Studland Portrait Shoot with the new Petzval 85mm Art Lens by Zenit and Lomography.
Sep 06, 2014

Studland Portrait Shoot with the new Petzval 85mm Art Lens by Zenit and Lomography.

We just had to test out this beautiful 85mm Petzval lens, which was released this summer! The 85mm ‘Art’ portrait lens is the reinvention of the original Petzval lens first conceived in Austria in 1840.

The first thing that you notice is just how cool this lens looks on a modern DSLR body, the mix of traditional brass construction with contemporary black plastics and metals is just superb! Putting the apertures in manually is great fun, and really enhances the ‘back to basics’ natures of this lens.

We spent a morning on Studland beach, just over the ferry from Sandbanks and Poole Harbour in Dorset. We wanted to make some portrait images with the lens, and see for ourselves how the swirly bokeh works at various apertures and with different amounts of detail.

We found the lens sharp and bright, and focusing simple with the little handle on the left lower side. The swirly bokeh just appears when you hit the sweet spot, which we found was easy to achieve in the wider apertures,  and specifically lots of full frame concentrated detail in the background. Most often thin linear lines, tree branches and leaves provided the best backgrounds to really show off the unique look!

It would be great to see what happens with some direct light behind the model, and perhaps try to generate some flare too!

Check out the images we made below!