I recently tested the *Lomography Petzval Art Lens*, such an awesome bit of a kit! However I do have a tip or fix for one particular issue – I would like to add that I have hand and body tremor/pain which often results in me dropping things! Oops!
I found that the Petzval diaphragms can move around a little bit within the brass lens slot when you are out and about shooting images – and yes the diaphragms can fall out, if you shoot side-on in classic portrait mode. My tip and my fix for this was to loop all the diaphragms onto a light-weight carabineer clip (a simple metal loop with a spring loaded gate – often used in climbing).
This pretty much sorted this issue out for me, I used the unused diaphragms to good counter-balancing effect, which helped keep them together and they didn’t fall out after this. Results!
I am now thinking that maybe you could also use a key ring over or even cord or wire, maybe even string – have fun with your Petzval!
In April of this year I had the chance to test the Petzval Lens and to write a review on it for the German photography forum Kwerfeldein. The lens excited me from the very beginning, at the time it was introduced on Kickstarter. I was afraid that once I had tested the lens, I would want to have one of my own! Well, that’s what happened; a year later, I finally bought my very own Petzval lens.
When we get the chance to celebrate Christmas in the city, we like to make it a fancy occasion. That's why this time we grabbed the perfect companion for crisp, Christmassy evenings on the town — the New Petzval Lens! Check out the video below to see just how beautiful this lovely lens can frame your holiday memories!
Dale McCready is a cinematographer working in the film/ TV industry and has worked on programmes such as Doctor Who and Merlin. He was one of our supporters for the Petzval Kickstarter campaign and recently used the lens to film for a new BBC drama, which is due out in March. Dale kindly shared some of his Petzval photographs with us and talked about his love for this lens. Read on for the full interview.
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He expresses his photographic thoughts with brief words and manifests his photographic mind with simple images. For Sean Marc Lee, photography is a part life,and it happens naturally, like sleeping or breathing. This brings us to the question: how would he practice photography with the new Petzval Lens? Let's accompany him on his Petzval journey.
For Michael Fiukowski, taking photos with the New Petzval 85 Art Lens is a philosophy. The manual focus inspires him to be more experimental, and when he shoots portraits he always thinks about how to position his subject and make the most of the Petzval's bokeh effect. In this interview, he talks about why he finds the New Petzval 85 Lens fascinating.
Looking for ways to cozy up to your Petzval this Valentine's Day? We've got one for you right here! Polish up your crafting skills and give your Valentine's Day Petzval shots a boost of passion with some love inspired aperture plates.
Tai O is one of the most popular locations for a day trip in Hong Kong. Talented young photographer YCY shows us peaceful Tai O without tourists with an unusual Petzval Video. He also shares tips for shooting with the Petzval Lens. Check out the exclusive interview after the jump.
Just five days into our latest Kickstarter campaign and we've easily hit three stretch goals, thanks to your overwhelming support. We're inching our way to the next one at $750,000, and if we hit this mark, we have another awesome reward in store for all our backers!