The Lomography New Petzval 85mm art lens is magical

We live in a connected world. A world where so much of what we do has at least some form of automation. In fact, there’s an auto setting for pretty much everything. You’ve got auto doors, auto headlamps, auto wipers, auto focus. But, although auto is convenient, the cost of it is that even though we live in such a connected world, we’ve never been more disconnected from the world. I mean, you don’t have to do anything if there is a motor, program or algorithm to do it for you.

But, once in awhile, something special comes along that really reminds you what it was like before automation, when you had to use your hands to actually do stuff and it’s usually something old. Something like this: The Petzval 85mm art lens which looks like it came right out of the 19th Century. Only it didn’t. This lens is actually from 2013, a child of a kickstarter program by Lomography to recreate Joseph Petzval’s legendary 19th century lens.

Check out our gallery below for the high-res version of the images we included in this video. Oh, and a huge shoutout goes to Penny (aka Gill) our model for this shoot, and Serene Ang for lending us her Canon 6D during this shoot.

Shot on Canon 6D (Full-frame)

Photos by Zachary Yoong | @zacwhite66_6

Shot on Fujifilm X-T20 (APS-C)

Photos by Rory Lee | @roryqwerty

Lomography New Petzval 85mm Art Lens