portrait Lens? Support their project and make a Kickstarter pledge today! Visit the Petzval (D)SLR Art Lens for more info.

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