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H. Martin Paris portrait Petzval 150mm F4

€380.00 EUR

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History: A small portrait petzval lens made by a french (or maybe british?) maker. The engraving has two parts, the first reads:

'H. Martin - Constructeur - Paris'

while there is also an engraving on the other side of the waterhouse slot, which reads:

'4900 - London'


It seems that Hippolyte Martin was a french camera maker in the early Paris. There is not much info about him that can be found, besides that he worked from the late 1860ies in Paris. Like many camera makers he didnt make the complex lenses himself, but rather used rebranded ones from different makers. Since this lens is also engraved with London 4900 it is safe to assume that he imported that lens from one of the early british makers of that time. Looking at the rack & pinion / lenshood and other components, i would say that the maker was probably Clifford, or J. Elliot in London.

In any case it remains a wonderfull historic petzval lens that was made for photography and not for projection.

The focal lenght is about 150mm and the open aperture is around F4. It covers 4x5 with a destinctive petzval character in the outer region (especially in the larger format).


Condition: This brass beauty comes in a goodcondition. The brass looks nice and shows only minor wear and a nice protective laquere. The rack & pinion mechanism is complete and mostly is working (sometimes it needs a light push though). The glass is in ok condition, especially the front has quite some cleaning marks and scuffs, but that wont affect image quality at all. Besides that there is no haze, fungus or seperation.


It comes with a fitting flange.



height: 9cm
width: 5.5cm
weight: 330gr




Insured and tracked shipping cost:

Germany - 10 eur
EU* - 20 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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