Schneider-Kreuznach C-Curtagon 35mm f/2.8-22.0

Lens categoryWide
Vendor nameSchneider-Kreuznach
Type nameC-Curtagon
Focal min (mm)35
Focal max (mm)35
Focus min (cm)100
Aperture max2.8
Aperture min22
Diaphragm blades5
Schneider-Kreuznach C-Curtagon 35mm f/2.8-22.0

This is the smallest and lightest M42 lens I have ever seen. It measures just 55mm in height (with rubber hood – barely 32mm without!) and just 45mm in diameter, 146mm in circumference. Very sharp at all apertures, but has quite a long minimum focus distance (about a metre) which means it is NOT very suitable for macro work. The hood easily slides off, but is solid once put on. This lens goes for around US$80-$230 on eBay in 2005.

Do NOT confuse this with the other Curtagon 35mm 2.8 lens available, which is much older, larger and heavier. This is the C-Curtagon, or ‘baby C’.

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  • Jon Scanlon  12:14 Mar 10, 2011 

    Shot with a Canon D60, with the focus on the Curtagon at infinity. 10 secs, f8.0, ISO 100, Manual focus, Auto White Balance, Normal in-camera Sharpening settings, no post processing done except cropping in Photoshop 6. Lovely little lens which has fantastic depth of field and is very sharp up close.

    St.Kilda by the bay – dusk

  • Virtual Private Server  20:27 Aug 12, 2017 

    Designed in 1925 by Tronnier, it is an asymmetrical derivative of the classical double-Gauss design. Some of the higher-end lenses of the Schneider line are among the most expensive optics available in large format photography.

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