This is a brass lens. Yes, it is cast in brass! Not only is it beautiful, it is a tribute to the original Petzval 85mm lens originally produced in 1840. A lens that produced images with vivid colors and swirling backgrounds capable of rivaling even the best Instagram and Hipstamatic filters more than 150 years ago!
The teams at Zenit and Lomography worked together to re-draw, re-calculate and re-measure the original 1840 Petzval lens to make it work with modern Canon EF and Nikon F mount cameras. The funds came from a successful 2013 Kickstarter campaign.
I haven’t tried it out yet, so I don’t have any personal photos to post. But I just had to share and give credit to the teams with the vision to make this come to fruition.
Photos via Lomography