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Lomography launches the New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens

The Lomography New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens allows users to control the level of swirly bokeh created
The Lomography New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens allows users to control the level of swirly bokeh created
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The Lomography New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens will be available with a Nikon F mount
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The Lomography New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens will be available with a Nikon F mount
Because the Lomography New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens will be available in Canon EF and Nikon F mounts, it can be used on other cameras using adapter mounts
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Because the Lomography New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens will be available in Canon EF and Nikon F mounts, it can be used on other cameras using adapter mounts
The Lomography New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens is inspired by 19th century Russian Petzval lenses
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The Lomography New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens is inspired by 19th century Russian Petzval lenses
The Lomography New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens will be available with a Canon EF mount
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The Lomography New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens will be available with a Canon EF mount
The Lomography New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens has the ability to control the level of the photographer-dividing swirly bokeh it creates
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The Lomography New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens has the ability to control the level of the photographer-dividing swirly bokeh it creates
The level of swirly bokeh created by the Lomography New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens can now be be controled
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The level of swirly bokeh created by the Lomography New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens can now be be controled
Example photo using the Lomography New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens
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Example photo using the Lomography New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens
Example photo using the Lomography New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens
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Example photo using the Lomography New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens
The bokeh control ring on the Lomography New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens
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The bokeh control ring on the Lomography New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens
The Lomography New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens allows users to control the level of swirly bokeh created
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The Lomography New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens allows users to control the level of swirly bokeh created
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The Lomography New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens

Following hot on the heels of its LC-A Minitar-1 Art Lens, Lomography is back with another decidedly quirky new lens. Launching on Kickstarter, the New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens is a follow-up to the wonderfully bizarre New Petzval lens and this time offers a 58-mm focal length, along with the ability to control the level of the photographer-dividing swirly bokeh it creates.

Once more inspired by 19th century Petzval lenses, the new optic is not designed to create images to please those on a quest for ultimate image quality, but those who want something different. The images produced by its Russian glass optics are characterized by their strong color saturation, artful vignetting and swirly bokeh.

The big change for the Petzval 58, is that this swirly bokeh effect can now be adjusted using a control ring on the top of the lens. This adjusts the distance between the lens elements to change the strength of the effect. With the ring at "1" images will have a subtle swirly bokeh, while at "7" this is dialed up to much more powerful and distinctive swirls.

The Lomography New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens
The Lomography New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens

Because the new lens has a 58-mm focal length compared to the 85-mm of the first New Petzval it could potentially be more useful to photographers with crop sensor cameras who found the original a bit too long. On a APS-C camera it will give a 85-mm equivalent. The lens will be handcrafted by technicians at the Zenit factory in Russia, and be available in a brass or black finish.

Focusing is controlled by a Gear Rack Focusing Knob while aperture is taken care of with Waterhouse aperture plates which are slotted into the lens to give the desired results. The lens will ship with F1.9, F2.8, F4, F5.6, F8, F11 and F16 plates.

The lens will be available in Canon EF and Nikon F mounts, meaning they are also compatible with a multitude of other cameras using adapter mounts. Given it's a manual focus lens, you don't need to worry about losing that functionality when using adapters.

Example photo using the Lomography New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens
Example photo using the Lomography New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens

The New Petzval 58 lenses have already far exceeded its Kickstarter target with the campaign running to June 26 and, if all goes to plan, are due to start shipping in December. A pledge of US$525 is currently enough to get you a brass version of the lens, and it will take $575 for the black version. Numbers are limited at these levels, and once they run out it will take a bigger pledge. It's also worth noting that different pledge levels also have different shipping dates.

You can check out the New Petzval 58 in the video below.

Sources: Lomography, Kickstarter

The Lomography Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens

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