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early Portrait Petzval 290mm F3.6

€990.00 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. The first guess would be a french maker (who didnt engrave every lens), but there are also some cluess that this might be rather made by a german maker: the glass lacks any markings (many french makers marked the side of the glass elements with lead pencils), also the barrell design looks more german then french to me. Also the borad rack&pinion mechanism, reminds me more of Voigtländer then any french maker. I doubt that it was Voigtländer though (since they always engraved their lenses), but it might be an Emil Busch or some other small german maker.


Condition: the lens is in very nice and authentic condition. The brass of the lens comes with an authentic and warm patina, it shows somekind of coating, which probably was applied later on, but it seems to protect the brass well, so left it like it is. The rack & pinion is comple and working. The lens was made before the waterhouse era. The glass is mostly in a good condition, it shows a minimal edge seperation in the front and also some light specs and cleaning patches in the rear. Overall it is still quite clear. While testing it showed a sharp center and quite some character towards the edges of the image field.


This lens has about 290mm focal lenght (11.5") and an open aperture of F3.6. It will work best for 5x7 and 8x10 format with a nice petzval character especially at portrait distance.


Lens comes with a fitting flange and a the original brass lenscap.





height: 20cm
width: 9.5cm
weight: 2000gr





Insured and tracked shipping cost:

Germany - 10 eur
EU* - 25 eur
Worldwide - 70 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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