Earlier on this year, the Lomography company announced the development of a Petzval lens for Canon and Nikon DSLR cameras. While that one has a super classic look to it, a new Kickstarter wants to aim for those reaching for higher fruit. The Petzvar is a 120mm f3.8 medium format lens that is using the crowd sourcing platform to make the lens come to the mass market. The lens will be designed for medium format cameras (specifically Pentacon P6 mount) but will work with 35mm full frame cameras via an adapter. In a case like this, it might work best with a Sony A7 or A7r unless you get a split image focusing screen.
Like other Petzval lenses, it will be sharp in the center with a swirly effect on the corner. Additionally, this lens will have a very clear, cool, modern look to it. If anything, it looks like something made by Zeiss.
The Kickstarter video is after the jump, but it doesn’t show very much to it. Tech specs and sample images are also after the jump.
For the month of December, we’re partnering up with the Lomography company to give away a special edition of the Konstruktor camera. This version is completely clear: which means that you can’t use it for shooting because of the fact that your film will always be exposed. Instead, this will just be a nice placeholder on a shelf in your room.
When Sakar first presented its Polaroid-branded Android-powered interchangeable lens camera, everyone’s first thought was, “haven’t I seen this somewhere before?” And indeed, it seemed as if the design team responsible for the camera’s styling had simply copied-and-pasted the design of Nikon’s 1 series camera–or, more precisely, the J1 model of that series. As was inevitable, Nikon eventually sued Sakar for copying the J1′s styling in October of this year.
On December 4th now, both parties agreed on an injunction before court, with the effect that Sakar may no longer “manufacture, import, advertise, promote, offer for sale, sell, or ship the Polaroid iM1836 digital camera in its present configuration.” Which, if we’re honest, doesn’t seem to be a huge loss. After all, the camera had little to offer that isn’t already available: a Nikon 1 J1-styled body, interchangeable lens+sensor modules à la Ricoh GXR, and an Android system just like the Samsung Galaxy NX.
Whether or not Sakar will reintroduce the camera with a different styling remains to be seen.
The flagship Samsung NX series camera is a fusion of sorts–and quite an interesting fusion at that. If somehow or another, machines came to life and started a small country of some sort, there would need to be population growth. In order to grow the population, there would need to obviously be intermixing of folks. In this case, a phone and a camera from the same company (or country) would delight in each other’s presence and an interesting child would be conceived. That child (in this case the Samsung Galaxy NX) would be from the womb of the Samsung NX20 and the loins of the Samsung Galaxy S4.
The two parents would do all that they could to provide for this child. They would provide a lens system and try to give them only the best. They would try to ensure that their child had social skills, and they’d even put an emphasis on looking good.
But no matter how hard these parents tried, the child wouldn’t be perfect. And that’s alright: no one is perfect. But some children stand out just a bit more than others.