The Petzval lense

Hello everybody,

today I’m going to take you a step back into the history of photography.

This blogpost is all about Josef Maximilian Petzval! Some of you might have heard his name already. His  most famous invention is the Petzval lens. He designed it in 1840, for a while it was quite popular and pretty well known but then vanished into oblivion.

The  Petzval lense has quite a unique feature. It creates an extaordinary bokeh. The bokeh shapes don’t appear in the form of circles , like they usually do, but arise in exceptional distortions.  As you can see for yourselves in the pictures below.


Like with so many other things at the moment, retro is also a big thing in photography. This is also one oft he reasons why the company Lomography decided to revive the Petzlav lense. Thanks to kickstarter it soon turned out to be a huge success and is now back on the market.

Speaking for myself, I’d love to try it, because it not only looks amazing, it also creates unique and distinctive looks.



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