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Petzval Lens: A Blast from the Past ....

In the 19th Century, the vast majority of photos were shot with the extremely popular Petzval lens. The lens was invented by Joseph Petzval in Vienna in 1840 and had a huge impact on the development of photography. Photos shot with a Petzval lens are immediately recognisable for their sharpness and crispness, strong colour saturation, wonderful swirly bokeh effect, artful vignettes and narrow depth of field. The totally distinctive look of Petzval photos is all about the fantastic lens design that gives you the satisfaction of the instant optic experience that goes far beyond using photo editing software and filters.

This legendary lens has now been reinvented and updated for 21st century use (eg a larger f/2.2 maximum aperture) for all Nikon F and Canon EF Mount Analog & Digital SLR cameras by Lomography. Expected delivery date of the lenses is on February 2014. However, they are confident to have the first 1000 lenses shipped out by December 2013.

And to help kick-start the project, they have used the growing popularity of crowd-funding. You can part some of your cash with them here.

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