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early Derogy Portrait Petzval 330mm F4

€1400.00 Sold Out

Important Note: I will be restoring/relocating my workshop in the next couple of weeks. I will leave the webshop online and you can still buy the items that are beeing offered there. Yet i wont be able to ship any item before September the 20th 2020!

Please consider that, when you buy the item.



History: A very interesting Portrait petzval from the very early days of wet plate photography. The lens is engraved with:

'Derogy Optien - Succ de Wallet - Quai de l'horloge, 33 - Paris'


Wallet was a very successfull lens manufacturer, which made lenses for reading glasses and telescopes, even before the photographic era. Wallet and Derogy (his son in law) provided the glass to Chevallier, who made the first photographic lenses for Daguerre in the very dawn of the photographic process. In 1851 Derogy took over Wallets buisness complely and expanded to Quai de l'horloge, 33 in Paris. It is this time where this lens must have been made and sold. There are known lenses from the year 1854 which already lack the 'Succ de Wallet' in their engraving, therefor this lens must have been made between 1851 and 1854. A stunning piece of history which was probably one of the first lenses used for the back then 'new' wet plate proccess.


Condition: The lens is in very nice condition, showing only minimal wear to the housing. The rack & pinion is complete and working, though a bit jumpy sometimes. The glass is in a good condition. There are some minimal edge chips to the front element, and a spec the size of an air bubble in one of the rear elements, it also features a couple of cleaning marks here and there, yet its clear for the most part and shows a nice sharp image on the ground glass.


This lens has about 330mm focal lenght (13") and an open aperture of about F4. It will cover 5x7 and 8x10 format with a nice petzval character especially at portrait distance.


Lens comes with a fitting flange.





height: 20cm
width: 9.5cm
weight: 1600gr





Insured and tracked shipping cost:

Germany - 20 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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