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Gasc & Charconnet Petzval 200mm F3.3

€700.00 EUR

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History: This absolute nice piece of photographic history comes from the early 1860-70ies. The lens is engraved with:

'Quick Acting - G&C - Portrait Lens Patent - Gasc & CharconnetParis'

The Serial number is 14.325. G&C was a highly respected manufacturer who was founded just in the begining of the photographic era in 1860ies, and which made high quality lenses that were also exported to the US in later years. The Quick Acting series was the fastest series of portait petzvals that they offered at that time.


Condition: The brass looks really nice and authentic here, there is some wear here and there but also a fantastic and preserved patina. The rack & pinion mechanism is complete and working. The lens comes with a waterhouse slot and no stops are included. The glass is mostly clean and shows only a minor 1cm long mark at the edge of the front achromat, that will not affect image quality at all. There is no haze, fungus or anything that would diminish the optical qualities (only the usuall cleaning marks).

The lens has a focal lenght of 200mm at a speed of F3.3. It will cover 4x5 and even 5x7 format at portrait distance with distinct petzval characteristic on the ground glass.


Lens comes with a flange and is ready to shoot!



height: 14cm
width: 8cm
weight: 1000gr




Insured and tracked shipping cost:

Germany - 10 eur
EU* - 20 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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