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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 comes without an engraving, but judging from the design and measurments of the barrell, i would place the lens with the early british makers, very likely Shepherd or Burr. I also would date the lens in the late 1860ies, early 1870ies.


Condition: The lens is in very good and authentic condition. The brass of the lens comes with a golden almost orange patina (which is typical for british makers), showing only minimal wear. The rack & pinion is complete and working. The glass is in an ok condition overall, there are quite some cleaning marks and a some edge tiny chips in the rear, 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: 9.5cm
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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