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Auzoux & Francais Convertible Petzval 300mm F4

€1200.00 EUR

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Condition: This quite old Petzval layout lens comes from two of the most exclusive french lens making workshops: E. Francais and Auzoux. Those two cooperated for a short period of time (around 1863-65). This fantastic piece of history comes in a very good condition, the brass shows a nice golden glow with only minimal wear. The rack & pinion mechanism seems complete and works nicely. This lens has a waterhouse slot and (no stops) included.

History: E. Francais workshop was very well known for its built and optical quality. He didnt produce many lenses, but the ones he did are outstanding. In fact this piece is a 'Convertible Lens', meaning that it also could easily be transformed from a portrait to a landscape lens! You just need to screw the lens out of the flange, unscrew the rear cell and screw the lens back into the flange with the front cell first (the lenshood offers the fitting threads). Its quite easy and takes about 2 minutes. You can see it also done with a larger piece here (not my concent):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1L6hA6zQDe0


The lens has a focal lenght of 300mm at a speed of F4. It will cover 5x7 and 8x10 with fine petzval characteristic on the ground glass.


Lens comes with a flange.


height: 19cm
width: 10cm
weight: 2000gr



Insured and tracked shipping cost:

Germany - 10 eur
EU* - 30 eur
Worldwide - 70 eur


*(the site offers only 2 shipping variations, DE and worldwide. buyers from EU please either contact me beforehand for a reduced EU cost, or after buying so i can send a refund over the difference)






Importent Note: This item comes from my private collection and is around 100 years old (antique). I try my best to describe all the faults and major damage which are relevant for the function of this item. But the actuall item can show signs of wear and also some cosmetic blemishes/damage which is not described in the auction text! When buying this item the buyer agrees to this terms.

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