LensRentals tests Lomography’s Petzval lens

It was good for about 60 years until the Tessar was introduced. That was >100 years ago.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tessar_Lens

N.B. I am not against old things per se as I am quite an antique myself, and, last time I used film, it was processed in Rodinal, a developer about as old as the Petzval design. I can’t understand how this design was, in any way, “ahead of its time.” It seems to have been right on its time.

It was dreamed up, kisckstarted, designed and produced by a company which has described its products as toys.

I would like to play with this lens, but I would not use it regularly for a subject or event that was important to me.

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