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early French Portrait Petzval 300mm F3.8

€1100.00 EUR

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History: A very nice and quite eraly petzval lens with the proper focal lenght for 8x10 portraits. As with many early french lenses it doesnt feature an makers engraving on the barrel, and the writing on the glass element is almost gone and unreadable. Judging by the barrel design i would say it was a high quality maker, probably E. Francaise, or Vallantin.


Condition: the lens is in very nice and authentic condition. The brass of the lens comes with an authentic and warm patina, showing only minor wear. The rack & pinion is comple and working smoothly. The lens features a waterhouse slot (no stops included). The glass is mostly in a good condition, it shows some cleaning marks, and minor fogging in the rear. A brief test on the ground glass showed a very sharp center, with a nice falloff including some character in the out of focus region.


This lens has about 300mm focal lenght (12") and an open aperture of F3.8. 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 - 10 eur
EU* - 30 eur
Worldwide - 90 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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