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A. Laverne Pris Portrait Petzval 280mm F3.5

€1200.00 EUR

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History: A fine example of an early made french Portrait Petzval lens made by A. Laverne in Paris. The lens was made for export into the US and sold by Godman Co. in Boston. It is also engraved with the Serial No. 60, which makes it quite an early one. Laverne was an early entepreneur which worked together with well known opticients like Gasc & Charconnet and Clement in Gilmer beginning in the 1860s.

Condition: The lens is in very nice condition. The brass of the lens comes with a golden laquere, showing some signs of wear but also a nice patina. The rack & pinion mechanism is complete and mostly working. The glass on the other hand is in a really good condition, i cant hardly spot any cleaning marks on this one.

The most important part here is that the lens offers a similar dimensions and specs as the famous Dallmeyer 3B lens. I also compared the center sharpness and this lens shows a well defined sharpness even wide open and a nice and distinct bokeh in the background.

This lens has about 280mm focal lenght (11") and an open aperture of F3.5. It will barely cover 8x10 with a nice petzval character especially at portrait distance.

Lens comes with a fitting flange.

height: 17cm
width: 10cm
weight: 1900gr

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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