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02-28-2014, 02:34 PM   #1
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PETZVAR 120mm f/3.8 medium format Petzval fine art lens

Hi,

Did anybody else kick in some money for this campaign?

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1162663202/the-petzvar-f-38-120-mm-medi...t-petzval-port

I did and purchased the Pentacon Six mount version to use with my 645N.

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02-28-2014, 03:24 PM   #2
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I think there was a similar one for 35mm format some time ago, in a brass body, looking like something from the Victorian age. It received lots of backing, but it didn't seem too promising.
Its kind of odd to think someone would want medium format quality camera, but then a "lomo" lens?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Na Horuk Quote
I think there was a similar one for 35mm format some time ago, in a brass body, looking like something from the Victorian age. It received lots of backing, but it didn't seem too promising.
Its kind of odd to think someone would want medium format quality camera, but then a "lomo" lens?
And if you did want that, why not just buy an ancient folding camera and graft it into a modern MF body? Cheaper, and more unique!
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It seems less targeted to the hipster crowd than what was produced by lomo.
Lomography x Zenit 85mm f/2.2 Petzval Art Lens Review
Show us some pictures taken with the Petzvar when you receive it!

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It looks like the Pentacon Six (easily adapted to Pentax 645 mount) mount versions of the PETZVAR lens are starting to ship!
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QuoteOriginally posted by yurihuta Quote
It looks like the Pentacon Six (easily adapted to Pentax 645 mount) mount versions of the PETZVAR lens are starting to ship!
Yuri, good for you. Looks like fun. I missed this one. Please post images when you get it.
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iCrop, I think Denys ordered additional parts in order to sell copies to people who missed the initial campaign.
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QuoteOriginally posted by yurihuta Quote
iCrop, I think Denys ordered additional parts in order to sell copies to people who missed the initial campaign.
Thanks for that info. I'll try to keep an eye out for that.

This reminds me that I have an old ARAX 135mm around somewhere. Bought it with the Pentax K adapter. I'll have to look into getting a 645 adapter for it.

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Now we're talking.....
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I love the large format photography and still have a couple of big brass Petzval lenses for my 4x5 Graflex Speed Graphic camera. But shooting and processing the large format film is time consuming and requires a great deal of patience. On the other hand, the most convenient 35 mm film format, in my opinion, can not reproduce that almost three dimensional appearance of the large format images.
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QuoteOriginally posted by yurihuta Quote
Hi,

Did anybody else kick in some money for this campaign?

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1162663202/the-petzvar-f-38-120-mm-medi...t-petzval-port

I did and purchased the Pentacon Six mount version to use with my 645N.

Yuri
Excuse my ignorance, but how is this different (better) than Pentax 120mm f/4 Macro? What is fine-art about it (I presume lack of sharpness)? Just curious...
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I tested the Petzval lomography/art lens while I was in New York. It is an 85mm/2.2 portrait lens that gives swirly "Spiritone" out of focus backgrounds. It has a telescope/microscope style screw knob for focus and uses various inserts to control aperture. There is an add-on set of aperture cut-outs in the shape of stars, hearts, clovers, etc. to make interesting bokeh.

I'm pretty sure I could reproduce all of its effects at home with existing equipment without spending $700.
If the medium format version is the same thing on steroids, I will pass on it too.
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