After Joseph Petzval introduced his iconic lens in 1840, portrait photography flourished. Now, 175 years later, it’s your turn to explore these first footsteps of photography with a handcrafted lens combining historical design and modern, yet original, Russian optics.
We’ve taken the best features of the New Petzval Art Lens to the next level: The New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens comes with an unprecedented Bokeh Control Ring paired with a versatile 58mm focal length. Together with an f/1.9 maximum aperture, these traits will let you explore new photographic paths. For the first time ever, you have total freedom over the blurred areas in your pictures thanks to the Bokeh Control Ring that lets you determine the strength of the Petzval’s swirly bokeh.
Boasting a solid satin-finished brass body, the New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens is great for all different types of photography. From captivating portraits and busy streets scenes, to impressive architecture and wide landscapes, every image showcases harmonic color saturation and fine contrasts.
Just like its predecessor–the New Petzval 85 Art Lens–the New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens features a classic gear rack focusing mechanism and Waterhouse aperture plates for a truly 19th century-like photographic experience.
Look back to the future and bokeh like a boss–get your New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens today!
CompatibilityThe New Petzval 58 Art Lens comes available with Canon EF and Nikon F mounts, which means it’s immediately compatible with a whole host of analogue and digital cameras. You can also pair the New Petzval 58 Art Lens with many other analogue and digital cameras, like the Sony A7 for instance, by using adapters which can be purchased separately.
What is Bokeh Control?In the past, the Petzval’s swirly bokeh effect has always been strongly dependent on factors such as the types of backgrounds you shoot against and the distance between you and your subject.
With the Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Ring, you can now achieve purely sublime swirl in all kinds of environments and shooting conditions:
The Bokeh Control Ring is located on top of the lens and can be adjusted between levels 1 and 7. Simply by moving this ring, you can change the amount of swirl you get in your Petzval shots. For a subtle swirly bokeh effect, turn the ring to Level 1.
But if you want to achieve a more powerful swirly bokeh effect than you’ve ever known before, turn it to Level 7 and watch the world transform right in front of your eyes. The way the Bokeh Control Ring works is deceptively straightforward.
By changing the level, you are adjusting the distance between the lens elements and this then affects the strength of the swirly bokeh you get.
- New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens Nikon Mount
- Standard Waterhouse aperture plates
- Front and rear lens cap
- Leather Pouch
- Photo and manual book
- Instruction manual
- Lomography Lens Adapter Nikon F-M4/3
- Focal Length: 58mm
- Aperture: Waterhouse aperture stops, f/1.9, f/2.8, f/4, f/5.6, f/8, f/11, f/16
- Image Circle: 44mm
- Field of View: 41 degrees
- Optical Construction: 4 lens elements in 3 groups
- Lens Mounting Profile: Nikon F
- Color: Brass or Black
- Electronic Contacts: No
- Closest Focusing Distance: 0.6m
- Focusing Mechanism: Gear Rack Focusing
- Filter Thread: 52mm
- Bokeh Control Levels: 1 (minimum swirl) to 7 (maximum swirl)
“Most bokeh is vaguely round in shape, but the Petzval’s bokeh swirls around the centre of the image, creating an unusual and quite compelling “bokeh frame” around subjects.”–Stuff.tv
“Although a shorter focal length for the Petzval is exciting the biggest news is a new feature called the Bokeh Control Ring…”–PopPhoto.com
“The images produced by its Russian glass optics are characterized by their strong color saturation, artful vignetting and swirly bokeh.”–Gizmag
“It looks like this new lens is going to be a home run…”–PetaPixel