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Lomography Petzval Portrait Lens
« on: July 25, 2013, 02:57:38 PM »
I'm a former LF photography buff.  This is way cool  8)


Check it out!  http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/lomography/the-lomography-petzval-portrait-lens

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Lomography Petzval Portrait Lens
« on: July 25, 2013, 02:57:38 PM »

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Re: Lomography Petzval Portrait Lens
« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2013, 03:47:28 PM »
This looks really interesting. Is my understanding of the optic correct when I say the optic will have a similar effect to a lensbaby @ 85 mm f2.2 but fixed so the sweet spot is in the middle?
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Re: Lomography Petzval Portrait Lens
« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2013, 04:02:50 PM »
I like it. It will have terrible IQ but that's not why I pledged for my copy.  ;D
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Re: Lomography Petzval Portrait Lens
« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2013, 04:08:19 PM »
Cool stuff. Thanks for sharing. 

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Re: Lomography Petzval Portrait Lens
« Reply #4 on: July 25, 2013, 04:40:20 PM »
Looks like a nice novelty, but an expensive novelty.

I remember when Lensbaby went a bit nuts with their prices as well...  as much as I would like a sweet 35 or edge 80 optic for my lensbaby, it's just too much cash for a novelty item.

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New Petzval lens from Lomography
« Reply #5 on: July 25, 2013, 06:57:03 PM »
This lens looks like fun!

Does anyone know why it is produced in brass? Are there inherent properties to this material that affect the IQ of the shots taken?

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Re: New Petzval lens from Lomography
« Reply #6 on: July 25, 2013, 07:42:08 PM »
Mostly probably the look and handling. Otherwise, brass can be a good thing in fittings, screw-in filters, that sort of thing. It's a bit softer than aluminum or steel and thus is less likely to bind up.
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Re: New Petzval lens from Lomography
« Reply #6 on: July 25, 2013, 07:42:08 PM »

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Ever Heard of the Petzval Lens?
« Reply #7 on: July 25, 2013, 10:05:49 PM »
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Coming soon, with Canon EF mount:

http://www.nbcnews.com/technology/latest-toy-digital-cameras-hails-19th-century-6C10754630

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Re: Ever Heard of the Petzval Lens?
« Reply #8 on: July 25, 2013, 10:32:44 PM »
Not really into the weirdo lens thingy, I might get a 50 1.8II for less price and better optics.
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Re: Lomography Petzval Portrait Lens
« Reply #9 on: July 26, 2013, 12:48:43 AM »
Yeah, the swirl bokeh is certainly interesting. Seems like a bit of a one trick pony, but if it fits your style, then it fits and that's what matters.
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Re: New Petzval lens from Lomography
« Reply #10 on: July 26, 2013, 06:00:07 AM »
Mostly probably the look and handling. Otherwise, brass can be a good thing in fittings, screw-in filters, that sort of thing. It's a bit softer than aluminum or steel and thus is less likely to bind up.

Ok, thanks :)
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Re: Lomography Petzval Portrait Lens
« Reply #11 on: July 26, 2013, 06:57:13 AM »
Interesting novelty lens if one is into that kind of stuff.
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Re: Lomography Petzval Portrait Lens
« Reply #12 on: July 26, 2013, 07:01:31 AM »
Hmmmmmm...this lens has some very unique Bokeh...quite different from my lensbaby lenses...actually a lot different.
I include two samples:
Building shot with Optic 80mm
Clock shot with Sweet 35mm

Can't say I am going to run out and buy a Petzval (I need to use the things that I already have!!! LOL!)...but the Petzval is definitely interesting. ..Based on the amount of support they have received on Kickstarter, a lot of people apparently like what they are seeing! Definitely warm and fuzzy.

I don't look at these types of lenses as novelty items...to me..they are tools...they may work for some shooters' style...but not for others...but more choices is always better, no?  Looks like a fun piece of glass.
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Re: Lomography Petzval Portrait Lens
« Reply #12 on: July 26, 2013, 07:01:31 AM »

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Re: Lomography Petzval Portrait Lens
« Reply #13 on: July 26, 2013, 07:52:24 AM »
The image quality of a Petzval lens is actually quite good, even for today's standards, especially for an optical design more than 170 years old.

I guess brass for the body has been chosen because Petzval's original design was built from that material by Voigtländer in 1840.

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Re: Lomography Petzval Portrait Lens
« Reply #14 on: July 26, 2013, 10:03:23 AM »
More proof that there really is a sucker born every minute...  LOL
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Re: Lomography Petzval Portrait Lens
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