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Gasc & Charconnet Portrait Petzval 260mm F4

€1200.00 Sold Out

A very elusive and rare form of a portrait petzval lens, the Series II is rarely seen on the market today.

The Gasc & Charconnet petzval lenses are well known and respected all over the globe, back then and also still today. Still there is this very early Series II portrait petzvals that were manufactured only in a small number (also because of they were more expensive and a high end product). Only few suirvived of those made and this is only the second one that i ever found in six years.

The part that makes the lens so iconic is the tray like washer house stop insert, which can be moved out of the lens and back again, and was also called "à soupape". In the pre waterohouse era, you had to unscrew the lens in the center, to be able to change the aperture with a washerhouse stop. This method safed time and had other advantages and was produced up untill 1862.

Condition: This brass beauty comes in a great condition! The brass shows only light wear and still a warm patina. The glass is in a good condition mostly, there are some cleaning marks here and there, which wont affect the image quality. The lens shows now haze or fungus and performs very sharp on the groundglass. As it can be seen in the pictures the washed stop tray opens and closes as it did nearly 170 years ago. A wonderfull piece of photographic history that shows that there were more concepts of stoping down a lens, even though the waterhouse slot did win the race in the end.

With its fast open aperture of F4 and a focal lengh of 260mm (or almost 10"), this lens will work anywhere from 5x7 to fullplate formats.

It comes with a fix attached flange.

height: 18cm
width: 8cm
weight: 1200gr

Insured and tracked shipping cost:

Germany - 20 eur
EU* - 30 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)

** the high cost is due the high insurance value

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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