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early french Portrait Petzval 330mm F4.2

€1100.00 EUR

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History: A very interesting Portrait petzval for the 8x10 format. As with many early french lenses it doesnt feature an engraving on the barrel. There was a writing on the glass (as found often with early french makers), but i cant really make out a maker there, since most of the wriging was cleaned away at some point.


It reminds me of Vallantins lenses, but its hard to proof that historical.


Condition: the lens is in very nice and authentic condition. The brass of the lens comes with an authentic and warm patina, showing only minimal wear. The rack & pinion is comple and working. The lens was made before the waterhouse era, but it was retrofitted with a waterhouse slot (maybe thats when the engraving was lost). The glass is mostly in a good condition, it shows only very light cleaning marks, and there are also some minor edge chips in the rear, but overall it is very clear and doesnt show any signs of seperation, haze or fungus. All in all i tested this baby on the ground glass and the image was very nice with a very sharp center. 


This lens has about 330mm focal lenght (13") and an open aperture of F4.2 It will cover 5x7 and 8x10 format with a nice petzval character especially at portrait distance.


Lens comes with a fitting flange and a fitting waterhouse stop (F8).





height: 20cm
width: 9.5cm
weight: 1650gr





Insured and tracked shipping cost:

Germany - 10 eur
EU* - 30 eur
Worldwide - 75 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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