The New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens - Available Now on Kickstarter!


We are extremely excited to announce our brand new Kickstarter project — the New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens! Rejoicing in the 175 year anniversary of Joseph Petzval’s first lens, the New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens is a continuation of the legacy that began in 1840.

Boasting newly developed features such as swirly bokeh control and a 58mm focal length, the New Petzval 58 is perfect for everything from landscape and street photography to portraits and beyond! And it’s available in both Canon EF and Nikon F mounts, so it works right off the bat with loads of different analogue and digital SLR cameras. Not to mention it’s compatible with many other cameras using adapter mounts!

By backing us today, you’ll enjoy exclusive offers and prices not available anywhere else. Not only that — you can secure your very own New Petzval 58 from the first batch estimated to send in December of this year!

The Bokeh Control Ring: Your 7-Step Stairway to Swirly Bokeh Heaven

Thanks to the revolutionary Bokeh Control Ring, the New Petzval 58 is the world’s 1st Petzval Bokeh Control Lens (and one of the only Bokeh Control lenses which exist, for that matter).With the Bokeh Control Ring, you have complete freedom to adjust the signature Petzval swirly bokeh effect for the first time ever — that means purely sublime swirl in all kinds of environments and shooting conditions!

Premium Petzval Quality & Features

Featuring the finest quality Russian glass optics, the New Petzval 58 delivers crystal clear images with deeply strong color and character. But the magnificence of the New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens extends far beyond the photos it takes. A welcome addition to the luxurious Lomography Art Lens Family, the lens is manufactured by hand and is available in a brass or black finish. The lens also features a Waterhouse Aperture system with plates ranging from f/1.9 to f/16 and a Gear Rack Focusing Knob for smooth and fast focusing.

A Modern Re-telling of a Classic Tale

2015 marks the 175 year anniversary of Joseph Petzval’s first lens. A revolutionary design that made huge waves following its inception in 1840, the Petzval has slowly become a rare collector’s item as technology has advanced. But in 2013, with the amazing support of the Kickstarter community, we reignited the passion for Petzval photography with the Lomography New Petzval 85mm Lens. Now, we couldn’t be more thrilled to celebrate Joseph Petzval’s legacy and continue the ripple effect with the New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens.

Credits: Coco Alexander, Filip Zrnzević, Issa Ng, Kevin Meredith, antoniocastello, borisb, dop, tattso

Check out the Compatibility of the New Petzval 58

The New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens works with a variety of analogue and digital cameras, as illustrated below.

Learn more about the New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Lens by visiting this website.

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New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens

Explore the first footsteps of photography with this handcrafted lens that combines historical design and modern, yet original, Russian optics with an unprecedented Bokeh Control Ring.


  1. antiox
    antiox ·


  2. rdetoyato
    rdetoyato ·

    It has a 58mm focal length!! perfect for my kind of work. ^^

  3. tattso
    tattso ·

    I love this lens!

  4. faaabii
    faaabii ·

    I have to admit, I'm a little disappointed, because I really thought of a m-mount... too bad, it's only for nikon/canon users again...

  5. pearlgirl77
    pearlgirl77 ·

    great pictures with this lens.. i want it.. but one petzval have to be enough..

  6. pan_dre
    pan_dre ·

    @faaabii We just released the Minitar Lens for the M-Mount. I'm sure there will be more for all the m-mount users soon as well :)

  7. faaabii
    faaabii ·

    @pan_dre I know... call me ever-hungry. I'm already waiting for the Minitar Lens... haha... but thinking about the Petzval with m-mount made me wanting this, too... ._.

  8. stouf
    stouf ·


  9. herbert-4
    herbert-4 ·

    @pan_dre Why is there not a M42 Petzval??!! This is the most common mount in the world and can be adapted to almost anything else. You are tending to freeze out your own fan base. It's the same thing with the Minitar; why is it not in M39 with adapters??!!!

  10. herbert-4
    herbert-4 ·

    And @pan_dre Waterhouse stops are just lame and totally 1840, not cute!! The Petzvals should have 9 curved bladed diaphragms with maybe a slot for custom diaphragm. Examine a Jupiter 3 lens' diaphragm. Waterhouse stops just get lost...

  11. pan_dre
    pan_dre ·

    Hi @herbert-4! I think the charm of this lens is to reflect the original and be a bit 1840. Also we like to have perfectly round apertures and the option customise them whatever way you feel like. If you put your waterhouse stops on a ring or something losing them is not so much an issue.

  12. pan_dre
    pan_dre ·

    As for the mounts, we try to make everybody happy and produced lenses for different systems already. Canon and Nikon mounts are pretty much a standard in the SLR world and we have a good experience with them from the last Petzval Lens project. That doesn't mean that there will never be one for M42 or M like @faaabii was mentioning.

  13. herbert-4
    herbert-4 ·

    @pan_dre M42 can be adapted to everything except Exacta/Topcon and Sigma SA that have smaller throats/shorter back focus. This is measurement and machine work. If it had been on a T-mount, it could have fit EVERYTHING in the world with an adapter. I have 2 very strange lenses that were T-mount, one with uncoated pure quartz lenses that can focus UVB (!!) and an odd 200 mm macro with a 2 part helix. If you add film SLR's to the equation, Nikon and Canon don't even come close, like how many Zenits are there out there, and Practikas, and Zeiss, and Yashica, and Cosina, and Porst, and Vivitar, and Sears...

  14. wesco
    wesco ·

    @herbert-4: I understand your point, but on the other hand: you can get a decent secondhand Canon or Nikon SLR camera for maybe 10 to 20 euro or dollar. I bought last year a Nikon F80 with a 28-100 kitlens for € 25. So compared to the pledge for this lens that is only a small extra investment, maybe even less than an adaptor.

  15. herbert-4
    herbert-4 ·

    @wesco The point, here, is not a 2nd hand Canon or Nikon SLR, but having the imagination to make the product as they might have in the 1960's, with a T-mount and adapters to fit every SLR in the world, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE!!! How many Lomographers have Zenits, etc??? Thanks.

  16. faaabii
    faaabii ·

    @wesco I think, there are more photographers out there, who want to get this lens for their camera instead of a camera for this lens. :P It would have been nice, if the LS would have released a Petzval for another target group. Most of my (digital, nonlomographic) friends got rid of their (D)SLRs in the last months to get smaller mirrorless cameras.

  17. an4
    an4 ·

    Very interesting discussion!
    I agree with @Herbet-4

  18. asharnanae
    asharnanae ·

    While I love the Pertzval lens in theory, I just can't buy one. I would buy one of these in a second if if just had the choice of a flipping PENTAX mount! Come on lomo, you are cutting of your nose to spite your face by not letting pentax users have a true crack at this lens. And NO! I do not want to buy a frickin Cannon or Nikon (which I just dislike for so many reasons) just for the 'Privilege' of using this lens. Especially since I have a perfectly working SLR that I lOVE! Grrrrrrrr.....

  19. herbert-4
    herbert-4 ·

    @asharnanae Thanks for continuing conversation. Nikon and Canon mounts is a very narrow slice of the market. I vote for a T-mount with adapters. That way, the Petzval could also fit things like Topcons/Exactas, too. I, also, have little use for Nikon SLR's.

  20. asharnanae
    asharnanae ·

    @HERBERT-4 Yeah, that would also be cool, hell anything that widened the usage of this lens would be! I just do not understand or agree with the reasoning for keeping this lens to only the two mounts.

  21. ces1um
    ces1um ·

    I agree, an M42 mount would have been useful. I shoot with a pentax k1000 and would buy this lens, but try as I might, I cannot find an adapter. I'm thinking the kind of people that would visit this site and discover your petzval lens are likely analog shooters (otherwise they'd be searching canon/nikon/sony websites). You've got a great product here but it's not exactly targeted to your particular customer base. I'm also thinking, why wouldn't you make a m42 (essentially a universal mount) version ONLY and then either sell or provide weblinks to the required adapters? Less unique inventory to stock. Larger market to sell to. I'm kinda bummed because I won't ever get to use this lens now.

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