Lomography Petzval 55mm f/1.7 MKII review

Taking inspiration from vintage lenses, the Lomography Petzval 55mm f/1.7 MKII gives dreamy bokeh

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Digital Camera World Verdict

The Lomography Petzval 55mm f/1.4 MKII is a fantastically creative lens that provides plenty of opportunity to experiment with your photography. With a Dual Aperture System and a bokeh control ring, this lens helps take your portraits to the next level. Despite some compositional limitations, due to softness outside of the centre of the lens at wide apertures, we can see this being a great secret weapon in the kitbag of any portrait photographer.


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    Super swirly bokeh

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    Sturdy, reliable build

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    Creative portrait lens


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    Limited compositional freedom

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    Soft at super wide apertures

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    Fairly niche product

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With all the personality of vintage lenses, and delivering exactly the kind of quirks we've come to expect from a piece of Lomo glass, the Lomography Petzval 55mm f/1.7 MKII is pitching itself squarely at mirrorless portrait photographers. Built for Sony E, Canon RF and Nikon Z mounts, this is the first Petzval lens designed exclusively for full frame mirrorless cameras.

Inspired by Joseph Petzval, the inventor of the first portrait lens and widely considered to be one of the founding fathers of modern photography, the Petzval 55mm f/1.7 joins the intriguing list of 'arty' Lomo lenses and features a new bokeh control ring that allows you to change the quality of the bokeh. The higher the control ring number, the dreamier the bokeh. The lower the number, the sharper it appears. 

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Louise Carey

With over a decade of photographic experience, Louise arms Digital Camera World with a wealth of knowledge on photographic technique and know-how – something at which she is so adept that she's delivered workshops for the likes of ITV and Sue Ryder. Louise also brings years of experience as both a web and print journalist, having served as features editor for Practical Photography magazine and contributing photography tutorials and camera analysis to titles including Digital Camera Magazine and  Digital Photographer. Louise currently shoots with the Fujifilm X-T200 and the Nikon D800, capturing self-portraits and still life images, and is DCW's ecommerce editor, meaning that she knows good camera, lens and laptop deals when she sees them.