Funded! This project was successfully funded on August 24, 2013.

Update #15

Very Last Chance To Upgrade & Aperture Comparison Photos

Hi everyone! With less than 2 days to go until the Kickstarter campaign ends, we are getting very excited to see whether we can hit the final $1.4 million stretch goal. It’s going to be tight! Remember, if we manage to stretch past this goal, all lens backers will get a special edition Petzval camera strap. 

If you are interested in getting 2 Petzval lenses, it is still possible for you to upgrade. Simply increase your pledge amount to cover the value of 2 lenses. Also, don’t forget that we have exclusive deals available to backers. To take advantage of these camera offers, just add the appropriate amount onto your pledge and we will ship out your extra treat when we send your Petzval lens.

Add $50 – Get the Fisheye No.2 Standard Edition (Regular Price $75)

Find Out More About The Fisheye No.2

Add $75 – Get the Diana Mini & Flash Standard Edition (Regular Price $99)

Find Out More About The Diana Mini

Add $180 – Get the Horizon Kompakt (Regular Price $250)

Find Out More About The Horizon Kompakt

Add $65 – Get the LomoKino & LomoKinoScope Package Standard Edition (Regular Price $89)

Find Out More About The LomoKino

Add $250 – Get the Belair X 6-12 Jetsetter (Regular price $300)

Find Out More About The Belair X 6-12

Add $200 – Get the LC-A+ (Regular Price $250)

Find Out More About The LC-A+

Please Note: In the last project update we showed an image of a LomoKino & Flash and stated that this was the additional LomoKino package you could pledge for. Unfortunately this was a mistake. The additional LomoKino package for $65 is the LomoKino & LomoKinoScope Package. We are sorry for this communication error.

Aperture Comparison Photos

The majority of the photos we have shown during the Kickstarter campaign have been shot at aperture f/2.2. This was because we wanted to show everyone as much as possible the amazing bokeh effect that the Petzval lens is famous for, and this is the best aperture at which to get these results.

However, shooting at a large aperture such as f/2.2 does impact the overall image sharpness. For this reason, today we did comparison shots with the lens and a Canon 5D at different aperture levels. We hope that these new shots satisfy you that the lens works great at all kinds of different apertures, and that shooting with smaller apertures such as f/8 and f/11 will give a sharper image overall. We have produced the comparison as a gif - You can also open hi-res versions of each image using the links below.

View hi-res photos of f/2.2f/4f/5.6f/8f/11 and f/16.

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      Creator TL-Smooth on August 23, 2013

      @lomo: thanks for the replies. If nothing else, it would be great if you could provide precise dimensional drawings so we could get our own specific Waterhouse plates machined with custom apertures. I can see that being a common desire for those who want the lens for more serious uses than as a novelty or showpiece. (same reason i'm getting the black-painted version.)

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      Creator Thang Nguyen on August 23, 2013

      @lomo: don't forget that you own us the plate for the back cap.

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      Creator Lomography on August 23, 2013

      Hi Clayton Holstun, the aperture plates are f/2.2, f/4, f/5.6, f/8, f/11 and f/16. Like in the reply below to TL/Smooth, we will certainly consider offering additional aperture plates in aperture ranges of f/5 and below.

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      Creator Lomography on August 23, 2013

      Hi Jamie Jackson -Yes, any backers for the project can take advantage of the additional camera deals! So just add whatever amount is needed onto your Diana Mini reward pledge, and we will ship you the extra camera too

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      Creator Lomography on August 23, 2013

      Hi TL-Smooth - Many thanks for the suggestion. Unfortunately it is too late for us to plan and offer this via Kickstarter, but we will look into it for sure and maybe it is something we can offer as an additional purchase via our online shop before we ship out the lenses.

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      Creator Manfred Winter on August 23, 2013

      Sorry for These typos iPad predictive text is a killer ...

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      Creator Manfred Winter on August 23, 2013

      I am considering to Order another treat from the menu. Just hate to have to weit more than six month for Arrival with my Petzval. I live in Thailand and Sonderling if it World be possible to pick up the extra at the Bangkok Lomo Station shortly after Payment of kickstarter, and the Petzval then later After Arrival? And yes, After seine the Hügel differences of Bukeh for Appertures 2.3 and 4 it would be Great to have Waterhouse Stops inbetween.

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      Creator Clayton Holstun on August 23, 2013

      I agree with TL. The aperture series was very informative, since it not only shows the sharpness capability of the lens, but also the tradeoff between sharpness and bokeh. I was really surprised with how rapidly the sharpness and blur traded off with each other. What are the aperture plates that are included? I would give up a higher aperture plates to get more down in that wider range just above and below f 4. After all, if you want a large depth of field you most likely would not be using this lens. With how rapidly the bokeh can change, I can see myself bracketing the aperture, and would like to have smaller steps in the range where the bokeh is so intense

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      Creator Jamie Jackson on August 22, 2013

      I origanally put up just for Diana Mini Petitr Noire Package, but I'd really like to upgrade! Is this possible for the lowly camera novices to take part in this dealio as well?

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      Creator Charles Hirschel on August 22, 2013

      oh sorry i just read the note at the end of the update about the lomokino package.

      Thanks :)

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      Creator Charles Hirschel on August 22, 2013

      Hi. first i want too thank you for this great project, i'm very happy to be a backer of this project. i hope you will have great other projects like this in the future.
      i have a question, in the previous update we can buy the lomokino with flash package but now i can see in this update, the lomokino with lomokinoscope. there is two differents packages we can buy or this one is the only one? thanks

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      Creator TL-Smooth on August 22, 2013

      Appreciate the update - especially the examples with various aperatures. As I mentioned on the main comments page, I think it would be great to get one or two choices in between f/2.2 and f/4.0 in order to try to balance out the sharpness vs swirly bokeh effect. I'd like at least an f/2.8 plate in there as a standard in-between aperature option. Is there a way to have this as an add-on? I can't imagine there would be much incremental logistics from a manufacturing side (i.e., order some more stock to cut waterhouse plates and cut an in-between hole size). It would really open up the technical possibilities with this lens.

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      Creator Lomography on August 22, 2013

      Hi Daniel Meade and Thang Nguyen - f/2.2 is the maximum aperture you can get using the Petzval lens. But this is already a big improvement on the aperture of most older Petzval lenses you will find (they are generally f/3.5). We will take test photos with no aperture plate to demonstrate this for sure.

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      Creator Thang Nguyen on August 22, 2013

      @Daniel: A good idea.
      @Lomo: Could you please take out the waterhouse plate and take a picture. I want to see what will happen :)

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      Creator Daniel Meade on August 22, 2013

      Is a larger (smaller f number) aperture possible or is f/2.2 a limitation of the hardware (lens, waterhouse plate size, etc) ?

      Wondering if it will be possible to use the customizable waterhouse plate for 1.something aperture.

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    A Petzval-Themed Trip To Vienna and one of the very first Brass Lomography Petzval Lenses. Get a numbered Petzval lens from numbers 11-20. Firstly, you'll be able to pick a name to engrave on your lens (maximum 50 characters). It will also be engraved with a number between 11-20 (Please see the $2000 and $2500 rewards for the very first Lomography Petzval Portrait Lenses). Your number will be allocated depending on when you back this reward - So the first backer to pledge for this reward will get number 11, the second backer to pledge for this reward will get number 12, and so on. But that's not all; we'll also send you a special edition LC-A+ 20th Anniversary camera. This camera was produced to celebrate our 20th anniversary this year and is a great introduction to the world of Lomography and Russian optics. It gets crazier this point on - you'll then be treated to a once-in-a-lifetime trip to visit the home of Joseph Petzval in Vienna. We'll offer you to 5 days and 5 nights in a great hotel. For 2 days of the trip, we will show you a ton of interesting things connected to Petzval. You'll join us in visiting his grave at Zentralfriedhof, have a tour of Lomography HQ and visit the museum dedicated to Petzval in Slovakia (Travel costs to Slovakia included). Of course you will also get your very own engraved Petzval lens too! Please Note: The time of this trip should be agreed upon by both parties, preferably during Spring 2014; you would be responsible for covering flight costs to Vienna. You can find out more about the camera here: http://shop.lomography.com/lc-a-20th-anniversary-edition

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    A Petzval-Themed Trip To Vienna and get the very first commercial Lomography Petzval Lens in Black. You'll have the lens numbered 1 with a 'B' mark in front of the number. You'll be able to pick a name to engrave on your lens (maximum 50 characters). You'll be treated to a once-in-a-lifetime trip to visit the home of Joseph Petzval in Vienna. We'll offer you to 5 days and 5 nights in a great hotel. For 2 days of the trip, we will show you a ton of interesting things connected to Petzval. You'll join us in visiting his grave at Zentralfriedhof, have a tour of Lomography HQ and visit the museum dedicated to Petzval in Slovakia (Travel costs to Slovakia included). Of course you will also get your very own engraved Petzval lens too! It doesn't end there, as you'll also receive a special edition LC-A+ 20th Anniversary camera (For more info, see: http://shop.lomography.com/lc-a-20th-anniversary-edition) on top of the exciting rewards mentioned above. Please Note: The time of this trip should be agreed upon by both parties, preferably during Spring 2014; you would be responsible for covering flight costs to Vienna.

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