Lomography isn’t the only company anymore trying to get into the Petzval world; because today Lensbaby is announcing their new Twist 60 lens. This lens is inspired by the original Petzval lenses and is designed for full frame cameras.
The Twist 60 is a 60mm f2.5 lens with gold anodized accents. Like other Petzval designs, it has swirly bokeh and the wider the aperture, the wider the bokeh will be. It’s also got 12 aperture blades (which is insane) 4 elements in three groups, a 45mm filter thread, and can focus as closely as 18 inches.
According to the press release, the Twist 60 lens retails for $279.95 and is available via pre-order beginning April 12, 2016 (shipping May 5th, 2016). Twist 60 Optic will also be sold separately for use with other Lensbaby Optic Swap System-compatible lenses. It retails for $179.95 and comes in Sony E mount, Nikon F mount and Canon EF mount.
creates powerful portraits, spotlighting subjects by freeing them from their background and surrounding them with swirly blur and enhanced vignette. The brighter the aperture, the greater the swirl and the greater the vignette.
Sample photos are after the jump.