New Kickstarter Aims to Create the Petzvar 120mm f3.8 Medium Format Petzval Lens


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.


Tech Specs

  • Max. Aperture:                        f= 1:3.8
    Effective focal length:            120 mm
    Image Circle of coverage:      80 mm
    Lens mount:                           Pentacon Six (P6) bayonet
    Filter thread:                          72 mm  (M72 x 0.75)
    Closest focusing distance:     85 cm
    Electronic CPU:                      No ( fully manual)
    Max. body diameter:               80 mm
    Length (collapsed):                106 mm
    Length (extended):                 126 mm
    Weight:                                    560 g

Sample Images






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