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Jamin Paris Petzval 150mm F3.8

€450.00 EUR

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History: This absolute nice piece of photographic history comes from the late 1850ies or early 1860ies just when Jamin was at the height of this work. The lens is not engraved on the main sleeve, but that is not unusually for early french lenses. But you can find two of the lenses signed with lead with: 'JAMIN PARIS'. Jamin was a highly respected manufacturer who was there from the begining of the photographic era untill the early 1860ies.



Condition: The brass looks really nice and authentic here, there is only light wear (it is unpolished). The rack & pinion mechanism is complete and amazingly still working. The lens predates the waterhouse stop (which was patented in 1858).


The most important thing: the glass is amazingly clean, and shows only very minimal cleaning marks (if any at all!). There is no haze, fungus or anything that would diminish the optical qualitiy.

The lens has a focal lenght of 150mm at a speed of F3.8. It will work best for the 4x5 and smaller formats, showing the distinct petzval characteristic on the ground glass.


Lens comes with a flange and even the original leather lenscap!



height: 11cm
width: 5.5cm
weight: 450gr




Insured and tracked shipping cost:

Germany - 10 eur
EU* - 20 eur
Worldwide - 50 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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