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.
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?
Forget Instagram Filters: Snap a 1840s Lens onto your digital camera instead!
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.
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.
Forget Instagram — Photographers can bling out their SLR camera and take effects-heavy pictures with the reinvented Petzval Lens from Lomography.
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.
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.
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.
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.