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MS Histrio-Petzval 57/2 F-MC


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Third lens of the MS Optical Historical Series Collection: small format version of the 1840s design by Petzval at Voigtländer Wien/Braunschweig. With a maximum aperture of f3.6, it was 20 times brighter than the other contemporary lenses. This was an essential improvement for portraiture. often requiring minute-long exposures. Wide open, it suffers from field curvature and uncorrected astigmatism, resulting in pleasantly soft, dreamy images with good sharpness at the center, making it attractive for portrait work. This lens does not have a pronounced "swirly bokeh" effect like other Petzval lenses, but a much more neutral rendering with natural colours. Initial lot of lenses, designed, manufactured and hand-assembled in Japan by Mr Sadayasu Miyazaki.

Key features:

  • Enhanced Petzval design, 4 elements in 4 groups
  • Focal length 57.3 mm, max. aperture f2.05
  • All eight surfaces multicoated, 97.5% light transmission
  • Filter and hood thread size 40.5 mm
  • Size: diameter 37mm, length 37mm, weight 110g
  • Minimum focus distance 1m on Leica M, on mirrorless cameras ~0.8m
  • Initial lot of lenses, designed, manufactured and hand-assembled in Japan by Mr Sadayasu Miyazaki
  • Native Leica M mount, area for 6-bit coding

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Includes lens, lens hood and caps.

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