Lomography.com – Petzval 85 Art
Matthew Osborne Photography/ @MrLeicaCom
Petzval 85 Art Lens – Nikon F Mount
The lovely people at Lomography.com kindly got in touch and lent me their Nikon mount brass Petzval 85 Art lens to try. Below is a link describing how I got on and here are some example images with Sophie and Charlotte (also included in link). All photos taken with my old Nikon D800.
..I have to say, the Petzval 85 Art makes Nikon D800 photos interesting so it’s good! (I say that as I struggled to get excited with my Nikon D800 photos on the whole hence my move to film and Leicas).
Petzval 85 Art
Lomography.com Magazine – MrLeica.com
Petzval 85 vs. Other Nikon Mount Fast Lenses
When using the Petzval 85 lens it reminded me of the overly soft photos captured from my Nikkor 50mm f1.2 Ai-s lens when shooting at f1.2. Here are a few examples as a comparison. I think the Petzval 85 is sharper wide open at f2.2 and has ‘better’ bokeh (meaning more character).
Nikkor 50mm f1.2 Ai-s
I then thought perhaps the Samyang 85mm f1.4 would be more comparable so here are a few samples. The Samyang 85 is pretty sharp wide open at f1.4 and a great lens but I think again the Petzval 85 lens bokeh has more character.
Samyang 85mm f1.4
Petzval 85 vs. Leica M Fast Lenses
Finally, as a Leica photographer it seems only right to include a few example photos with fast Leica lenses that are also soft(ish) focus shot wide open. The obvious lenses that spring to mind that I own are the Leica Noctilux 50mm f1 and Leica Summarit 50mm f1.5.