Old-World Optics for New-World Cameras
Software-based ï¬lters for simulated bokeh and old-world camera effects are great, but nothing beats getting it right in camera. The new Petzval DSLR Art Lens brings the look of old-world optics to new-world cameras in a way no other lens has. Zenit and Lomography engineers have teamed up to redraw, recalculate, and remeasure the original classic 1840 Petzval lens and create a new, updated version compatible with modern DSLRs. Currently, both Nikon F and Canon EF lens mounts are available.
Used at wider apertures, the reimagined version of the 175-year-old lens design produces a swirly bokeh effect unlike anything you've ever seen and a tack-sharp center. Digital shooters longing for a more analog feeling will love this lens, while ï¬lm aï¬cionados will appreciate the exciting new possibilities that this lens offers. When it comes to wow factor, there's plenty of that here, too, thanks to Petzval's standout-in-a-crowd, shiny brass ï¬nish.
The Petzval's 85mm ï¬xed focal length and f/2.2 maximum aperture make it fast and perfectly suited for a multitude of portrait, editorial, and fashion photography applications. Fully manual, the lens features a geared focusing knob and drop-in Waterhouse aperture inserts. When used at narrower apertures, this lens is sharp. It's no slouch in the optical specs department either. The redesigned Petzval contains high-quality, multicoated lens elements producing excellent color saturation and contrast. If you're looking for a game-changing lens, the Petzval just might be the one. It's available in both brass and black ï¬nishes.
Price: Brass: $599; Black: $699
Hot: Finely crafted; gorgeous bokeh; tack sharp
Not: Waterhouse aperture inserts easy to lose