The Lomography Petzval Portrait Lens Surges Past $800,000 On Kickstarter

Posted Jul 29, 2013

During the 19th Century, most photos were short with a Petzval lens.  The lens was invented by Joseph Petzval in Vienna in 1840.  Photos that were shot with the Petzval were known for being sharp and crisp with strong color saturation and a bokeh effect.  Lomography launched a Kickstarter project to reinvent the Petzval lens to work with Canon EF and Nikon F mount cameras.  Lomography had a goal to hit a $100,000 goal on Kickstarter, but they have hit over $800,000 ($829,890 as of the time I was writing this) with 25 days left to go.

The expected delivery date of the lenses is February 2014.  However, the company is confident that they will be able to ship the first 1,000 lenses by December 2013.  The retail launch price of the lens is currently planned at $499 and the Special Edition is priced at $599.

To donate to the Petzval lens, visit their Kickstarter page.  In the video below, there are more details: