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A Legendary 19th Century Lens. Reinvented For Use With All Nikon F & Canon EF Mount Analog & Digital SLR Cameras.
A Legendary 19th Century Lens. Reinvented For Use With All Nikon F & Canon EF Mount Analog & Digital SLR Cameras.
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The Petzval (D)SLR Art Lens in the Press (So Far)

Posted by Lomography (Creator)

We are overwhelmed with the love and support that the Petzval Kickstarter Campaign has gotten from the press and media all over the world! Check out a few kind words our friends from the press had to say about the New Petzval D(S)LR Art Lens;

TIME - The company says it’s the perfect portrait lens — its optics produce a vignetting effect that leaves your subject in focus, surrounded by a pleasingly blurry background. - They do, indeed, look beautiful.

Uncrate - Photos using this lens were known for their crispness, strong color saturation, terrific swirly bokeh effect, artful vignettes, and narrow depth of field. Those same qualities are front and center for a new generation of photogs now, thanks to the Lomography Petzval Lens.

Engadget - Most Petzval lenses today are defective because of age and not optimized for modern cameras, so Lomography set out to reinvent the lens for the 21st century. […]Are you as intrigued as we are?

Fast Company - Forget Instagram Filters: Snap a 1840s Lens onto your digital camera instead!

The Next Web - Given that the Petzval lens is now pretty hard to find – it was designed to work with cameras in the 19th century, after all – Lomography’s incarnation is a pretty unique chance to experiment with an older and rougher style of portrait photography.

Imaging Resource – The lens is now difficult to find and expensive, but the folks at Lomography have just announced they are attempting to bring the Petzval lens back to life for the digital agethrough a Kickstarter campaign.

The Photo Brigade - Lomography’s new design has been shrunk down to fit 35mm SLR’s and DSLR’s, but has retained the antique-brass appearance and focusing wheel of the original Petzval and is made by Zenit, an optics company based out of Russia. 

pcmag.com - Forget Instagram — Photographers can bling out their SLR camera and take effects-heavy pictures with the reinvented Petzval Lens from Lomography. Tech Crunch- Lomography has been making lenses and throwback lo-fi cameras for over a decade now, and the Petzval is ambitious but definitely within their scope.

Gear Hungry - While Lomography’s Petzval lens is more than a little evocative of steampunk, rest assured it brings with it a set of lens effects that Instagram and Hipstamatic couldn’t ever dream of replicating.

Gizmodo - Now, the retro-fanatics at Lomography have reengineered the lens from the ground up for today's Canon and Nikon cameras. And the photos are incredible.

The Coolist* - This brassy beauty captured crisp images in its center with blurry bokeh swirling around the corners, a low-fidelity effect which photographers still desire today. To connect the old world of photography with the new, the people at Lomography have re-built the Petzval lens in a new prototype

Cool Material - Long before you started throwing filters on your Instagram photos, the majority of portraits were taken with a Petzval lens. […] Now, Lomography is bringing the awesome looking lens back.

Pdexposure – While it’s true we here at Pdexposure have given Lomography grief in the past based on some of their products, it’s impossible to deny that they are very good at one thing: coming up with any wild film photography idea and getting it produced.

Digital Photography Review - What’s (really) old is new again in their latest Kickstarter campaign, an effort to bring the centuries-old Petzval lens back into production. The ‘New Petzval’ lenses look an function much like the originals with a brass exterior, and would be produced in both Canon EF- and Nikon F-mounts.

Pop Photo - Optically, the Petzval is very interesting. The field of focus is actually curved rather than flat like it is in modern lenses, which means the center of the frame will be sharp, but that sharpness will fall off as you approach the sides of the frame. This also gives it a really distinct circular bokeh, which looks really impressive, especially when you're shooting wide open.

Stuff - Let the colour clashing begin.

GizMag - Lomography and Zenit combined skills and started from scratch to create a lens that functions similarly to the original, but with improved speed and focus.

Trend Hunter - Thriving on imperfections that made analog photography full of character and uniqueness, the Lomography Petzval Portrait Lens brings back a bit of soul to the industry. What makes it stand out even more is its physical design. Its brass exterior makes it appear as though it were actually from the 19th century.

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