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Lensbaby Twist 60 bends your background

The company's newest reproduces the out-of-focus characteristics of a 19th-century Petzval lens.


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The Twist 60 has a conventional Lensbaby design.


The barons of bokeh look to the past for their latest lens, the Lensbaby Twist 60. It reproduces the idiosyncratic characteristics of the Petzval lens, which renders out-of-focus areas with a lot of curvature. Unlike the other resurrection of the Petzval lens from Lomography, Lensbaby's has a more conventional design (for them, at least), and just tries to reproduce the look rather than the feel. It's also a lot cheaper.

As the name denotes, the Twist 60 has a 60mm focal length, with a 12-bladed aperture that ranges from f2.5-f22 and a minimum focus distance of 18 inches/45.7 cm. Lensbaby plans to offer it in full-frame Canon, Nikon and Sony E mounts. Preorders start next week, and the lens is expected to ship the first week of May for $180 without a Lensbaby mount (directly converted, £126 and AU$240) or $280 with a mount (£197, AU$370).