Buying camera lenses for Lens hacking

Exotic Schneider lenses for very little money

Taken with a 35mm f/2.8 Schneider Retina Curtagon on an Olympus PEN E-PL2. 1/320 sec at ISO 200.

Taken with a 35mm f/2.8 Schneider Retina Curtagon on an Olympus PEN E-PL2. 1/320 sec at ISO 200.

You can often find good deals on film camera lenses at garage sales, camera swap meets, local camera dealers and through craigslist or online auctions. Many times you can get a better deal buying a collection of film camera equipment rather than buying camera lenses individually.

Taken with the 35mm f/2.8 Schneider Retina Curtagon. 1/100 sec at 200 ISO.

Taken with the 35mm f/2.8 Schneider Retina Curtagon on an Olympus PEN E-PL2. 1/100 sec at 200 ISO.

Some people don’t want to pay the extra shipping for a camera body so they only search auction sites for lenses instead of searching all categories. A camera with a lens can often be found for less than the average price for the lens alone. This is common with the Kodak Retina Reflex cameras from the 1960s.

28mm f/4 Schneider Curtagon, 50mm f/1.9 Schneider Xenon, 35mm f/2.8 Schneider Retina Curtagon and 85mm f/4 Schneider Retina-Tele-Arton. All have DKL to EF adapters except for the 28mm which is mounted to a micro four thirds adapter.

28mm f/4 Schneider Curtagon, 50mm f/1.9 Schneider Xenon, 35mm f/2.8 Schneider Retina Curtagon and 85mm f/4 Schneider Retina-Tele-Arton. All have DKL to EF adapters except for the 28mm which is mounted to a micro four thirds adapter.

You can find Schneider, Voigtländer and Rodenstock lenses for the Retina Reflex in the DKL mount that can be easily adapted to EF-S and MFT mounts.

Taken with a 28mm f/4 Schnei­der Retina Curta­gon in DKL mount on an Olym­pus E-PL2. RAW file processed in Photomatix.

Taken with a 28mm f/4 Schnei­der Retina Curta­gon in DKL mount on an Olym­pus E-PL2. RAW file processed in Photomatix.

 

Papers that came with a Kodak Retina Reflex III kit. $199.50 in 1961 is equiv­a­lent to $1500 in today’s dol­lars. The Retina Reflex was not junk.

Papers that came with a Kodak Retina Reflex III kit. $199.50 in 1961 is equiv­a­lent to $1500 in today’s dol­lars. The Retina Reflex was not junk.

Taken with an 85mm f/4 Schneider Retina-Tele-Arton. 1/320 sec at ISO 200.

Taken with an 85mm f/4 Schneider Retina-Tele-Arton on an Olympus PEN E-PL2. 1/320 sec at ISO 200.

Minimum focusing distance is 1.8 meters on the 85mm Retina Tele Arton and .9 meters on the 35mm Retina Curtagon.

Taken with a 35mm f/ 2.8 Schneider Retina Curtagon on an Olympus PEN E-PL2. 1/200 sec at ISO 200.

Taken with a 35mm f/ 2.8 Schneider Retina Curtagon on an Olympus PEN E-PL2. 1/200 sec at ISO 200.