Sometimes when I’m shooting portraits in light that I don’t prefer, or if the background’s not great, I have trouble finding new angles and getting the unique shot.
For those times, sometimes it’s nice to have an ace in the hole lens or piece of kit that you can dig out that’ll get the creative juices flowing again.
According to Petapixel, The Lomography New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens could be that tool to get you excited about your photos again.
In addition to having a distinct, sleek, James Bond-esque look, the Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Lens gives you a very unique and strong look to your bokeh.
Since this look is most definitely not for every shot you take, they’ve included the ability to change the amount of the effect that you get. This gives you ultimate creative ability, taking the 58 from a very specific tool, to a lens that can live in your go to camera bag.
You may be asking. Why 58mm? According to the folks at Lomography, this gives you the desired 85mm portrait look on an APS-C sized sensor. This makes the lens very convenient and easy to use for crop sensor shooters, while still being very functional on full-frame bodies.
The Lomography Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens is still in the funding phase of Lomography’s Kickstarter campaign. You can get your hands on one of these lenses by making a 450+ contribution to their Kickstarter campaign.
Introducing the Lomography Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens
The Lomography Petzval 58 is the First Petzval Bokeh Control Lens
Back in 2013, Lomography resurrected the 19th century Petzval lens for Canon and Nikon DSLRs, creating a modern 85mm version of the classic portrait lens. Today, the company one-upped itself by announcing a followup, the new Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art lens.
It looks like this new lens is going to be a home run: the company reached its $100,000 goal on Kickstarter in just 3 hours after announcing this lens.
This new 58mm f/1.9 lens is “the world’s first Petzval bokeh control lens.” A new “Bokeh Control Ring” allows you to adjust the strength of the swirly bokeh in your photographs, increasing and decreasing the look depending on what you’re going for.
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The Lomography New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens Kickstarter Campaign
Bokeh Like a Boss – Using the Bokeh Control Ring on the New Petzval 58, you’re totally free to determine the strength of the swirly bokeh in your photos. You can now get the characteristic swirly bokeh effect in ways it has NEVER been possible before. This revolutionary component is the first of its kind on a Petzval lens!
58mm Focal Length and Maximum f/1.9 Aperture – The New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens has a maximum aperture of f/1.9 and is a 58mm lens, which is a fantastic all-round focal length for portraits, landscapes and photos of your cat doing jumping jacks. We promise you will love shooting every scene with your New Petzval 58 in hand.
Premium Russian Glass Optics in a Beautiful Brass Body – The New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens features the finest quality Russian glass optics. Available in a brass or black finish, it’s designed to perfectly mirror the look of original 19th century Petzval lenses.
Look Back to the Future – Joseph Petzval invented his revolutionary Petzval optic in 1840 — a hugely popular portrait lens that changed the world of photography. Now, 175 years later and building on our success with the Lomography New Petzval 85mm Lens in 2013, the New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Lens is here to join the growing Lomography Art Lens Family. The lens has been specially developed to work with modern analogue and digital cameras and is available in Canon EF and Nikon F mounts (it’s also compatible with multitudes of other cameras such as the Sony A7, Fuji X-Pro 1 and Micro 4/3 Cameras using adapter mounts).
(cover photo credit: snap from Petapixel)