Quote Originally Posted by Mainecoonmaniac View Post
I was looking for the "perfect" bokeh and bought a LensBaby. Didn't workout. I sold it. I'm still wanting a Petzval lens, but it's out of my budget. Sure makes a beautiful swirly blur.
Petzvals were designed as a fast portrait lens. When used as intended, there are no swirlies - the focal length was long for the intended format, and all the swirly stuff landed on the insides of the camera. The central zone of a Petzval is very sharp.