Lomography Petzval 85mm f/2.2 Lens for Nikon F (Brass)

Lomography Petzval 85mm f/2.2 Lens for Nikon F (Brass)

Lomography Petzval 85mm f/2.2 Lens for Nikon F (Brass)

B&H # LOP85BN MFR # Z230N
Expected availability: Apr 2, 2019

Product Highlights

  • F-Mount Lens/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.2 to 16
  • Russian Glass, Multi-Coated Optics
  • Manual Geared Rack Focusing
  • Distinctive Swirly Bokeh
  • Based on Classic Petzval Lens from 1840
  • Brass Outer Construction
  • Set of 7 Waterhouse Stops
  • Includes Book, Leather Pouch, Brass Cap
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Color: Brass

Lomography Petzval 85mm f/2.2 Lens for Nikon F (Black)


Lomography Petzval 85mm f/2.2 Lens for Nikon F (Brass)

Mount: Nikon F

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Lomography Z230N overview

  • 1Description

Characterized by its swirly bokeh and sharp central focus, the brass Petzval 85mm f/2.2 Lens from Lomography for Nikon F-mount cameras is an updated design of the first Petzval lens from 1840. Sharing much of the distinct image quality from the classic optic, as well as the unique brass exterior, this version has been updated for use on modern DSLRs and film SLRs and features Russian multi-coated glass to deliver a high degree of sharpness, contrast, and color saturation while maintaining the unique field curvature, vignetting, and shallow depth of field of the original lens. Aperture settings are controlled using seven different Waterhouse stops, ranging from f/2.2 to f/16, and a geared rack focusing mechanism affords precise manual focus control as close as 3.3' away. Harking back to the origins of photography, this optic meshes an ethereal, soft, and distinctive image quality with contemporary handling to provide a unique option for portraiture and other creative applications.

Contemporary iteration of the classic Petzval lens from 1840, this lens produces a distinctive swirly bokeh with a high degree of central sharpness, contrast, and color saturation.
A standard portrait-length lens, this Nikon F version is compatible with FX sensors and 35mm film, as well as DX sensors where it will provide a 127.5mm equivalent focal length.
Seven drop-in style Waterhouse stops, ranging from f/2.2 to f/16, are included for aperture and depth of field control, and are inserted into the middle of the lens prior to making an exposure. Additionally, a blank protective plate is also included for keeping in the lens during travel or storage.
Constructed from Russian multi-coated glass, this lens' optical design maintains its classical appearance with notable field curvature, inherently shallow depth of field, and vignetting towards the edges of the frame, while providing a high degree of sharpness and contrast for use with modern DSLRs and film types.
Brass outer design resembles the classic appearance of the first Petzval lens.
Manual geared rack focus control allows you to focus as closely as 3.3' away.
In addition to the lens and seven Waterhouse stops, a blank protective plate, Petzval book, leather pouch, cleaning cloth, and brass lens cap are also included.
  • Image circle: 44mm
  • Lens measures 4.4" long from flange to lens cap
  • Front 58mm filter threads
  • No electronic contacts requires manual exposure metering and does not transfer lens-based EXIF data
  • In the Box
    Lomography Petzval 85mm f/2.2 Lens for Nikon F (Brass)
  • 7 x Aperture Plates (f/2.2 to f/16)
  • Brass Lens Cap
  • Leather Pouch
  • Blank Protective Aperture Plate
  • Cleaning Cloth
  • Petzval Book
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Lomography Z230N specs

    Focal Length 85mm
    Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 127.5 mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/2.2
    Minimum: f/16
    Camera Mount Type Nikon F
    Format Compatibility Nikon FX/35mm Film
    Nikon DX
    Angle of View 30°
    Minimum Focus Distance 3.28' / 1 m
    Autofocus No
    Filter Thread Front: 58 mm
    Weight 1.50 lb / 680 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 4.25 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.3 x 7.6 x 5.0"

    Lomography Z230N reviews

    Petzval 85mm f/2.2 Lens for Nikon F (Brass) is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 13.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic lens I've had this lens for about a year. I preordered it on kickstarter. I really hadn't used it until recently. Although I'm kinda nuts about using only the best primes on my camera (d800E or d810) by checking DXO mark, etc., I bought this lens, as Monty Python might say, for something completely different. Different it is. I have found it a fantastic lens in my quiver. The results, if used carefully, are simply wonderful. Very artful and aesthetic. The lens is well made. It's back to the future with a brass lens and rack and pinion focusing. It produces wonderful swirling out of focus bokeh. There is a little bit of a learning curve. You just might like it. I do.
    Date published: 2015-05-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A portrait lens from the past This lens is fun! It also has a learning curve. It is without a doubt a great portrait lens. The end result can be fantastic and make you think it was taken 100 plus years ago. Focus is difficult and even if it looks sharp in the view finder chances are it's not. When you stop down this improves your results. For me I have to use a tripod. While the bokeh sucks you in at first I've come to the conclusion it can be overdone. Just stop down to f4 or 5.6 to control. This is a fantastic art lens. I've made a really fun series of floral shots and had to do very little photoshop work to get the results I'm after.
    Date published: 2015-06-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from If you can handle manual focus GRAB THIS Lens The Lomography Petzval 85mm lens is a manual focus lens. The bokeh it creates is breathtaking and fun to play with. I would note that it can be sharp down to 2.2, but like many fast primes the sweet spot can be tricky to master. I've had best results placing the subject closer to the centre of the frame since as the swirl can be pronounced at wide apertures. The swirly blur reduces to a kind of vignette effect around f8. I adore this lens for stills and video on my D800 and will grab the 58mm when it comes out. One might calibrate (gently bend) the horns of the waterhouse stops to prevent them from slipping out of the lens. I also purchased a cheap keychain s-biner to keep the apertures on the ready which works well to sort and access them.
    Date published: 2015-08-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Petzval lens is astounding in every way! I bought this lens after seeing it on the B&H Photo website and just knew that I had to have one, if just for the swirling bokeh it produces. The brass construction is reminiscent of bygone days when every camera lens was a work of art, and a treasure to be passed down to future generations. The Petzval lens has stirred something in me that I haven't felt since using a medium format, twin lens camera, and my very first Petzval portrait was astounding. Using it really makes me think more about composition, focus, and lighting and the bokeh is amazing even on a DX format camera. It's really the last type of lens I ever thought I would buy, but I just couldn't help myself. It was really LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT.
    Date published: 2015-04-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun Lens! Great to set your imagery apart from the rest! This is definitely one of those lenses that takes time to get used to. It is unlike any lens in modern DSLR photography, and will add something special to your body of work. I am primarily a wedding photographer, so to have a tool that can add a wow factor, and separate some of my images apart from the many others in my field is something of great value to me. That being said, this lens was worth the price tag to me. What takes time to get used to is the soft focus at wide apertures, and the manual focus. I like my images to be very sharp, but to maximize the spiral bokeh effect of this lens it is best to shoot anywhere from f/2 through f/2.8. This leaves the image slightly softer than I would like, but with a little sharpening in Photoshop, its not a problem. Pointers: With some practice, you can get used to using this lens, and I think some people review this lens prematurely, giving it a bad rep for their lack of training. It is important to have a busy background to see the effects of the spiral, and also keep your subject close to the center of the image to maximize sharpness. I like f/2.8 to get slightly sharper images, keeping the background blur effect. Use a tripod and use Live View to check focus. OR take a burst of a few photos to ensure a sharp focus regardless of your movement, or your subject moving slightly. You will have fun shooting this lens, it will ad something special to your work, and you'll have a good time chatting with the many people that will come up and ask you about your gold lens.
    Date published: 2015-07-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really cool lens I am using this for mostly glamour shots and i LOVE the bokeh!!! In trying to stand out in my small town full of photographers this has a different look to it. Love the way it looks too! I do wish it were auto focus, but it only a small thing. It does take some getting used to as far as focusing but it will be worth it.
    Date published: 2015-05-22
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Needs more sharpness The lens is beautiful! However, it is not sharp. The manual focus is hard to get used to, but the focus knob is easy to use. What looks sharp on the lcd screen, is not sharp on your computer. It does get better using the 4.0 pin....the 2.2 is super hit or miss. This lens can only be used successfully on someone who can stand still. It does give a super cool bokeh and when nailed, it is beautiful.
    Date published: 2015-05-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Timeless! This lens is not only so beautiful but the images you capture with it create a timeless and beautiful effect. I am absolutely in love with this lens! It brings a uniqueness to each session and the bokeh is to die for. Truly a one of a kind lens.
    Date published: 2015-04-27
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