View Full Version : Schneider 300mm f5.6 variable focus mystery lens

Dennis Felty
21-Jul-1999, 00:09
I recently purchased a Schneider 300mm f5.6 - f11 lens on eBay. The lens appears to be a copy or enlarging lens, however it either has a variable focal length o r most probably a focus function. The sellor reports that only about 100 were ma de, and they were originally very expensive being made for a US military contrac t. The lens is not marked Schneider, the only marking is "made in Germany" with the following series of numbers "12595715". It is reported that it was designed for a copy camera with extremely high resolution. It weighs approximately 6 lbs with a 98mm filter size and a 3 1/2 inch mounting flange. Schneider is reported ly not willing to provide info on them. I am planning to use it as an enlarging lens on an 8x10 Saltzman. I have already mounted it and it is excellent. I would welcome any additional information anyone might have on this exceptional piece of glass. The ebay photos may be seen at http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=119754190