where to get petzval projection lens and which camera to use for it?

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  1. darkosaric

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    So,

    After Gandolfi showed me in this post:

    http://www.apug.org/forums/viewpost.php?p=1106980

    and some meditation ... it is time to get some petzval lens and some medium format camera for it :smile:.

    The thing is that on flea market often I see some old, I mean very old lenses for next to nothing (large format and some unknowns). I would like to get them and use them. Gandolfi showed me that Rollei SL66 is good for that, maybe some other camera as well can be used?

    So 2 questions:

    1) where to get petzval projection lens beside ebay (too expensive)?
    2) Which medium format camera for this lens and other similar?

    thanks,
     
  2. Whiteymorange

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    I use old lenses on Graflex cameras. The older, SLR type (series B and series D) are particularly good because you don't have to switch the film holders out to take the picture. This is particularly important with the extremely narrow depth of field available in petzval projection lenses (always shooting wide open). I now have one in each size up to 4x5 but I also use Speed Graphics with all types of lenses. The 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 version of each camera is often quite inexpensive because of the difficulty in getting film that size, but a roll back allows a 6x9 image on 120 film.
     
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    Thanks Whiteymorange. Large format is out of picture for now as I don't have enlarger that can do more than 6x9 and no developing tank for large format negatives as well.
     
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    I've bought 2 Petzval lenses at Flea/Antique markets both used as projection lenses. The larger of the two was made as a taking lens so has the slot and internal guides for Waterhouse stops, so I made some and it's sitting on a Speed Graphic. Both were cheap.

    Not sure how I'll use the small one yet, possibly on a MF 9^x7/6x9 Busch Pressan with a Thornton Pickard shutter.

    Ian
     
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    The SL66 is perfect for this due to the bellows focusing and focal plane shutter. It has a register about about 102mm if I remember, plenty short for what your planning to do as most petzval's will be longer than that. I have a 6" verito mounted for mine. I also have used some petzval's but am still searching for one what has dodgy coverage of 6x6 which is harder to find. You can find a lens bayonet blank on ebay from a Chinese seller that you can make your mount from.