We could just let the swirly bokeh of the photo above sweep us away, but alas, we have a new lens to tell you about. It’s Lensbaby’s exciting new Twist 60, and in case the portrait didn’t already clue you in, it’s Lensbaby’s take on the iconic Petzval lens.
Coming in at 60mm with and f/2.5 wide open, the Twist 60 is all about that creamy, swirly, dreamy bokeh offered by its 12 aperture blades.
Modeled after the famed Petzval lens of the 19th century, the manual focus Twist 60 offers photographers a much more affordable way to get that iconic circular bokeh behind their subject. For just $280 (or just $180 if you have the Lensbaby Optic Swap System), you can get capture photos like this:
Compare that to Lomography’s Petzval offering, which will set you back $600 (and is currently on back-order), and you can see where the Twist 60 lens fits into the creative photography market.
The lens comes in Canon EF, Nikon F, and Sony E mounts, and is available for pre-order starting today at the aforementioned prices of $280 for the full lens or $180 for just the optic (which will work with the Lensbaby Optic Swap System). Lensbaby plans to start shipping them out on May 5th.
Image credits: Photographs courtesy of Lensbaby.