Darlot ANCme Jamin Cone Centralisateur 300mm F4
One of the finest example for a Jamins Cone Centralisateur Portrait Petzval lenses i ever had in my hands.
History: The Cone Centralisateur lens design (which is a petzval design with a larger back element and a cone shaped rear part to avoid reflections), is absolutely famous and sought after in the late 19th century and even more today. It was the flagship lens for Jamins workshop in the early 1850ies and 1860ies in Paris. It offered better optical quality then most of his rivals, but also a possibility to use it as both, a portrait ('portrait') lens, and also as a landscape lens ('paysage'). Even though its a normal petzval design, you will see a difference to other portrait petzvals from that time. The Cone Centralisateur lenses have this cenrtain 'something' to their image, which is hard to grasp, but many people are looking for.
The engraving reads:
'ANCme Mon JAMIN - DARLOT StOTn Bte - 14 r Chapon Paris - 25075'
That engraving puts the lens in the short time period between 1863 and 1864 just right after Darlot took over the workshop from Jamin.
Condition: This brass beauty comes in a fantastic condition! A very intriguing part, and something that makes this lens more then unique, is the fact that the brass parts where nickel plated. A proccess which was quite expensive and complicated back then and which was used only for the fines lenses (and always raised the cost of those). Overall the brass shows only minimal wear and still an authentic patina, the rack & pinion mechanism seems complete but not really working. The glass is in great condition too, there are a only a few cleaning streaks here and there, and a minimal hint of seperation in the front, both wont affect the image at all.
With its fast open aperture of F4 and a focal
lengh of 300mm (or almost 12"), this lens will work anywhere from 5x7
to 8x10 format (and very likely even 10x12 if you really want to see
alot of petzval
character in your images and some light vignietting).
In landscape mode it will have an estimated focal lenght of 600mm, covering huge ULF formats like 20" x 20" !
The best part about this lens is, it comes complete with the authentic flange.
Insured and tracked shipping cost:
Germany - 20 eur
EU* - 30 eur
Worldwide - 90 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.