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'The Leviathan' Landscape lens 250mm F8

€100.00 Sold Out

The Leviathan was a trade name used by a photography retailer, Mssrs. Joseph Levi and Co in London c. 1898. It is a Rapid Rectilinear design lens (also called Aplanat) and is well corrected for any astigmatism and aberrations. You will find those quite often on the second hand markets as those were made in large numbers. But it is not so common to find one in complete working and very well optical condition like this specimen.

Lens comes with a working iris aperture!

The brass looks really good here, there are some signs of wear and patina, but its still well protected by its golden laquere. It is unpolished and still shows the fatnastic patina of over 100 existance.  The glass is a great condition also, there are the trademark cleaning marks, but only a few. The glass beeing clear and without any haze or fungus.

With its focal lenght of about 250mm it will cover formats up to 5x7 formats as well as 8x10 (it will be a bit wide angly there, but with landscape this might be a bonus). The lens is overall corrected (aplanat design) and shows a remarable sharpness all throughout the image field.

The lens comes with a fitting flange!.

height: 7cm
width: 45cm
weight: 300gr

Insured and tracked shipping cost:

Germany - 10 eur
EU* - 20 eur
Worldwide - 60 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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