Back to Store

Clifford 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 made by one of the earliest british lens makers: C.E. Clifford, who had his company located in London, and produced lenses and cameras from 1850 up to 1865. Only few of his lenses suirvived to this day, this is the largest one i have seen so far.



Condition: The lens is in very good and authentic condition. The brass comes with a golden patina (which is typical for british makers), showing only minimal wear. The rack & pinion is complete but not really moving. The glass is in an good condition overall, there are some cleaning marks here and there, but otherwise the glass is clear and throws a fantastic image on the ground glass. It is quite interesting to note, that the barell itself has quite some similarities with Dallmeyers and Shepherds lenses.


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 - 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.

Copyright © All rights reserved.
Using Format