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    Petzval portrait lens?

    Hi all,
    I'm looking for a "Petzval Portrait" lens for 4X5. What should I check before I pay? Also there so many no name lens in E-bay; should I get a Voigtlander, Hermages, Dallmeyer or others? What are those letter stand for; like B, 3B and so on?

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    Re: Petzval portrait lens?

    http://www.antiquecameras.net/petzvallens.html

    letters stand for different things for different manufacturers.

    buy until you find one you love, or 5 you love

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    Re: Petzval portrait lens?

    Read and research! There are no easy answers. Find images that you like. There are many posts about these lenses. Find them and do the work yourself and you will be glad you did.

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    Re: Petzval portrait lens?

    You could just get in touch with somebody like Jim Galli that regularly trades in lenses like this and tell him what you are looking for and see what he's got.
    You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus. ~ Mark Twain

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    Re: Petzval portrait lens?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Barendt View Post
    You could just get in touch with somebody like Jim Galli that regularly trades in lenses like this and tell him what you are looking for and see what he's got.
    Or Eddie Gunks.
    Vincent

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    Re: Petzval portrait lens?

    Quote Originally Posted by Vincent Pidone View Post
    Or Eddie Gunks.
    Absolutely

    And both can provide well seasoned advice about them.
    You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus. ~ Mark Twain

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    Re: Petzval portrait lens?

    Or read the many threads here that will answer 90% of your questions. Use the search function.

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    Re: Petzval portrait lens?

    You can choose from branded ones (Voigtländer, Dallmayer, Busch, Rose...) and see the lens details on the link Dave provided, or on http://www.cameraeccentric.com/info.html - but this is usually quite expensive, lenses sell over $200, and offers at $500 are quite common. Note that in the 19th century they considered the swirly bokeh rather unpleasant; as Petzvals swirl mostly on the edges, they were recommended for smaller plates than you probably will use today (why to buy a Petzval and have ordinary pictures?). I used a Dallmayer 1B 'Carte de visite' (6") on 4x5 (that it almost covered at infinity, with huge vignetting of course) and even on 5x7 (for still-life/macro).

    The alternative way is choosing from no-name lenses. If you're lucky, you'll get one for $100; if you're even more lucky, it will be indeed a Petzval... They usually put the word 'Petzval' to any listing of an unknown lens in a brass barrel on eBay.

    As many projecting lenses used to be of Petzval design, you can increase your chance with buying one. The drawback is, they seldom had a diaphragm or Waterhouse stop slot, so you may use it only wide open.
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    Re: Petzval portrait lens?

    Thank you for all members informations.

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