Monday, June 4, 2012

Schneider-Kreunach Retina-Tele-Xenar 135mm f4 DKL Sample

Flowers -- NEX-5N & Schneider-Kreuznach Retina-Tele-Xenar 135mm f4 DKL. Click for larger

I do not like lenses with very long minimum focus distance, and this Schneider Tele-Xenar lens has a four meter (or 14 feet) minimum focus distance.  Totally rules out any sort of close ups.  The picture above is the best that I have been able to get.  In comparison, the Tamron 135mm f2.5 has a "close focusing" of 1.2 meters (4 feet).  This limitation really detracts from the fun of photography.


  1. Thanks. Very helpful information!

  2. It's a good lens stopped down IMO ('tele-tessar' type?). The later version for Instamatic I think can close focus down to a couple of feet. I use this MFD 14 version for scenics and landscape. A bit too slow without enough seperation for me as a portrait lens. There is a macro extension tuve for this lens (Kodak made) that can sometimes be found for sale, but I haven't used it. This could be good for close ups.