Schneider Super-Angulon 21mm Prototype wide-angle Lenses, 1957-1977

Schneider Super-Angulon 21mm Prototype wide-angle Lenses, 1957-1977

From 1958 onwards Schneider-Kreuznach produced the 21 mm Super-Angulon for Leitz. The 1:4/21 mm Super-Angulon, introduced in 1958, is a nine-glass construction in chrome finish and was available in screwmount M39 and bayonet-mount. Its successor was the eight-element f3.4 lens, which was produced in chrome and black finish in bayonet-mount. At the 1980 Photokina Leitz introduced its own 21 mm lens, the Elmarit f2.8. The offered six lenses are prototypes or samples by Schneider, all differing from the serial production models, with Schneider rear caps and in perfect condition.

  1. chrome Super-Angulon 1:4/21mm no.1646337 in M39 screw mount, larger engraving on front ring, Schneider rear cap.
  2. chrome Super-Angulon 1:4/21mm no.1646339 in M39 screw mount, larger and thicker engraving on front ring, Schneider rear cap.
  3. black Super-Angulon 1:3.4/21mm in M-mount with Schneider-Kreuznach serial number 11 895 790, Schneider rear cap.
  4. black Super-Angulon 1:3.4/21mm in M-mount no.2834681, larger engraving on front ring, Schneider rear cap.
  5. chrome Super-Angulon 1:3.4/21mm in M-mount no.2834683, larger and thicker engraving on front ring.
  6. Schneider Super-Angulon lens block 1:3.4/21mm no.12976911, both Schneider caps.

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