Photographers alert! There is a new Petzval 80.5 mm f/1.9 MKII SLR Art Lens! Joseph Petzval’s 19th Century portrait lens is reinvented for the modern photographers and videographers today, giving them both creativity and flexibility for the craft!

This new Petzval lens is available in Nikon F and Canon EF mounts – comes in three finishes including brass satin, black painted brass and black anodized aluminum. An Advanced Bokeh Control Edition will also be released in black anodized aluminum, featuring a dedicated Bokeh Control ring.

What makes this new Petzval lens so special and unique?

A 19th Century Aesthetic: A SLR lens for both digital and film cameras 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 Watercolor Bokeh: The unique Petzval optic design renders photos with a totally different optical effect. It provides velvety watercolor 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 a stopless aperture diaphragm and a Waterhouse Aperture System for endless creativity. Through the insertion of special aperture plates of different shapes, you have the ability to produce rich and patterned backgrounds.

Check out some of the sample photographs shot with the new Petzval 80.5 mm f/1.9 MKII SLR Art Lens below!

Technical Specifications

Focal Length: 80.5 mm

Lens Construction: 4 elements 3 groups

Dual Aperture System: Diaphragm Aperture f/1.9 – f/16; Waterhouse Aperture System

Image Circle: 44 mm

Weight: 440 g (Aluminum version)

Field of View: 30 degrees

Lens Mounting Profile: Canon EF / Nikon F

Electronic Contacts: No

Closest Focusing Distance: 0.8 m

Focusing Mechanism: Helicoid

Filter Thread: 67 mm

Dimension: 109 mm (Height) x 78 mm (Diameter) for Canon EF mount, 105 mm (Height) x 78 mm (Diameter) for Nikon F mount

If you are keen to back this lens on Kickstarter, more information below:

Estimated Retail price: From 449 USD/EUR for the basic edition, 549 USD/EUR for the Advanced Bokeh Control Edition

Available on Kickstarter: From 290 USD/EUR for the basic edition, 356 USD/EUR for the Advanced Bokeh Control Edition

* Information and photographs courtesy of The Lomography Society *

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