Vintage Photo Magic with the Petzval Lens
A recently funded Kickstarter campaign is reintroducing a forgotten photo relic, the Petzval Photo Lens. Known for its distinct visual style, the Petzval lens is now (once again) available to the public.
When a Kickstarter campaign was launched in the summer of 2013 to bring back the Petzval lens, it’s success smashed expectations. Looking to raise $100k, Lomography (the fundraisers) raked in nearly $1.4 million in donations.
The Petzval is a lens unlike any other being produced today. First created in 1840 by it’s namesake inventor Joseph Petzval, the unique construction of this lens gives the image a distinct look – “sharpness and crispness, strong color saturation, wonderful swirly bokeh effect, artful vignettes and narrow depth of field” (from Kickstarter):
It’s been a year since the successful Kickstarter campaign and now the Petzval is available for public sale. The new Petzval is compatible with Canon EF and Nikon F mount analog and digital cameras. But capturing these unique images doesn’t come to cheap. Prices for the new Petzval start at $599.
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