Frequently Asked Questions
The first 600 lenses are estimated to ship before the end of the year. So anyone who pledged for an Early Bird Reward, a Super Early Bird Reward or one of the Low Serial Number Rewards, your lens is estimated to ship in December.Last updated:
Low Serial Number Rewards ship before other lenses and have an estimated shipping date of December 2015.Last updated:
We will ask for your shipping information in a survey which is sent out after the New Petzval 58 campaign ends.Last updated:
Shipping & Delivery: Can you indicate zero amount or lower value when shipping to me? I would like to avoid high customs costs.
We're sorry, but the product needs to be valued with a price since this is required by customs, so we can’t declare this with zero value as a gift or donation. Please check the import duty fees with your local customs office as we cannot handle these types of fees.Last updated:
The shipping, handling and tax costs vary depending on where you are in the world and which reward you pick. Please be aware that extra costs are not just for shipping, they are needed for handling and local charges. When choosing your reward, you will select your shipping location, which will then indicate the extra charges for shipping, handling and local charges.
The New Petzval will be produced in Russia and shipped to you from one of our hubs around the world. We have hubs in the following locations: Hungary, New York, Hong Kong and Japan.
If you have a specific question about shipping or tax, please just write us a private message!Last updated:
Yes, delivery times may vary up to 2-3 weeks by region. Since each one of our hubs has a different clearing time for deliveries from Russia, it’s possible that some backers will receive their lenses before others.Last updated:
You will only be charged once the New Petzval 58 is successfully funded at the end of the campaign.Last updated:
Backers who live in the State of New York will need to pay Sales Tax. If you are a backer from New York, please add an additional 8.875% onto your pledge amount to cover local sales tax. For example, if you live in the State of New York and pledged for the $450 reward, please add an additional $39.94 onto your pledge amount ($39.94 is 8.875% of $450) to cover New York Sales Tax. If you forgot to add this, or didn’t know about it, don’t worry — it’s simple to add in even now. You can edit the amount you pledge right up until the project ends on the project page.Last updated:
No, because each New Petzval 58 lens is equipped with either a Canon or Nikon mount and only works directly with one. However, it is possible to use an adapter to shoot with a Nikon lens on a Canon camera body (but not an adaptor from Canon lens to Nikon body, since the flange distance is longer for Nikon than Canon). We would however strongly advise against using such adapters with the New Petzval 58 since each lens is precisely calibrated using a collimator for perfect infinite focusing in our production factory — we cannot accept any responsibility for damage to your camera or lens caused by using such an adapter.Last updated:
Yes, the New Petzval 58 works with loads of different analogue and digital cameras simply by using dedicated adapter mounts. Please check our Online Shop (http://shop.lomography.com/) in the future to check out the variety of adapter mounts we will offer for use with the New Petzval 58. In the meantime, here are some of the great pairings that are possible with the New Petzval 58:
• EOS to M 4/3 Adapter ( i.e. Olympus PEN)
• EOS to NEX Adapter (i.e. Sony A7 and Sony NEX)
• EOS to FX Adapter (i.e. Fuji FX cameras such as X-Pro 1)Last updated:
We have spent a great deal of time perfecting the technical calculations of the New Petzval 58 for compatibility with Nikon and Canon cameras. Rather than shift our focus towards making other mounts available, we will continue building on our experience with Canon and Nikon mounts. Additionally, with the help of dedicated adapter mounts, the New Petzval 58 can be used on tons of other digital and analogue cameras (i.e. M 4/3, NEX and FX).Last updated:
Features: My DSLR isn’t a full frame image sensor. What difference will this make to my New Petzval 58 photos?
On APS-C format (or cropped-frame) cameras, the New Petzval 58 has an equivalent focal length close to 85mm — that’s the same focal length as the New Petzval 85mm Portrait Lens. So whether you’re shooting with a full-frame or cropped-frame camera, you’ll be able to get great portrait, landscape and daily life shots!
Here are specific crop factors of various cameras when combined with the New Petzval 58:
• APS-C (such as Canon non full-frame digital SLR cameras, Fuji X-Pro 1 and some Sony NEX cameras)
You will have a crop factor of 1.5 or 1.6. An equivalent focal length of New Petzval 58 will be between 87mm and 93mm.
• Micro 4/3
You will have a crop factor of 2. The equivalent focal length to the New Petzval 58 will be 116mm.
Please also refer to this visual explanation (http://thelomographer.com/2015/PezCrop3.jpg) for an estimate on how your shots will be cropped on various sensors.Last updated:
Features: Why would I use this lens for the swirly bokeh effect rather than editing my photo using photo editing software?
It’s nearly impossible to achieve the unique swirly Bokeh effect of Petzval lenses by using post-production software on your images. But with the New Petzval 58, all you have to do is attach the lens to your camera and you immediately start getting amazing swirl-filled photos right away. Plus it’s easier than ever to manipulate that effect with the Bokeh Control Ring on the New Petzval 58. Simply choose your preferred bokeh level between 1 and 7 and snap away. Not to mention, the satisfaction of achieving this special effect naturally from the optics of the lens, rather than post-production editing, is truly great!Last updated:
Yes, the New Petzval 58 comes with a standard 2 year warranty. However, we cannot offer our normal 14-day return policy. Additionally, we cannot offer refunds for rewards that have already been shipped.Last updated:
Design: What is the difference between the New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens and the New Petzval 85mm Portrait Art Lens?
As they are two completely different lenses, they of course have many differences. However, one of the main differences is the Bokeh Control Ring on the New Petzval 58 — meaning you have freedom to change the strength of the swirly bokeh, whereas with the New Petzval 85mm Portrait Lens, the strength of swirly bokeh remained the same throughout. Another major difference between the two lenses is the focal length. The New Petzval 58 has a 58mm focal length and the New Petzval 85 Lens has an 85mm focal length. And finally, the New Petzval 58 has a larger maximum aperture of f/1.9.Last updated:
Design: What are the differences between old Petzval lenses from the 19th century and the New Petzval 58?
Older Petzval lenses produced in the 19th century are difficult to find and were originally designed to function with large format analogue cameras. Additionally, none of the original Petzval lenses offered swirly bokeh control. The New Petzval 58 has the first ever Bokeh Control Ring and is compatible right off the bat with Nikon F and Canon EF cameras (and loads more cameras using adapters)!Last updated:
Yes, all lens elements are multi-coated.Last updated:
Yes, the lenses will come with front and rear covers.Last updated:
The image circle of the New Petzval 58 is 44mm, which will only cover 135 exposure area (24x36mm Full Frame).Last updated:
The New Petzval 58 is equipped with a built-in 52mm filter thread and no additional filter or filter holders are included. Additionally, non-screw type filters would need a filter mount.Last updated:
No, we have not designed the New Petzval 58 to work with electronic contacts. Rather than focus our attention on making it functional with electronic contacts, we have instead focused on perfecting all of the other amazing features of the New Petzval 58.
We cannot take any responsibility if backers modify their New Petzval 58 and damage their camera.Last updated:
No. The New Petzval 58 is not weather/waterproof. However, there is a lining material that covers the Waterhouse aperture slot to prevent dust from entering.Last updated:
Unfortunately, we cannot disclose all of the exact materials as is the standard practice with all lens manufacturers. However, we can tell you we’re using the most suitable material for every single part of the New Petzval 58 with precise and professional engineering i.e. brass and multicoated Russian glass optics.Last updated:
The final weight and size of the New Petzval 58 is still yet to be determined.Last updated:
Yes, the lens hood is detachable and can be removed anytime you want.Last updated:
The New Petzval 58 is equipped with a Gear Rack Focusing Knob, which makes focusing smooth and fast. Also, when the bokeh control level is changed by adjusting the Bokeh Control Ring, the focusing area additionally changes and you then need to refocus the lens. Please also note that the higher the bokeh control level reaches, the smaller the focus area becomes.Last updated:
No, we designed the Waterhouse Aperture Plates for the New Petzval 58 so that you can adjust each one to perfectly fit inside your lens. Using some pliers, simply bend the two small handles on each side of the plate and this will prevent any possible slippage.Last updated:
No, this is not possible. Since the Waterhouse Aperture Plates for your New Petzval 58 are tailor-made, using your New Petzval 85 Waterhouse Aperture Plates or any other aperture plates is not recommended.Last updated:
No, the filter mount on the Petzval 58mm Lens is smaller than the filter mount on the 85mm Petzval Lens. However, you can use adapters to make your filters compatible with the New Petzval 58.Last updated:
No, we are using a special varnish to avoid any type of corroding on the brass of the New Petzval 58.Last updated:
Design: Have there been any design changes and improvements to the aperture plates compared to the Petzval 85 Lens?
Yes! In general, we take the quality of our products very seriously and work hard continuously to improve the build quality. We have updated and further improved the design of the Waterhouse aperture stops for the New Petzval 58 lens from the ones used on the Petzval 85 lens, so that you have the best possible shooting experience. Firstly, so that the aperture plates don’t fall out from the lens, we are now pre-bending the ears of the aperture plates on the new Petzval 58 so that each plate will fit snugly and smoothly into your lens. Secondly, we have worked on the durability of the plates to ensure that the paint from the plates does not chip off inside the lens. We have also done extreme testing of the aperture plates to make sure that paint does not come off. So you can rest assured, the aperture plates on the New Petzval 58 will work fantastically!Last updated:
The Early Bird and Super Early Bird Deals allow you to get the New Petzval 58 for considerably less than the planned retail price. These rewards have limited availability, so don’t wait around!Last updated:
The Low Serial Number Rewards include the very first lenses that will be produced.Last updated:
Rewards: Can I choose which serial number I get if I pledge for one of the Low Serial Number Rewards?
No, because we want to maintain a fair system for our backers, the Low Serial Number Reward lenses will be delivered according to who backed first.Last updated:
Rewards: Why does the number of rewards vary from the amount of serial numbers represented in the Low Serial Number Rewards?
In addition to being available on Kickstarter, the New Petzval 58 is also being offered on other crowdfunding platforms. To make the low serial number lenses available in these markets, we are offering a few of them as rewards on these platforms as well.Last updated:
Please find more information about the following products by clicking through the following links:
New Petzval 85 Portrait Brass Lens: http://microsites.lomography.com/petzval-lens/
Lomo'Instant Sanremo & Lenses: http://microsites.lomography.com/lomo-instant-camera/
Lomography Smartphone Film Scanner: http://microsites.lomography.com/smartphone-scanner/
LOMO LC-A+ Camera: http://microsites.lomography.com/lca+/
Lomo LC-A Minitar-1 Art Lens: http://microsites.lomography.com/minitar1-lens/
New Russar+ Art Lens: http://microsites.lomography.com/russar-lens/
LOMO LC-Wide Camera: http://microsites.lomography.com/lc-wide/Last updated:
We’ve had such a great time with the backers from our previous Kickstarter campaigns that we want to do it with you again! Because we want to give you a true Petzval experience, we’ve arranged a trip to Vienna, the heart of Petzval territory and the home of Lomography! During your 5 days with us, your base will be a great hotel in the center of Vienna. From there, we will venture out together for:
• A day trip to Spišská Belá, Slovakia — the birthplace of Joseph Petzval and also home to an incredible Petzval Museum
• A grand tour of the Lomography HQ in Vienna, Austria
• A Petzval-themed photoshoot in a famous Viennese park
• Many other Petzval and Lomo filled adventures!
The trip will be in May 2016 and covers one person (extra costs would be added for additional people). Accommodation for 5 days, meals and drinks for two days is covered by Lomography — you would cover your own flights and all other expenses. If you cannot make the date, we can rearrange for you to visit Vienna another time, however the dates for any special events we organize are fixed.
If you have any questions about the trip, please send us a private message! If you would like to bring additional people, this can be arranged but may involve extra costs (which would be organized after the Kickstarter campaign and before you come to Vienna).Last updated:
The retail launch price of the New Petzval 58 is currently planned as being $750 for the brass lens and $850 for the black lens, so with the Early Bird and Super Early Bird Deal rewards, you can save up to 50% on the lens!Last updated:
If the project is successfully funded, we'll send you a short survey soon after it ends where you can define which mount you want.Last updated:
Pledges: Is it possible to place multiple orders? I want to pledge twice, but Kickstarter won't allow me.
Yes, we accept pledges for two lenses with our Bundle Rewards. Unfortunately, due to Kickstarter regulations, we cannot accept more than one pledge.Last updated:
Alexandra Sophie: http://alexandra-sophie.fr/
Basilio Silva: http://www.basiliosilva.com/
Boris Brkovic: http://www.lomography.com/homes/borisb
Christopher Logan: http://christopherloganstudios.com/
Coco Alexander: http://cocoalexander.com/
Conrad Bauer: https://www.facebook.com/conradbauerphotography
Dallas Nagata White: http://www.dnwphoto.com/
Emily Soto: http://www.emilysoto.com/
• Stylist: Julia Morris
• Makeup/Hair: Anny Chow
• Model: Mary Margaret at Major Models
Filip Zrnzević: https://www.flickr.com/photos/filipzrnzevic/
Ivana Džamić: https://www.flickr.com/photos/dziv/
Issa Ng: http://www.facebook.com/ingworkstudio
Kevin Meredith: http://lomokev.com/
Shawn Engler: http://18.104.22.168/~shawneng/
Torwong Salwala: https://www.facebook.com/2howfb
And our great Lomography team!
Juan Hoyos: http://www.lomography.com/homes/antoniocastello
Liana Joyce: http://www.lomography.com/homes/golfpunkgirl
Diana Oprisescu: http://www.lomography.com/homes/dop
Sunsern Poontavee: http://www.lomography.com/homes/kokakoo
Tat Tso: http://www.lomography.com/homes/tattsoLast updated:
Please find more information about these photos by clicking through the following links:
Portrait of Joseph Petzval: http://www.oldlens.com/lenshistory.html
The very first Voigtlander Petzval lens: http://monoskop.org/File:Petzvals_camera.png
Petzval Optical Design 1: http://camerapedia.wikia.com/wiki/Petzval_lens
Petzval Optical Design 2: http://www.thephoblographer.com/2013/07/25/so-what-exactly-is-a-petzval-lens/Last updated:
Don't see the answer to your question? Ask the project creator directly.Ask a question