Lomography usually lives in their own little arthouse world of fisheye lenses and analog cameras, but they’re stepping out of their comfort zone a little to do something for the DSLR owners out there – a brand new and no less artsy DSLR lens.
The New Petzval Art Lens is based on, well, the old Petzval lens, which was invented in 1840 (yeah retro tech!). That lens had a narrow field of view, resulting in blurred and swirling bokeh effects in the background, with vignette effects. So, that sounds right up Lomography’s alley. With such a narrow field of view, much more focus gets put on the center, making the lens great for portraits, especially when the background doesn’t matter too much.
The new lens will work with all Canon EF and Nikon F mount analog and digital cameras, so not just DSLR users will be able to get in on this – true retro enthusiasts still using analog cameras and winding up film are also included. The optics, of course, will be way ahead of what was possible in 1840 – Russian company Zenit, which will be making the lenses, will see to that.
This is all thanks to a successful Kickstarter last year, which allowed Lomography to start getting these produced. Pre-orders are now open to everyone on the Lomography site. If you do pre-order, you’ll get a few bonuses, including a book of photographs taken with Petzval lenses, four aperture plates, a cleaning cloth, a leather pouch for the lens, and a brass lens cap. The New Petzval Art Lens will run you about $600.