Need help identifying a used lens (new to LF photo) : LUSENET : Large format photography : One Thread

I'm just beginning in LF photography thanks to a friend who gave me his old (25 years +) LF equipment. One of he peices of equipment that he gave me is a WA lens of unknown focal length. I'm trying to identify the focal length of this lens. The lens has the following markings:

Schneider - Kreuznach Angulon 1:6,8/90 5496435

Any help with this or pointers to resources for finding information about the lens would be greatly appreciated.

One other quesiton - There seems to be an indication that the min aperature is f/90 but the aperature ring only has markings to f/32.

Boy I have a lot to learn....

-- Cleeo W. Wright (, March 30, 2001


The lens is an f6.8 lens (maximum), 90mm.


-- Andy Biggs (, March 30, 2001.

It's a Schneider Angulon 90mm f/6.8 wide angle lens and was made sometime between Feb '57 and May '59. If it's in good condition it'll be a decent performer on 4x5. Do a Google search on "Angulon" to find out more info.

-- Jim Colburn (, March 30, 2001.

Thanks folks...! I know I'm going to have to feel pretty stupid for a while. I appreciate the info.

-- Cleeo W. Wright (, March 30, 2001.

Cleeo, you don't have to feel stupid, we all started from point zero! Additional technical infos can be found on Schneider website. Angulons were the predecessors of todays Super-Angulons.

-- Paul Schilliger (, March 30, 2001.

To decipher the markings on the lens:

Schneider - Kreuznach Angulon 1:6,8/90 5496435

Manufacturer is Schneider - Kreuznach is the name of the manufacturer 1:6,8 means the largest aperture is f 6.8 (Many European countries interchange "."s and ","s in number from the US/British way. (Japanese use 10,000's instead of 1,000's for groupings so these things vary with different cultures.)

90 = the focal length of the lens, not the smallest aperture.

Angulon is the name of the lens design

The other number is probably the serial number.

I have a 90mm Angulon, too, which I like. It has virtually no spare image circle for movements, but straight on it performs well for me.

-- Charlie Strack (, March 30, 2001.

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