Lomography has announced its newest product, the Petzval portrait lens. Designed for Canon and Nikon SLR cameras, this 85mm f/2.2 lens has an angle of view of 30 degrees, close-focus distance of 1m, a 67mm filter thread, multi-coated lens elements – and a totally unique bokeh that is said to be “impossible to reproduce with any filters or computer programs”. The recreation of the original Petzval lens – which was invented in 1840 by the Hungarian engineer and mathematician József Petzvál – is funded through a Kickstarter project. Those who donate $300 or more Continue reading
A modest beginning in a small room
In 1933, a small laboratory dedicated to making high-quality cameras was set up in a simple apartment room in the Roppongi area of Tokyo. At the time, all high-quality cameras were European with the majority coming from Germany.
It was in this small room that young people with a big dream earnestly began their work on producing a high-quality Japanese camera, marking the beginning of Canon. Continue reading