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Roussel & Berteau Portrait Petzval 400mm F6

€1200.00 EUR

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History: A very interesting Portrait Petzval lens made by the french makers H. Roussel & L. Berteau and a fine example of the early french opticiens.

What is most fascinating here, that the specs of this special Petzval lens completly match the famous Dallmeyer 4D portrait Petzval. That is rather uncommon at best.

The lens features a focal lenght of 430mm (or 17") and a F6 starting aperture. 

Im not sure yet, whats the story here is, did Dallmeyer copy this french lens, or did the french copy Dallmeyers succesfull formula? I would tend more to the second version. Comparing the lens to the Dallmeyer 4D, i couldnt say the difference between those on the groundglass!

Condition: The condition of this specimen is outstanding and collectors worthy. The brass shows only light wear and an authentic patina. Even more important the glass is super clear here, i cant even hardly see any cleaning amrks here, there is no haze, fungus or any damage.

The lens features a waterhouse slot and even 3 of the original (and quite fancy) waterhouse stops. Something that is almost always missing.

With its 430mm focal lenght it will well cover 8x10 ar even 11x14 wide open, and up to 12x16 slightly stopped down.


Lens comes with the original flange.

height: 20cm
width: 9cm
weight: 1300gr

Insured and tracked shipping cost:

Germany - 10 eur
EU* - 30 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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