Hero Of The Empire
Empires are funny things. We all know there was a Roman Empire and a British Empire and a Russian Empire...but no-one I know outside of the asylum uses an Italian, English, or Russian DSLR. I'm sure this must be something to do with philosophy or politics. The Japanese, Chinese, and German Empires also vanished and we shoot with Canons, Nikons, and Fujis. And Panasonics, Leicas, and Olympii.
How'd that happen? I mean Harris, Eaker, and LeMay cleaned out a lot of the old manufacturing structures as well as a lot of the old workers...but then so did Joe Stalin and Mao in their own factories and look at the difference between the fate of Lomo and Nikon...
Well, whatever, it looks as though the Russians are going to reenter the dining room with a world-beating state of the art iconic award-winning 1840 lens. According to a report in DP Review today they are casting about for venture capitalists - or adventurous photographers - to give them start-up money to produce brass-mounted versions of the Petzval portrait lenses of the 19th century tat will fit onto Nikon and Canon full-frame DSLR cameras.
Skootch on over to DP Review today and press the video button to see their presentation. I was impressed with it but then remember that this is a group in Krasnogorsk that wants you to send them money in case something will be produced...
I hope they succeed - if it becomes a marketable product and they are prepared to send it out over the Lomo distribution network, I will buy one for Steampunk photography. It is as quirky a product as you will ever see in this business.
No. I'll amend that. Once it is produced there will be an oriental copy of it with Hello Kitty on the outside. THAT will be quirky.