Quote Originally Posted by Barry S View Post
Interesting project. I don't know if you have the optical design locked in, but the swirl seems excessive to me. The best properties of the Petzval have nothing to do with swirl--which is a one-trick pony. In any case good luck with your kickstarter, I think it's great that people are reproducing a classic lens design that still has a place in photography.
Thank you for your comment. I know exactly what you mean, but the lens is just an instrument and can be used in different ways by different photographers. Those sample shots were taken to show the lens' ability to produce a "signature" swirls, but it is very easy to take a pictures without it, by using a smaller apertures, or placing the subject at different distances,or simply by cropping the final image. Using a smaller sensor cameras will cut the swirls off too. I'm sure you know what I mean - it is not always easy to get those swirls from the Petzval, but you can, if you want to.