New 58mm Petzval lens touts bokeh control, classic shininess

May 28, 2015

Allen Mowery

Allen Mowery is a Nationally-published Commercial & Editorial Photographer with over 20 years of experience. He has shot for major brands as well small clients. When not shooting client work or chasing overgrown wildlife from his yard, he loves to capture the stories of the people and culture around him.

New 58mm Petzval lens touts bokeh control, classic shininess

May 28, 2015

Allen Mowery

Allen Mowery is a Nationally-published Commercial & Editorial Photographer with over 20 years of experience. He has shot for major brands as well small clients. When not shooting client work or chasing overgrown wildlife from his yard, he loves to capture the stories of the people and culture around him.

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Lomography made a big splash when they released a 21st-century version of the famed Petzval lens last year. Now, 175 years after it was first invented by Joseph Petzval, Lomography is planning to launch a 58mm version of the lens with a built-in bokeh control ring. This ring, according to Lomography, will allow you to “determine the strength of the swirly bokeh in your photos” with its seven different levels of swirliness. The new lens goes for $450. For those too cheap to spring for the new lens, we assume an ample amount of peyote will achieve the same result.

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The New Petzval 58 Waterhouse Aperture Plates
The New Petzval 58 Waterhouse Aperture Plates

With a maximum aperture of f/1.9, the lens promises excellent depth of field and will come with a collection of Waterhouse aperture plates ranging from f/1.9 to f/16. This means that a photographer must literally change the aperture manually by removing one plate and switching to another. If you’re like my wife and lose your sunglasses on your head, perhaps this isn’t the lens for you. But, if you’re up for a challenge, by all means, go for it.

The lens will be available in Canon EF and Nikon F mount varieties. But, as we’ve learned over the years, a simple adapter ring can make a lens fit anything, allowing you to attach the new Petzval lens to a variety of camera.

Lomography conveniently set the anticipated release date just in time for Kwanzaa with the first shipments slated to go out in December 2015.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/lomography/the-lomography-new-petzval-58-bokeh-control-art-le

For more information about the lens, or to simply look at pretty pictures and give money away, check out their newly-launched Kickstarter campaign.

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6 responses to “New 58mm Petzval lens touts bokeh control, classic shininess”

  1. Keow Wee Loong Avatar
    Keow Wee Loong

    How much is this lens??

    1. DIYPhotography Avatar
      DIYPhotography

      ‘s $450

    2. Allen Mowery Avatar
      Allen Mowery

      The going rate will be $450 when the lens launches later this year.

  2. ext237 Avatar
    ext237

    But still manual focus, sigh. Manual. Focus.

    1. mike Avatar
      mike

      They could have at least put a helical focuser on it. What is the point in making the thing operate like it is the 19th century?

    2. Ralph Hightower Avatar
      Ralph Hightower

      I do love the autofocus of my Canon 5D, but I will continue to also use m two manual focus Canon cameras as long as film is available and not prohibitively expensive to buy and develop