You gotta see this. Note the start date of the funding period. Zowie.
(Thanks to Oren Grad)
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Josef: "Less than 24 hours and it's already pushing $400,000 (as of 6 p.m. Central Time).
"I thought it was a pretty cool idea. Seems like a lot of other people thought so, too. I bought one for myself this morning. It just happens to come along right when I am diving into a photo history book for the first time in a few years and find myself fascinated by some of the mid-19th century imagery."
Jim: "Oh, great. In a few months we'll see a billion photos on FB and Flickr shot with this thing. 'Art,' they'll call it."
Mike replies: Well, they might call some of it that. But you know, this might mark the first time we actually were able to see a visual fad coming before it arrived! Except insofar as Petzval Swirl is already a fad. We've written about it here on TOP, even.
Greg Roberts: "I saw that earlier today and was quite tempted, but in looking at the example photos taken with the first prototype lens I don't see the swirls I expect to see. I hope they are successful and get it right. In their examples they include images taken with a 5D with both an old Petzval and with the prototype lens, and to my eye they are not at all similar:
"I think they should have made a second prototype before launching their Kickstarter. I for one would have been a lot more tempted to join in if the examples were better. In any case, items like this put a smile on my face, and inspire me to be creative."
bill: "Maybe if they could get it to produce the Petzval look. Sorry, this is pretty lame to invest in right now. I would rather pay full price than get a discount on the hope they can pull it off. But good luck."
Wjcstp: "I love stuff like this, and given that even at their current nearly $600,000 they haven't sold much more than 1,000 lenses, it's unlikely the world will be saturated with Petzval photos. Unless Instagram emulates a filter for it, of course. It's too bad one of the stretch goals wasn't a nice-looking brass adapter for Micro 4/3 cameras. I'd hate to put such a nice lens on my nice Olympus Pen with an ugly, chunky adapter in the middle."
Michael Perini: "The LENS DADDY."