I always have been fascinated by photography.
But with the introduction of the digital camera it all became too easy, too predictable …to me.
So I forced myself to go back to the roots of real analog photography.
Not just by making the photograph itself, but by controlling the entire photographic process.

This brought me back to the middle of the 19th century, to the amazing Collodion wet plate process.
And every single day I feel challenged to refine and improve myself.

For my website please visit : www.alextimmermans.com

Alex Timmermans

"You don't take a picture, it's given to you"

zondag 25 december 2011

I finally found "Her".......

After a long search i finally found a suitable lens for my 20x20”Donchev camera.
This is a 24” early Voigtlander petzval which was produced aprox in the year 1864.
This lens is massive. I thought my 20inch Hermagis was big. This one is huge.
The glass is in execptional good shape. No separation, fungus or what so ever.
It came with one original waterhouse stop.

Some specs:
Weight :                         8,3 kilo
Height:                           39 cm
Diameter lens hood:        19 cm
Flange diameter:             23 cm
Serial number:                12540

Focal lenght                    24"
F-stop                             aprox 5.2 (because of waterhouse slot)

If anyone can supply me the exact production date of this lens, please let me know.
Just to show how massive this lens is, the lens next to the Voigtlander is my Dallmeyer 3B

7 opmerkingen:

  1. Yeah, a lens is amazing, congratulations for the new arrival, you will enjoy!!!

  2. Does it fit? Is it the right bayonet.....
    See you this week in vessem!

  3. WOW! Another great find!!! Your collection must be the most complete one there is on the planet right now!!! :)
    looking forward to the pictures...

  4. What F Stop would this be? F 3.2?

  5. Fantastic lens! Congrats, and can't wait to see some photos.

  6. According to the data on this website, the date is between 1865 and 1866.

    Pete Strasser