Upcoming Petzval Lens Gives Your Portraits a Swirly

Saturday, 27 July 2013 StrongMocha 0



The Lomography Petzval Portrait Lens

A Legendary 19th Century Lens. Reinvented For Use With All Nikon F & Canon EF Mount Analog & Digital SLR Cameras.

In the 19th Century, the vast majority of photos were shot with the extremely popular Petzval lens. The lens was invented by Joseph Petzval in Vienna in 1840 and had a huge impact on the development of photography. Photos shot with a Petzval lens are immediately recognizable for their sharpness and crispness, strong color saturation, wonderful swirly bokeh effect, artful vignettes and narrow depth of field. The totally distinctive look of Petzval photos is all about the fantastic lens design that gives you the satisfaction of the instant optic experience that goes far beyond using photo editing software and filters.
Photos shot with a Petzval lens are immediately recognizable for their super-sharp focus areas and wonderful swirly bokeh effect at the non-focused areas. Expect strong color saturation, artful vignettes and narrow depth of field.


The New Lomography Petzval Lenses will be manufactured by a team of optics specialists at the Zenit factory in Russia. They are built from brass and feature premium glass optics. We already have a first working sample of the new Petzval Lens and are very excited by the results. However, we need your support so that we can finalize the lens design and fund the first production of new lenses. Let’s bring back this incredible art lens for a whole new generation of photographers and filmmakers in the 21st century!





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



(Above: A diagram of the Petzval lens and field curvature)




(Above: A diagram of a normal lens)


Expected delivery date of the lenses is on February 2014.. You can get yours through this project on Kickstarter


Some more example Images (The photos shown are either shot with an old archival Petzval lens or the first working prototype. The image quality of our first working sample from Russia boasts extremely high resolution and image quality.)