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Shepherd Portrait Petzval 220mm F3.8

€650.00 Sold Out

History: A very interesting Portrait Petzval for the 5x7 and fullplate format. The lens was made by the early british maker C. Shepherd in London. Since its still engraved with C. Shepherd and not Shepherd & Co it must have been made before 1859. The waterhouse slot seems to have been retrofitted, so it might even be from the very early 1850ies. A fantastic piece of british lensmakers history!


Condition: The lens is in a good and authentic condition. The brass comes with a golden patina and a very large lenshood (which is a trademark of Shepherd lenses), showing some amount of wear. The rack & pinion is complete and moving. The glass is in good condition overall, there are some cleaning marks here and there,and a chip in the edge of the rear glass, but otherwise the glass is clear and throws a fantastic image on the ground glass.


This lens has about 220mm focal lenght (8") and an open aperture of F3.8. It will cover 5x7 format with a nice petzval character especially at portrait distance.



Lens comes with a flange that is not native to the lens, but holds it very well.





height: 18cm
width: 7.5cm
weight: 1100gr





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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