After 11 successful Kickstarter projects, and seven years of developing and refining, we are proud to present our newest portrait lens: the Lomography Petzval 80.5 mm f/1.9 MKII SLR Art Lens. The New Petzval 80.5 MKII Art Lens will be compatible with Nikon F & Canon EF (d)SLRs cameras and available in three finishes including brass satin, black painted brass, and black anodized aluminum finish. An Advanced Bokeh Control Edition will also be available in black anodized aluminum, featuring a Bokeh Control ring.
Enjoy up to 35% discount on its retail price. The new Petzval 80.5 mm f/1.9 MKII could be in your hands starting from June 2020! Here’s why it’s unlike any other lens:
A 19th Century Aesthetic: A (d)SLR lens that celebrates the 180th anniversary of Joseph Petzval’s historical first portrait lens, optimized for still and motion photography.
A Filmmaker’s Dream: The New Petzval 80.5 MKII Art Lens sports a helicoid focusing mechanism and stopless aperture diaphragm, that enables you to focus and f-stop, whilst the camera is rolling.
A Swirly Bokeh: The unique Petzval optic design renders photos with a totally different optical effect. It provides velvety swirly Bokeh when shot wide open. When stopped down to smaller apertures, the lens displays extreme sharpness across the frame.
Seven Levels of Swirl: The Petzval 80.5 mm f/1.9 MKII will also be available in an Advanced Bokeh Control Edition. This edition features a Bokeh Control ring, allowing you to adjust the amount of swirl over 7 levels, for even greater experimentation.
A Dual Aperture System: The New Petzval 80.5 MKII Art Lens features not only a stopless aperture diaphragm but also a Waterhouse Aperture System for endless creativity. Through the insertion of special aperture plates of different shapes, you will have the ability to produce rich and patterned backgrounds.
In 1840, Vienna, Professor Joseph Petzval invented the very first portrait lens. His groundbreaking design became the most widely used in the 19th century.
In 2013, we dived into the world of Petzval and we set out on a quest to reinvent the Petzval Lens. We wanted to transform this optical design from the 19th century into a lens that would work with modern-day (d)SLRs. We vowed we would not give up until our goal was reached. First to arrive was the Petzval 85 Art Lens. The Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens followed shortly after, featuring for the first time a Bokeh Control ring.
In 2018 we embarked on another ambitious quest: creating a New Petzval Art Lens for (d)SLRs, specifically designed to function easily for both photo and video setups.
Today we are launching the new Petzval 80.5 mm f/1.9 MKII, sporting a helicoid focusing mechanism and stopless aperture diaphragm, that allows focusing and f-stop, whilst the camera is rolling.