We've previously reported on Lomography's attempt to crowd-source funding to bring the centuries-old Petzval lens back into production via Kickstarter and it seems like they've done well, raising more than $1 million, which is more then ten times their original target of $100,000.

The 'New Petzval' lenses look and function much like the originals with a brass exterior, and the aim is to produce it in both Canon EF- and Nikon F- mounts. The lens is expected to be available next spring. 

With brass lens barrels and hoods, Lomography's New Petzval lens will be sold for Canon and Nikon SLRs.

Why bring back the Petzval? Lomography is promoting the way the swirled bokeh it creates draws focus to the center of the frame, the only part of the image in sharp focus. Petzval lenses of yore were notable for having the widest apertures available at the time, speeding up the amount of time required to create a Daguerrotype from 10 minutes to 30 seconds.

A cynic's view might be that Lomography is trying to push the rejection of 173 years of lens development and improvement as a creative choice, rather than marketing-driven ludditism.

The New Petzval lenses incorporate some modern design updates, starting with a larger f/2.2 maximum aperture. The aperture can be changed using the included set of diaphragms (known as Waterhouse stops) to achieve different stops. Zenit, a lens producer based in Russia, has partnered with Lomography to produce the lenses.

The New Petzvals are planned to launch at $499. The campaign continues, and if you contribute to Lomography's Kickstarter a new-old Petzval can be yours for a mere $300 pledge when they start shipping. 

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