Woohoo, Petzval has arrived! I promptly stuck it on a Canon film body freshly loaded with Kodak 400 CN and took it for a spin. I used the 2.2 aperture only on these so I could see what it looks like wide open. First impressions: Very cool lens. Simple to use, well made, cool looking effects especially with a busy background or strong backlight. Kind of reminds me of the Lensbaby look a little bit but not as distorted. However, some of the same principles definitely apply.....it's been a while since I shot an SLR and quite a while since I've shot any kind of telephoto so it felt really nice and fresh today, plus we had some nice light and moderate temperatures for a change. Conclusion: This lens is a lot of fun to play with and it looks really cool. I had 5 people stop me and ask about it so it's a head turner. I might have to get a black one if I wish to not stand out in a crowd....for a smoother and slicker look with the bokeh this will perform the best with a digital sensor IMO, just like Lensbaby. However, a fine grain film could also be very nice and I'm anxious to try out a few more rolls as soon as possible.

canon eos 3000
Kodak Ultramax 400 (35mm) (オンラインストアで販売中)
国 / 地域:
United States
LSI: Home Run with the Petzval!

13 Comment

  1. atropaworkshop
    atropaworkshop ·


  2. vici
    vici ·

    so what did you do differently, to get the swirling bokeh in this pic? It is not so prominent in the other shots.

  3. clickiemcpete
    clickiemcpete ·

    @vici, I think its separation from the subject to maximize depth of field and at the same time having a very busy background. Leaves, vegetation and sparkly water make good backgrounds for this type of image. Same with lensbaby.

  4. clickiemcpete
    clickiemcpete ·

    @vici, I'm going to try stopping down some on the next roll. Probably there's a sweet spot where you still have some bokeh but can get more overall sharpness with film. I'm thinking b&w too.

  5. ricoinbrooklyn
    ricoinbrooklyn ·

    Great shot and bokeh!

  6. clickiemcpete
    clickiemcpete ·

    @vici, one last detail...when focus is on infinity the depth of field is maximized so by being closer to my subject and focusing closer I make more separation and more out of focus background.

  7. bloomchen
    bloomchen ·

    Nice one. Yes being close is probly best. That is why those portrait-sets from lsi look really dope.

  8. disdis
    disdis ·

    Do Youtube really recommend it?

  9. alburnkat
    alburnkat ·

    This one is soooo lovely. It's going to be a long wait until May for me.

  10. mapix
    mapix ·

    fully proves the Petzval quality!!!

  11. grazie
    grazie ·

    wow! excellent!

  12. koduckgirl
    koduckgirl ·

    This is a great Petzval shot I am getting my Kickstarter one soon they emailed me woohoo!

  13. kibs
    kibs ·

    Great test drive!! Looks like this lens is a keeper :)

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