Lomography has released its latest Petzval lens and the 55mm f/1.7 MkII is the brand’s first Petzval designed for mirrorless cameras. The fine-art optic is available for Sony E, Canon RF and Nikon Z mounts, meaning it can be paired with the latest full-frame cameras such as Canon’s EOS R or Nikon’s Z 7.
The 55mm lens has, in Lomography’s words; ‘been streamlined, with a robust, modern build quality and requires no pesky adaptors’. In terms of design, the brass edition features an 8-blade diaphragm aperture system that’s regulated by a control knob and the shape of the unique bokeh can be adjusted using aperture blades that can turn the bokeh into shapes including hearts and snowflakes.
Talking of bokeh, the f/1.7 aperture means the optic produces exquisit bokeh that makes the lens a portrait photographer’s dream and the control ring enables photographers to shift from dreamy to sharp results through seven levels in just seconds.
Lomography explains the 55mm f/1.7 MkII is a tribute to Joseph Petzval’s legacy – Petzval was a Hungarian inventor famous for his pioneering work in the field of optics – and the lens comes in a solid, satin-finished brass exterior, a black brass edition or a black anodised aluminium edition.
Priced from £349 to £449, the Lomography Petzval 55mm f/1.7 MkII Brass and Aluminium editions are available for pre-order and expected to start shipping through July-August. To show what this incredible lens can achieve, Lomography shared some examples images on their website…