Lomography has announced that the new X Zenit Petzval 85mm f/2.2 lens for portrait photography is now available for pre-order at its online store.
Back in the days when photography was not so very popular, there was a portrait model that distinguished itself from others. It was called a Petzval lens after the name of Joseph Petzval, who had developed it in 1840.
In order to revive this “ancient” lens, Lomography has had the great idea of taking it to Kickstarter in order to raise the funds necessary for development and manufacturing.
After more than one million dollars had been pledged to the cause, the company had begun working on it with a little help from Russia-based Zenit. All units are made out of brass, feature an 85mm focal length, and a maximum aperture of f/2.2.
Lomography makes the X Zenit Petzval 85mm f/2.2 lens available for pre-order
Photographers who have not been able to acquire a unit via Kickstarter are in luck as Lomography has decided to put it up for pre-order via its website.
The new Petzval lens offers impressive image sharpness coupled with “artful” vignetting and amazing bokeh effects at larger apertures.
The specifications are the same, the differences being the shipping date and prices. Kickstarter backers will receive their units in February 2014, while those who secure a unit right now will receive it in May.
The lowest price for the X Zenit Petzval 85mm f/2.2 lens has been $300 during the campaign, but now it costs $599 for the Brass model and $699 for the Black model.
New Petzval 85mm f/2.2 lens supports analog and digital Canon EF and Nikon F cameras
Lomography’s new Petzval 85mm f/2.2 lens comes with an image circle of 44mm and a field-of-view of 30 degrees. It does not have electronic contacts, meaning that autofocus is not supported therefore users will have to rely entirely on manual focusing.
Speaking of it, the minimum focusing distance stands at one meter, therefore it would not be wise to stay too close to your subject.
Moreover, the aperture is also manually set between a maximum of f/2.2 and f/16. Its filter thread measures 58mm, while its mount supports Canon EF and Nikon F cameras. It is worth noting that both analog and digital cameras are supported.
If the new Petzval lens convinced you, then you should head over to Lomography’s store and pre-order your unit right now.