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Review: Lomography Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens

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Reviews, by Mark White
August 7, 2017

Does this striking lens produce imagery to match its looks?

Price: £549/$749
Website: lomography.com

The Petzval Bokeh control lens is the ideal choice for photographers looking to add a little creativity to photography.

The lens itself comes in a stylish black finish or a striking brass look. Annoyingly though, the brass shows every fingerprint and scuff so it loses its pristine shine pretty quickly, especially if you change lenses frequently. We also found the lens cap quite infuriating as it fell off extremely easily in our camera bag.

However, once we got past our slight annoyances, we discovered a really impressive bit of kit. It is the perfect lens for portrait and street photographers because of the stunning bokeh you can create. However, it will also add a bit extra to landscapes. The lens itself has a 58mm focal length, bokeh control ring and a super-bright f1.8 maximum aperture. We tested the Nikon F fit lens, but it also comes in the Canon EF fit and there are adapters that can be purchased so you can use it with the Sony Alpha range and more.

You have to manually focus when using the lens, but the knob is easy to use and responsive so you won’t have to worry too much about missing focus. The bokeh adjustment ring is what makes it stand out – with each bokeh and aperture combination you’ll get different effects, and the bokeh that is produced has a unique swirly appearance. Images come out crisp and sharp thanks to the premium Russian glass optics, and the colours are truly beautiful. It does take a little practice, but once mastered you’ll probably never want to go back to a standard lens, especially for portraits.

The Verdict

9/10 – A stunning lens producing creative captures that will stand out against shots captured with a normal lens. Only minor issue was the easily tarnished finish.