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Voigtländer portrait Petzval 290mm F3.6

€1400.00 Sold Out

Very early made Voigtländer portrait petzval lens in a stunning collectors condition. The engraved serial is 11.673 so it dates back from the year 1862! Really nice condition overall: brass with an authentic patina, the rack & pinion is complete. The glass is mostly clean and features only minimal cleaning marks and air bubbles. Otherwise it is clear and shows a fantastic sharp image on the ground glass. 

The lens features a waterhouse slot (no stops included).


A fantastic piece of history of one of the most reknowed optical manufacturers of the early photographic age.


This lens has about 290mm focal lenght (11 1/2") and an open aperture of F3.6. It will work for fullplate format but actually will produce the best results on the 8x10 format, where its authentic character can be seen in the outer edges of the image field.


A really fine specimen of Voigtländer master workshop. This lens is in the same range as the (in)famous Dallmeyer 3B and has almost identical FL and stats. I even tested it once against one 3B, and i couldnt tell which of them was sharper. I guess the Voigtländer featured slightly less swirl in the background.






height: 20cm
width: 10cm
weight: 2200gr




Insured and tracked shipping cost:

Germany - 20 eur
EU* - 40 eur
Worldwide - 80 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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