Lensbaby's New Burnside 35: Swirl and Vignette to Taste

The first wide-angle adaptation of the Petzval lens design allow custom amounts of central highlighting.

By JonPB in Third-Party Announcements on Feb 18, 2018

Lensbaby's newly-announced Burnside 35 uniquely offers the Petzval look in a wide angle lens, and also uses a second aperture to allow manual control over vignetting. Like other Lensbaby lenses, the Burnside 35 allows photographers to achieve creative effects that are not easy or possible to realize even with post-processing tools. 

The Burnside 35 is a 35mm f/2.8 lens with a secondary aperture to control vignetting. Leave the gold slider open to maximize the Petzval effect. Close it down to darken the frame edges and reduce swirling, even when shooting at small apertures.

This lens creates subject isolation without the bulk, cost or other challenges inherent in using extremely fast lenses and thin depth of field. Samples from the Burnside 35 are available from Lensbaby, like these:

Lensbaby Burnside 35 thumbnail samples

The Burnside 35 is available in Pentax K mount and will cover both both full-frame and APS-C image sensors.

Lensbaby Burnside 35 comparison on Full Frame and APS-C

Full specifications for the Lensbaby Burnside 35 are available in the PentaxForums lens database, which will also include user reviews as more people get their hands on these lenses. The Burnside 35 was announced with immediate availability and can be bought from B&H Photo for $499.95.

Press Release

Lensbaby Delivers a Modern Take on Classic Lenses with the Burnside 35

Portland, OR (February 15, 2018) - Lensbaby--makers of award-winning creative effects lenses, optics and accessories--announces the launch of an entirely new kind of creative effects lens, the Burnside 35.

The first ever wide angle adaptation of the Petzval lens design, this 35mm f/2.8 lens creates images with a large, bright central area of sharp focus and striking color rendition surrounded by variable, swirling bokeh and vignette. It also features an effect slider that operates as a second internal iris that changes the shape and amount of swirl in the bokeh; all while adding or removing vignette and center brightness.

Burnside’s 35mm focal length lets you capture a scene at a normal-wide perspective with a dimensionality that makes your subject jump off the page. This lens opens up a new world of creative possibilities for those shooting street photography, landscapes, environmental portraits and more.

"The Burnside 35 is one of the most versatile Lensbabies we’ve made,” said Lensbaby Chief Creative Officer and Co-Founder Craig Strong. “It gives you the ability to have a strong or subtle creative effect in a single lens, a lens you might just keep on your camera all day long."

Adding to the Burnside 35’s versatility is the radical, new effect slider that can be used to add center brightness, in-camera vignette and adjust bokeh detail. You can toggle the gold-anodized effect slider on the barrel of the lens to create variable balance and harmony between center brightness, bokeh and vignette. The effect slider features a four-stop range of vignette and bokeh enhancement so you can dial in the exact look that appeals to you.

Burnside 35 joins Lensbaby’s lens lineup as an all-metal, non-tilting lens similar to their bestselling Velvet series. Made specifically for full frame and crop sensor cameras, this lens is compatible with Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony A, Pentax K, Micro 4/3, Sony E, Fuji X and Samsung NX.

Burnside 35 Product Specs:

  • Focal Length: 35mm
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8-16
  • 6 blade internal aperture
  • 8 blade secondary internal aperture for the effect slider
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 6 inches
  • Maximum Focus Distance: Infinity
  • 62mm filter threads
  • Focus type: Manual
  • Size/ Weight: 13.2 oz (374.21g)
  • 6 multi-coated glass elements, in 4 groups

The Burnside 35 is now available for purchase on lensbaby.com and select Lensbaby-authorized retailers for $499.95.




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