early Vallantin Petzval 300mm F3.75
Vallantin lenses are rarelly seen on the market, considering his well known optical and built quality, this early lens is a great piece for a collection or also an authentic early wetplate setup.
The lens is engraved on the outer barrell with:
'Calixte Arnal - Paris'
I didnt find any info on that name (its definetly not the maker), i would suspect that this was a photo atelier which ordered the lens for their work and had their name engraved on it. That happened quite often with early french makers. The glass on the other hand bears the true signature here, which reads 'Vallantin'.
Condition: The lens is in very nice and authentic condition. The brass of the lens comes with an authentic and warm patina, showing only minimal wear. It is a very early lens, from the 1850s or early 1860s and doesnt have a waterhouse slot. The glass is in really really nice condition, considering its age. Minor cleaning marks, and dust specs. All in all i tested this baby on the ground glass and the image was very nice with and tack sharp in the center.
has about 300mm focal lenght (12") and an open aperture of
F3.8. It will cover 5x7 and 8x10 format with a nice petzval character especially at portrait distance.
Lens comes with the original flange.
Insured and tracked shipping cost:
Germany - 10 eur
EU* - 30 eur
Worldwide - 80 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.