(Derogy) Wide Angle 300mm F16
History: The lens is engraved with 'The London Stereoscopic CO Ltd', but they never made lenses of their own, as with many wholesale companies, they bought lenses from another maker and engraved them with their name. Especially french manufacturers did offer such lenses. This specimen was actually built by Derogy in Paris and sold for beeing renamed. I already had two of those Derogy wide angle lenses, and this one is quite identical, even including the rotating aperture wheel.
The Derogy workshop itself was founded 1820 in the North of Paris. Derogy meniscus lenses for reading glasses were well known and highly regarded even before the Daguerrotype and Ambrotype process were invented. The company made their first photographic lenses as early as 1851. As withe the meniscus lenses the photographic lenses became known for the optical and build quality.The 'Grandangulaire' features a similar layout as Dallmeyers Wide Angle Rectilinear. The lens offers a very wide angle and thus a very large image circle, making it one of the very few large wide angle lenses that remained.
Lens comes with a rotating aperture, which works fine. The lens was listed for 11x13 formats, but actually the image circle is large enaugh to cover formats of 30cm x 40cm (or 12x15).
A very impressive piece of equipment, and a formidable wide angle landscape lens, which hopefully will do some fantastic landscape art soon!
This impressive piece of brass and glass still looks astonishing today. The brass is very good here, there is minimal to no wear, and it shows its authentic golden patina. The glass is a great condition also, beeing clear and without any haze or fungus.
The lens comes with a fitting flange.
Insured and tracked shipping cost:
Germany - 10 eur
EU* - 30 eur
Worldwide - 70eur
*(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.