Schneider 16mm, Schneider 25mm and Schneider 50mm
Posted 08 May 2006 - 03:52 PM
Posted 09 May 2006 - 06:24 PM
Are these lenses unknown?
See page 102 of Douglas Underdahl's The 16mm Camera Book. He says they are regarded as good lenses and deliver their best performance at t4 to t11. The earlier versions simply rotated in the camera's lens mount to focus; later models feature internal focus and are more desireable.
I have a set of these later internal-focus Schneiders I use on a pair of Arri S/B cameras. The focal lengths I have are 10, 12, 16, 25, 28, 50, 75 and 100mm. I actually keep them around because the images they produce have a nice old-school vibe that's slightly lower in contrast and very organic. Just personal preference, but I actually like shooting them close to wide open to get a softer, less clinical look than modern optics produce. They flare nicely if you shoot with the sun or a bright light source behind your subject and can also produce sharp images when stopped down.
I thought about selling the whole S/B and lens package a few years back when I got an Aaton A-Minima and some Mark III Super Speeds, but for some subjects I still like the images the older Arri/Schneider equipment produces.
Posted 11 May 2006 - 01:00 AM
What Fran is saying is the same thing I have heard from others. The only Schneider I have experience with so far has been the 10mm, and I found that quite a bit softer than the Cookes.