petzvalFor photography enthusiasts, Lomo is a company you’ve probably heard of. For those unfamiliar, the company has been responsible these days for creating plastic cameras that produce lo-fi photos that sport interesting effects and colors, and are great for novelty photos and photos that are a bit more interesting to look at. Well it looks like while other camera companies are heading towards the future and producing more hi-tech camera gear, Lomo will be taking a step back, a step back to 1840, a good 170-odd years, and start producing the Petzval lens wh ich was invented in Russia more than a century ago.

One of the highlights of the camera would be its design, which as you can see in the image above, certainly does not conform to today’s designs. It will also be made from brass and focusing with the lens will require you to turn a knob of the side as opposed to a ring on the barrel. In fact the whole affair is pretty old school and seems somewhat troublesome, where photographers are required to swap between rings to change the aperture. The lenses will play nice with Canon and Nikon bodies and if you’d like to learn more, or maybe place your pre-order, hit up its Kickstarter campaign for the details!

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