New Petzval lens sends bokeh-lovers into a spin

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 Lomography Petzval 55mm f/1.7 MkII is a thing of pure beauty.

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.

Special aperture blades can change the shape of the bokeh.

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.

The lens is available in brass, black brass or black anodised aluminium.

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…

Image by Lomography
Image by Lomography
Image by Lomography