SOM Berthiot EIdoscope 375mm F4.5 Soft Focus
History: A beauty with a famous name: the Eidoscope which was first produced by Hermagis and later by Berthiot Som Paris. This lens was the tool for professional photographers around the world around late 19th and early 20th century. The Eidoscope is famous for its pleasing soft focus imaging wide open. As the french ads read at that time: "l'Eidoscope ne photographie pas, il dessine!" (It doesnt take images, it draws them!).
Condition: This black beauty comes in a nice condition. Mostly you will find the aluminium version with very bad laquere. The laquere here shows only minimal wear, and will protect the metall unbeneath for the decades to come. The aperture is also known to break or missing, but here it comes well working and complete. The glass is in superb condition! I cant even hardly spot any cleaning marks here.
With a focal lenght of 375mm it offers a very nice lenght for portraits in 8x10 and 10x12format. It comes with perfect clear glass, the aperture moves supersmooth and a fitting flange.
It comes with the original flange and is ready to shoot!
Shipping withint EU is less expensive then the international shipping quoted here. If youre withing EU, please contact me about the actuall shipping cost.
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.