Petzval Lenses

Petzval 85mm and 58mm lenses are two focal lengths available presently and both of them are characterized by their immensely swirly bokeh, strong field curvature, and sharp central focus. For lomography lovers and for photographers who long for something different, these happen to be a very attractive lenses.

Petzval - Brass and Black

(Petzval 85mm f/2.2 lenses, in golden and black colors)

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50mm lens for Nikon

Nifty fifty sat on a wall, Nifty fifty had a great fall and all the king’s horses and all the king’s men couldn’t put fifty together again.

You guessed it right. My trusted 50mm Nikkor fell down from a great height and broke beyond repairs. I was in the market for a new 50mm lens. With budget not a major constraint, I went all out and did a in-depth research on the various options available. There were a handful of lenses which had great reviews all around and were easily available for my camera. Some of them had very poor reviews or were not upto the mark. I did not even give them a second thought. After some research and asking around, I was limited to deciding between these models –

Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 G
Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 G (Special Edition)
Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 D
Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 G
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
Nikon 55mm f/2.8 micro AI-s
Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 ZF.2 Planar
Voigtlander Nokton 50mm f/1.1
Voigtlander 58mm f/1.4 SL-II N AIS

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Nikkor 200 mm f/4 AI

Nikkor 200 mm f/4 AI is a great lens in a small form factor. It is sharp and very well built lens that was introduced in 1977 when Nikon came up with the concept of AI. 200mm occupies is a sweet spot in the variety of focal lengths available. It is not too short as 105 or 135mm lenses. The close-ups of faces look more pleasing due to the change in perspective by using a 200mm lens. The lens is also not as long and heavy as 300mm Nikkors which can be quite uncomfortable for hand-held use.

Flower

(Nikon Df with Nikkor 200mm f/4 AI at f/11, 1/100 sec)

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