Continuing with the spirit of Christmas, we decided to dedicate yet another entry to Christmas lights! As always, we have chosen a different mode of photography; returning to digital photography, but with a new set of lens that we were very keen to try! We returned to the streets of Orchard (last featured in our first Night Photography entry), where we hoped to capture some stunning bokeh photos with Lomography’s Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens!
Lomography’s 58mm Petzval Lens pays tribute to Joseph Petzval, widely known as the founder of modern photography. His revolutionary portrait lens, created in 1840, had one of the fastest apertures (of f/3.7) at that time. Today, his lens continue to be relevant, especially because of the vignetting, curvature and the unique bokeh that it produces. The Petzval lens comes in 58mm and 85mm versions, of which ours are the former.
The Petzval lens uses aperture blades, since it is mechanical. Lomography has provided blades from f/1.9 to f/16. The larger the aperture, the stronger the bokeh would be. We were very excited to try out the lens, having borrowed it a few months ago. Needless to say, we were thoroughly impressed. Follow our journey through Orchard Road as we use the Petzval lens!
We have yet to enjoy the full capabilities of the Petzval lens, so expect to see the Petzval lens being featured again!