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Garrett in Arizona ADMIN April 7, 2014
Please only post PHOTOS TAKEN with PETZVALS! No other lenses allowed!

Thanks to all who have joined and posted these wonderful Petzval photographs! This type of lens is becoming very popular, and it's versatility is evident when you review these pictures.

We now have excellent Petzval examples in Daguerreotype, Collodion, Film, and even Infrared. Thanks to all and keep shooting.

Group Description

This is a place to post your pictures taken with a petzval lens. Petzvals are enjoying a renaissance among photographers who appreciate this early lens’s qualities: Very sharp center, rapid focus falloff towards the edges, and often a swirled bokeh.

Makers range from Voigtlander and Darlot in the 1850s, through Wollensak in the 1920s. Many magic lantern (early projector) lenses are also petzvals.

Post anything you have taken with a petzval: wetplate, black and white, or color. .

Group Rules

Welcome! This group is ONLY for photos taken by Petzval Lenses. We hope to see yours! Most Petzval lenses are used on Large Format, film or wetplate.

However these rules apply:

1. No photos taken with any other lens type. It must be a Petzval type.
2. Please Tag or List what type of lens was used. We'd like to know!
3. While the Lomo lens is close to being a Petzval, and is allowed, please do not overload the group with digital Lomo shots.


Additional Info

  • This group will count toward the photo's limit (60 for Pro members, 30 for free members)
  • Members can post 2 things to the pool each day.
  • Accepted content types: Photos, Images, Art, Screenshots
  • Accepted safety levels: Safe
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