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Lensbaby Unveils the Burnside 35, the First Wide-Angle Petzval Lens


Lensbaby has announced the new Burnside 35, a creative 35mm f/2.8 lens that’s the first-ever wide-angle adaptation of the Petzval lens design.

Photos captured with the Burnside 35 have a bright central area of sharp focus and “striking” color rendition. This area is surrounded by a region of swirling bokeh and vignetting, which is variable and controlled by the photographer.

An effect slider on the lens operates as a second internal 8-blade iris, changing the shape and intensity of the swirl in the bokeh while controlling the brightness of the center and vignetting on the edges.

“You can toggle the gold-anodized effect slider on the barrel of the lens to create variable balance and harmony between center brightness, bokeh and vignette,” Lensbaby says. “The effect slider features a four-stop range of vignette and bokeh enhancement so you can dial in the exact look that appeals to you.”

Other specs and features of the Burnside 35 include a 6-blade main aperture, a minimum focusing distance of 6 inches (~15cm), a 62mm filter thread, manual focusing, a weight of 13.2oz (~374g), and 6 multi-coated glass elements in 4 groups.

Here are some sample photos captured with the Burnside 35 that show the effect:

Photo by Ryad Guelmaoui
Photo by Andy Hoare
Photo by Caroline Jensen
Photo by Joe Porter
Photo by Louise Zabriskie
Photo by Nic Muller
Photo by Ryad Guelmaoui
Photo by Ryad Guelmaoui

Lensbaby started its history with plastic, tilting, selective-focus lenses, but in recent years the company has been branching out into all-metal, non-tilting lenses (such as the Velvet 56mm f/1.6 and Velvet 85mm f/1.8.

The Burnside 35 is now available for Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony A, Pentax K, Micro 4/3, Sony E, Fuji X and Samsung NX and costs $500 on Lensbaby’s website and through authorized retailers such as B&H.