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    Well the project is funded up to 130% after 4 hours so it looks like it is going to happen. A very interesting lens with an interesting effect.

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    I couldn't resist it and backed the Kickstarter, looks like it could be a fun lens.

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    The kicker for me is the dedicated lens mount. No more looking for strange adapters or having to use different camera bodies. This is the best lomo news to date.

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    Cool idea. Personally, I think the look of the classic portrait lenses doesn't work as well when enlarged as with a contact printable negative, but it's great to get people thinking outside the usual "sharpness" box, and to see such a lens having so much success.
    flickr--http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidagoldfarb/
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    Threads merged.
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    They've sold over 800 lenses in a few hours--amazing. When was the last time someone sold 800 brass Petzval lenses with waterhouse stops in less than a day?--That would be never. I think it bodes well for photography--people are getting tired of technically perfect images and find value in the history of photography.

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    Before you spend your money on this nice (but overpriced) lens, check this site for very nice "old school" and much cheaper alternatives:
    www.re-inventedphotoequip.com
    These lenses are made by Reinhold, a frequent participant and sponsor on this forum.
    Lomography makes nice items, even with plastic lenses, but their prices are way too high for what they deliver. So I'm afraid it will be the case with this lens also.
    But it seems there is a large group willing to spend their money at Lompgraphy on these items, propably because they don't know the real/original alternatives for the Lomo-gadgets.
    How many people have heard/used a Holga 120 type camera and how many a Agfa Clack or a Gevabox?

    Yes, I would like to try this lens with my Nikon f2, but I like it more to use such a lens on a medium or large format camera. Especially for this kind of money ...
    "Have fun and catch that light beam!"
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    Part of me says yea, and part, nay. Remember when you found this really cool band when you were younger? Even though you wished them well, you quietly hoped that they kind of remained unknown so that they didn't burn out for you. There are a lot of really good photographers making amazing photos with old Petzvals. If you thought there was a lot of swirly bokeh on the internet before, just wait until these babies hit the market.

    But still, it will be neat to see what folks can come up with if this makes it easier to access interesting lenses.

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    Ansel Adams had the Zone System... I'm working on the points system. First I points it here, and then I points it there...

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheToadMen View Post
    Yes, I would like to try this lens with my Nikon f2, but I like it more to use such a lens on a medium or large format camera. Especially for this kind of money ...
    To use such lens on large format or even meduim format camera is privilege of not so many people (I would like to be in that group ). With nikon/canon mount you open this option to many.

    To use old Petzval lens you need either large format camera or medium format with exchangeable lens, and when you add camera to price calculation - then lomo option does not seems so expensive any more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by darkosaric View Post
    To use such lens on large format or even meduim format camera is privilege of not so many people (I would like to be in that group ). With nikon/canon mount you open this option to many.

    To use old Petzval lens you need either large format camera or medium format with exchangeable lens, and when you add camera to price calculation - then lomo option does not seems so expensive any more.
    Hi Darko,
    In itself you are absolutely right. And the IF for me would be if they made the lens of good quality and not a "Holga plastic like" lens. And we won't know that until we see, hold, feel and test this lens. But looking at their track record I'm hesitating to give them the benefit of the doubt.
    Lomography used to be a lot of plastic & marketing that people were willing to pay for and having fun with it. Even normal film is expensive at their site.
    But then, maybe they are outgrowing their former reputation? Might the Lomo Belair X 6-12 be such an example? A big step up from the Holga (also a very good camera in its own field, mind you) but value for your money? For that kind of money you also have the choice between several "old school" folders with much better quality.

    Don't get me wrong: I'm not trying to downsize Lomography. I love my Holga's (especially the pinhole 6x12) for the fun they give me. And they are very successful at Lomography with their brand creating a whole new market in itself.
    But that's not my point. If they want to sell this lens as the better recreation of a Petzval lens, I'm not sure if they will be living up to it.
    But then, apparently the Lomo-gang doesn't mind, so what am I complaining about?
    Yes: it is nice they make this possible for 35 mm film cameras like Nikon en Canon. And maybe it will get people more interested in the "real" old school cameras and photography (instead of sticking it to their DSLR).
    And i hope they prove me wrong by posting a lot of beautiful analogue images on APUG.

    But then: how many of these backers end up dropping this lens on a shelf or Ebay in a year time??? I'll wait until then to get me a cheap one and am spending my money on a real 790 mm ULF lens from Reinhold for now....

    (Just ignore my rambling please)
    "Have fun and catch that light beam!"
    Bert from Holland
    my blog: http://thetoadmen.blogspot.nl
    my Linkedin pinhole group: http://tinyurl.com/pinholegroup


    * I'm an analogue enthusiast, trying not to fall into the digital abyss.
    * My favorite cameras: Mamiya C330f, Nikon S2, Hasselblad SWC, Leica SL, Leica M7, Russian FKD 18x24, Bronica SQ-B and RF645, Rolleiflex T, Nikon F4s, Olympus Pen FT, Agfa Clack and my pinhole cameras.

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