Super high-value rotary focus lens Petzval 55 mm f/1.7 MKII review

   Among the many kinds of lenses, the Petzval lens is a special kind of lens that can take pictures with beautiful spiral bokeh effects. Although it is relatively small in the market, it is also a very playable lens. This article will introduce Lomography and the Petzval 55 mm f/1.7 MKII bokeh control mirrorless art lens launched in the first half of this year.

Super high-value rotary focus lens Petzval 55 mm f/1.7 MKII review

  Lomography Petzval 55 mm f/1.7 MKII

  Petzval 55 mm f/1.7 MKII bokeh control mirrorless art lens is the first Petzval lens launched by Lomography to support full-frame mirrorless cameras, providing Sony E, Nikon Z and Canon RF three bayonet. At the same time, the maximum aperture of the lens has also been increased to f/1.7. The lens retains the characteristics of spiral bokeh, and users can adjust the degree of blurring of the bokeh by themselves. Five Waterhouse aperture inserts are included with the lens, allowing users to choose different out-of-focus bokeh effects.

Super high-value rotary focus lens Petzval 55 mm f/1.7 MKII review

  Lomography Petzval 55 mm f/1.7 MKII

  Petzval 55 mm f/1.7 MKII lens adopts an unprecedented dual-aperture system, providing a total of 8 stops from f/1.7 to f/22, and the aperture blade has 8 elements. In order to meet the needs of filming, the brass and black copper versions are specially equipped with a stepless aperture ring and a small spin. As for the black aluminum version, it uses a more modern and conventional design, and the appearance is closer to the lens that everyone uses daily.

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Super high-value rotary focus lens Petzval 55 mm f/1.7 MKII review

   Lomography Petzval 55 mm f/1.7 MKII lens body

   Lomography Petzval 55 mm f/1.7 MKII bokeh control mirrorless art lens has a total of three lens body designs, brass version, Black copper plate and black aluminum plate. Among them, the brass version we got was the most eye-catching and arrogant, and inherited the lens design from 1840.

Super high-value rotary focus lens Petzval 55 mm f/1.7 MKII review

  Lomography Petzval 55 mm f/1.7 MKII coating

   Lomography Petzval 55 mm f/1.7 MKII’s lens structure is a three-group four-element Petzval design, using a dual-aperture system with 8 aperture blades, and the closest focusing distance is 0.6m. The diameter of the filter is 7mm.

Super high-value rotary focus lens Petzval 55 mm f/1.7 MKII review

  Lomography Petzval 55 mm f/1.7 MKII mount

   Lomography Petzval 55 mm f/1.7 MKII adopts a metal mount, which is sturdy and durable. And three versions of Sony E mount, Nikon Z mount, and Canon RF mount are provided. The brass version of Sony E mount was tested this time.

Super high-value rotary focus lens Petzval 55 mm f/1.7 MKII review

  Lomography Petzval 55 mm f/1.7 MKII control ring

  Petzval 55 mm f/1.7 MKII has a total of three control switches on the mirror body. The top is the seven-level spiral bokeh control ring, allowing users to choose from soft to dramatic spiral suburban bokeh intensity. With a protrusion in the middle is a stepless aperture ring, which is also one of the dual aperture systems. However, the aperture ring designed like this in the picture is limited to the brass version and the black copper plate, and the aperture ring of the black aluminum version is the same as the ordinary lens, without the retro feeling. At the bottom is the focus ring.

Super high-value rotary focus lens Petzval 55 mm f/1.7 MKII review

  Lomography Petzval 55 mm f/1.7 MKII Waterhouse aperture insert

   The second of the aforementioned dual aperture system is the Waterhouse aperture insert system, which is located between the aperture ring and the focus ring , Using the included four special-shaped aperture films of Waterhouse, you can shoot a distinctive out-of-focus bokeh effect.

Super high-value rotary focus lens Petzval 55 mm f/1.7 MKII review

  Lomography Petzval 55 mm f/1.7 MKII special-shaped aperture insert

   Each special-shaped aperture insert is marked with the best aperture value, which is convenient for users to shoot.

   spin focus effect

   Lomography Petzval 55 mm f/1.7 MKII as a bokeh control lens, it provides users with a seven-level spiral bokeh control ring, allowing users to In the soft to dramatic spiral suburban bokeh intensity, freely choose the most suitable setting to shoot. Let’s take a look at the difference in effects through real shots at all levels.

Super high-value rotary focus lens Petzval 55 mm f/1.7 MKII review

   Level 1

Super high-value rotary focus lens Petzval 55 mm f/1.7 MKII review

   Level 2

Super high-value rotary focus lens Petzval 55 mm f/1.7 MKII review

   Level 3

Super high-value rotary focus lens Petzval 55 mm f/1.7 MKII review

  Level 4

Super high-value rotary focus lens Petzval 55 mm f/1.7 MKII review

   level 5

Super high-value rotary focus lens Petzval 55 mm f/1.7 MKII review

   level 6

Super high-value rotary focus lens Petzval 55 mm f/1.7 MKII review

   Level 7

Waterhouse Aperture Insert

  Petzval 55 mm f/1.7 MKII has another feature in its second aperture system: Waterhouse Aperture Insert System. By inserting different aperture films of different special shapes, it is possible to shoot distinctive out-of-focus bokeh effects.

Super high-value rotary focus lens Petzval 55 mm f/1.7 MKII review

   snowflake type

Super high-value rotary focus lens Petzval 55 mm f/1.7 MKII review

   five-pointed star

Super high-value rotary focus lens Petzval 55 mm f/1.7 MKII review

  ray type

Super high-value rotary focus lens Petzval 55 mm f/1.7 MKII review

   heart shape

   Samples appreciation

Super high-value rotary focus lens Petzval 55 mm f/1.7 MKII review

   Focal length: 55mm ISO: 100 Aperture: F1.7 Shutter: 1/400s

Super high-value rotary focus lens Petzval 55 mm f/1.7 MKII review

   Focal length: 55mm ISO: 100 Aperture: F1.7 Shutter: 1/1250s

Super high-value rotary focus lens Petzval 55 mm f/1.7 MKII review

   Focal length: 55mm ISO: 100 Aperture: F1.7 Shutter: 1/400s

Super high-value rotary focus lens Petzval 55 mm f/1.7 MKII review

   Focal length: 55mm ISO: 100 Aperture: F1.7 Shutter: 1/640s

Super high-value rotary focus lens Petzval 55 mm f/1.7 MKII review

   Focal length: 55mm ISO: 100 Aperture: F1.7 Shutter: 1/80s

Super high-value rotary focus lens Petzval 55 mm f/1.7 MKII review

   Focal length: 55mm ISO: 160 Aperture: F1.7 Shutter: 1/30s

  Edit summary

   Lomography Petzval 55 mm f/1.7 MKII Bokeh control The mirrorless art lens is a very interesting lens, and the spiral out-of-focus bokeh will give the photos a dreamy feel. Moreover, it is very easy to take pictures with it. Due to its imaging characteristics, it is suitable to use simple and crude center points to compose the picture without complicated composition thinking. Of course, manual focus needs to be adapted, but fortunately, various products are now very good in the convenience and assistance of manual focus. In addition, the body of the lens is also superb, especially the brass version, which is absolutely eye-catching when you take it out to shoot. It is highly recommended for photographers who like to shoot different works.

Super high-value rotary focus lens Petzval 55 mm f/1.7 MKII review

  Lomography Petzval 55 mm f/1.7 MKII

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