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.
I couldn't resist it and backed the Kickstarter, looks like it could be a fun lens.
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.
They put two different picture groups to their site , some with Lomo lens and some with 1800s lens. I want to buy that 19th century lens , its images are perfect but I cant say the same for Lomo lens , its a really a lomo lens.
If I had money for Kiev 60 body , I would invest in Soviet LOMO Cinema lenses , they are matchless and you will sell two times the price you paid next year. They have huge customers in Cinema industry and they make a woman skin a woman skin , not orange ice drink color. Darko , there are many shots with these lenses at vimeo and with 4.2.0 % 60 lost color information , they are great.
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.
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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.
Before you spend your money on this nice (but overpriced) lens, check this site for very nice "old school" and much cheaper alternatives:
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 ...
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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.
Tom, on Point Pelee, Canada
Ansel Adams had the Zone System... I'm working on the points
system. First I points it here, and then I points it there...
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.
Originally Posted by TheToadMen
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.