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early british Portrait Petzval 290mm F3.5

€990.00 Sold Out

History: A very interesting Portrait Petzval for the 5x7 and 8x10 format. The lens was very likely made by an early british maker in the 18950-60ies. Many makers, especially the smaller ones didnt engrave their lenses back then. Usually the ones youll find were made by french makers, but this looks not like G&C or Darlot, the barrell and the lenshood rather remind me of Shepherd, or Clifford two of the early british makers.

Condition: The lens is in a good and authentic condition. The brass comes with a golden patina (which is typical for british makers), showing some amount of wear. The rack & pinion is complete and moving. The glass is in very good condition overall, there are really only the feintest cleaning marks here and there, but otherwise the glass is clear and throws a fantastic image on the ground glass.


This lens has about 290mm focal lenght (1 1/2") and an open aperture of F3.5. It will cover 5x7 and 8x10 format with a nice petzval character especially at portrait distance.


Lens comes with a fitting flange.





height: 19cm
width:11cm
weight: 1700gr





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.

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