First Impressions of the New Lomography 58 Bokeh Control Lens: Emily Soto


Emily Soto is a New York City-based fashion and fine art photographer. With Canon 5D Mark III and Canon EOS cameras, she took photos with the Lomography 58 Bokeh Control Lens, producing a series of beautiful images that are reminiscent of renaissance portraits. She talks about the experience and the concept behind her photos in this exclusive interview.

Photos by Emily Soto

What was your first impression of the new Lomography Petzval 58 Bokeh Control lens?

I enjoyed using the bokeh control and playing around with the different settings to see the results of the swirl. It is great for full length portraits and wider shots as well.

*What camera setup/s did you use with the Petzval 58 Bokeh Control lens?
I used the Canon 5D Mark III and the Canon EOS

How was your experience shooting with it? Did you encounter any difficulties?

I found the initial focus to be nice, it took a little adjusting to decide what bokeh setting worked best for the shoot but I enjoyed trying the different settings to find the different intensity.

Photos by Emily Soto

Tell us about the photos you took, and why you chose to photograph the subjects with the Petzval 58 Bokeh Control lens.

The series I shot using the lens was natural and whimsical, I wanted to find a subject who had an soft innocent look that would lend well to the mood of the lens, styling and location.

Have you used the Lomography Petzval 85mm lens? If yes, how was your experience shooting with it? How does the Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Lens compare with the Petzval Lens 85?

Yes I use the Lomography Petzval 85mm lens often and love the bokeh it gives, especially when shooting in studio. I personally found the 58 Bokeh Control Lens a bit easier to focus with due to the focal length.

Photos by Emily Soto

What do you like best about the Lomography Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Lens, or what do you think is its best feature or functionality?

I really love the bokeh control and how the bokeh gives such a painterly feel to the images.

Now that you’ve tried the Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Lens, what kind of projects, shoots, or subjects would you like to use it for in the near future?

I hope to use it for a few future fine art projects in studio as I love the painterly effect that both it and the Petzval 85mm lens give.

Photos by Emily Soto

What advice would you give to first time users of the Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Lens?

Test out the different intensities of the bokeh control and make sure to choose the right one for your project. The bokeh control is fun to play around with and gives beautiful results at different settings just make sure to be consistent throughout your shoot.

Mary-Margaret Henry at Major Models NYC
Stylist: Julia Morris
Makeup/Hair: Anny Chow
Headpieces by Julia Morris

Learn more about Emily Soto and her work by visiting her website and following her on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

written by Jill Tan Radovan on 2015-08-07 #people #fashion-photography #emily-soto #petzval-58

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. heyfrida
    heyfrida ·

    Digital photographer...

  2. foodbymark
    foodbymark ·

    @heyfrida yeah it would be nice to have seen her work with analogue cameras but they are still interesting images.

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