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Voigtländer portrait Petzval 290mm F3.6 from 1856!

€1500.00 EUR

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History: Very early made Voigtländer portrait petzval lens in a stunning collectors condition. The engraved serial is 6.089. That dates the lens back into the very early days of wetplate photography in 1856.

Voigtländer is the very first manufacturer who introduced the portrait petzval formula to photography in the early 1840ies. His workshop is probably the most well known and offered the best optical and built quality, which stands en par with Dallmeyer, Ross or Jamins lenses.

Condition: Really good condition overall: the golden protective laquere is in good condition and shows only minimal wear. The rack & pinion is complete but not really moving. The glass shows minor cleaning marks and a couple of fine marks on the the front element near the edges, but is otherwise crispy clear and shows a fantastic sharp image on the ground glass.

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

If you buy the lens for wetplate use, please be aware, that it might still have the chemical focus some lenses had back then.

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: 2000gr

Insured and tracked shipping cost:

EU* - 40 eur
Worldwide - 100 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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