German photographer and advertising creative Thomas Kuhn shares his first-hand experience with the new Petzval Lens.
Hi, please introduce yourself and tell us about what you do, and what you are passionate about.
Hi, my name is Thomas Kuhn. I am a creative in advertising currently living in Düsseldorf, Germany. My biggest hobbies are traveling and photography – two things that fit quite well together. I collect a lot of photo books and cameras and of course like to take photos by myself.
How and when did you get into photography?
I have been taking photos since I was a little kid. My father gave me my first analogue camera when I was around five years old. Thanks to the invention of digital cameras I got more into photography at the age of 16. Later, I got some photo lessons at the Miami Ad School and learned how to use studio lights. Around the same time I bought my first Lomo camera (a Fisheye) and fell in love with analogue photography again.
What are your favorite cameras, accessories and/or film for taking photos?
I can’t really tell which of my cameras is my favorite. The Lomo Fisheye was my favorite cam for a long time. Now my old Polaroid Land Camera 104 is one of my favorites. I like taking photos with all kind of instant films. You can see your results right away, but you will think much more before taking a photo, because of the pricey films.
How did you acquire the Lomography Petzval lens? Why did you decide to get one?
I was one of the Kickstarter backers. After seeing the sample shots I couldn’t resist and backed the project. The swirly bokeh is really unique.
Can you recall what your first reaction was when you first received and opened the package? Please share if you do remember.
I was surprised with the nice packaging and quality. Even if the lens isn’t that cheap I wasn’t expecting that. The lens was heavier than I thought, but it looked and felt great.
What is your favorite Petzval and camera set-up?
Right now I am using the Petzval with a Nikon D7000. To get the swirly bokeh I use the f/2,2 plate.
Please share with us your first experience with the new Petzval lens. Any difficulties or memorable incidents you experienced?
It’s not that easy to find the right distance for the “Petzval effectwould suggest to use the live view mode of your camera (and zoom in). It’s sometimes hard to focus right with the regular viewfinder.
Please share with us your favorite photo so far amongst your Petzval shots. And tell us the story behind it.
There is no big story behind this shot. I took this picture at the first sunny weekend this year. It was just perfect to test my new Petzval lens. My girlfriend and I went to the river and this picture was taken.
What do you like most about the new Petzval lens?
The swirly bokeh effect is the best part of it. The look and the gear rack focusing are great too.
What photo opportunities or projects would you like to use the Petzval lens for?
I can’t wait to take it to my wedding.
If you haven’t used the Petzval lens with an analogue camera, do you think you’d ever use a film camera with it?
I don’t have an analogue Nikon SLR right now, but I will test it for sure.
Any tips or advice for current and future Lomography Petzval lens users?
Just a small one: I use a karabiner to keep all waterhouse aperture plates together. So you can also attach them easily to your camera bag or trousers.
You may view more of Thomas’ photos on his Flickr account.