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Holmes Booth & Haydens Petzval 320mm F4

€1400.00 EUR

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History: Very early made portrait petzval lens made by one of the best and earliest american lens workshops: Holmes, Booth & Haydens. HB&H was founded in early 1853 in Waterbury, Conneticut, and quickly became a well known and respected makers of photographic lenses and cameras. This specimen is engraved with:

'No. 10012 - Holmes, Booth & Haydens - New York'

The serial number puts the lens back to the 1860ies!



Condition: the brass looks very nice here, showing only minimal amount of werar. The rack & pinion is complete, but works rather jumpy. The glass condition is really good, there are minitiny edge chips on the front achromat, which definetly wont have any impact at all, besides that its clear and has no fungus or haze. 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 320mm focal lenght (12.6") and an open aperture of F4. It will cover 5x7 and also 8x10 format with a nice petzval character especially at portrait distance.


A really interesting piece of history, which you rarely see outside of the US (though even there HB&H lenses are rather scarce).


height: 22cm
width: 10cm
weight: 2.500gr




Insured and tracked shipping cost:

Germany - 20 eur
EU* - 35 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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