[Alt-photo] Re: Lomography Resurrects the 19th Century Petzval Lens for Canon and Nikon SLRs

Christina Anderson christinazanderson at gmail.com
Tue Dec 17 16:35:30 UTC 2013

Eric (and John)
Thanks for the link! I thought, when I first read the description and it said "$300 will buy you a bit of history" I thought, what a great idea, I'll sport for that. Then when you click on further, it says $499. Then further the lens is now  $599! So that is a bit steep for trying something out unless it is really good. So, John, I'm glad you say this, that it isn't really a Petzval. Makes the 100% increase seem not worth it. But if anyone buys it will you let us know if it is worth it?

Also, I noticed they got $1,000,000 already and production date for pre-orders is pushed to May or later. By my calculations, at even the $600 price that is making 1666 lenses. Can you IMAGINE??? No wonder production is pushed back.

Lenses are such a big deal. I have one lens that has its shortcomings but is really a gorgeous lens--the Nikkor AF micro 60/2.8. It makes such a difference when I use that lens. So I am a sucker for the allure of glass.

But still, Petzval...how intriguing an idea....I say as I dug out my Holga lens for my D800 to go out for a shoot...

WOOHOO for Christmas break.


Christina Z. Anderson

On Dec 16, 2013, at 4:20 AM, John Brewer wrote:

> Hi Eric
> Lots of people, mostly us wetplate guys, have issues with this. It isn't a Petzval lens, that is it doesn't have two air spaced elements at the back and two cemented elements at the front. Additionally Lomo used Kickstarter to raise money, which while it conforms to Kickstarters rules it's a bit immoral for a company of that size the raise money that way. 
> The Lomo lens is faster than a lot of Petzval from the 19th century but you can take out baffles of the older lenses. 
> A much better option IMHO is  http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1162663202/the-petzvar-f-38-120-mm-medium-format-petzval-port/description
> Just my tuppence worth. 
> Best wishes
> John
>> On 16 Dec 2013, at 07:40 am, eric nelson <emanphoto at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Kinda cool.
>> http://petapixel.com/2013/07/25/lomography-resurrects-the-19th-century-petzval-lens-for-canon-and-nikon-slrs/?fb_action_ids=603949566318750&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_source=other_multiline&action_object_map=%5B177449689104403%5D&action_type_map=%5B%22og.likes%22%5D&action_ref_map=%5B%5D
>> or *http://tinyurl.com/m76r4rn <http://tinyurl.com/m76r4rn>*
>> -- 
>> *Eric Nelson Photography*

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