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  • 100 years of passion for optics and precision

  • For a hundred years, the Schneider-Kreuznach brand has stood for cutting-edge technology made in Germany. As an innovative developer and manufacturer of high performance lenses, industrial optical equipment, and precision engineering, we represent excellence in products and processes.
    Let us show you the many facets of Schneider-Kreuznach.
      • Photo Imaging

      • Our lenses set the standard in many areas of photography. We offer premium optics for professional photo formats in digital and analog photography. Our pioneering solutions are based on decades of experience in research, development, and production.

        Professionals as well as dedicated amateur photographers expand their functional and creative potentials with our B+W camera filters and precision photo accessories from Schneider-Kreuznach.
      • Industrial Solutions

      • When comes to optical and precision mechanical components for machine vision, we set the standard. Like no other manufacturer we understand the exacting requirements that optical components for industrial applications have to meet – because we ourselves manufacture according to the same strict criteria. We know that precision, quality, and reliability form the basis for long-term solutions. As a partner for high-end solutions in image processing, we help systems integrators and machine manufacturers to improve their image processing systems.
      • Entertainment Imaging

      • Whether in the Studios, in the large premiere theater or in the home cinema - Schneider-Kreuznach lenses always set standards in taking and projection of films. Developed and manufactured in Germany, their reputation is also well-respected in Hollywood. So we are proud to hear at the ceremony of the technical Oscars several times: "... and the winner is Schneider-Kreuznach".
    • Industrial Solutions

        • Lenses and Accessories

        • Jos. Schneider Optische Werke GmbH designs, manufactures and markets optical and precision components and assemblies for machine vision and other image processing applications. Our high-quality optical solutions for image processing help system integrators and machine manufacturers improve their image processing systems.
            • XENON-RUBY

            • These cost efficient lenses are designed for sensors with an image circle diameter of 1/1.8" (9 mm). The robust mechanical design with lockable iris and focus is resistant to vibrations and guarantees an extremely high and uniform image quality over the entire sensor. With a magnification range from ß´ = 0.1 to infinite, the lenses can resolve a pixel size of 4.65 µm on the camera with a 1/1.8" sensor. The broadband transmission covers the range from 400 to 1000 nm.
              Xenon-Ruby lenses are available in four focal lengths (aperture/focal length in mm): 2.2/10, 2.3/16, 2.2/25 and 2.3/35. The compact lenses can be used in a wide range of applications, such as traffic control, 2D/3D measurement, surveillance systems and machine vision.
            • 3 MP Compact Lenses

            • The 2/3" compact lenses are corrected and broadband coated for the spectral range of 400-1000nm (VIS+NIR) and usable for sensors up to 3 megapixel.

              These sturdy lenses were designed for 2/3 inch CCD cameras. Largely unsusceptible to vibrations and other environmental factors, the Lenses are ideal for use in crash tests and 3D measurements in industrial environments.
              The high-performance lenses in the C-Mount Compact line are especially robust for outstanding performance, even in industrial environments. All lenses come with securely lockable iris and focus settings as well as a 400 to 1000 nm broadband coating as standard features.
            • 5 MP Compact Lenses

            • The 5 mega pixel lenses Apo-Xenoplan for 2/3“ CMOS/CCD sensors are the latest products in the series of robust and versatile industrial lenses. With its apochromatic correction and broadband coating, this lens covers a wide spectral range. For example, luminescence applications are now possible at 1200 nm.
              The lens can be used in areas ranging from pure measurement engineering or machine vision applications right up to complex medical technology. Its robust construction with stable screws to lock the focus and iris settings guarantees long-term stability for continuous operation.
            • Fast Lens - Xenon 0.95/17

            • This 2/3“ megapixel lens has an extremely high relative aperture of 0.95, making it perfectly suitable for low light applications. The lens is corrected and coated for the visible light in the range of 400 - 700 nm. Even under production and/or extreme conditions, the robust mechanical design with lockable focus and iris setting mechanism guarantees reliable continuous use in which the set optical parameters remain in place.
            • Motorized Lenses

            • Schneider-Kreuznach also has motorized versions of its proven C-mount industrial lenses Cinegon, Xenoplan and Tele-Xenar. The lenses are fitted with an industrial P-Iris standard connector and a stepper motor for digital control. The iris is designed for a long service life of over 100,000 cycles under demanding industrial conditions.

              Thanks to the motorized iris, the lenses can be used under variable light conditions, e.g. in traffic control or for inspection tasks where the brightness of the object is changing.
            • Compact Lenses

            • In accordance with the sensitivity of modern 1“ CCD and CMOS sensors, the 3 megapixel lenses are corrected and broadband-coated.
            • Fast Lenses - Xenon 0.95/25

            • This 1“ megapixel lens has an extremely high relative aperture of 0.95, making it perfectly suitable for low light applications. The lens is corrected and coated for the visible light in the range of 400 - 700 nm. Even under production and/or extreme conditions, the robust mechanical design with lockable focus and iris setting mechanism guarantees reliable continuous use in which the set optical parameters remain in place.
            • Motorized Lenses

            • Schneider-Kreuznach also has motorized versions of its proven C-mount industrial lenses Cinegon, Xenoplan and Tele-Xenar. The lenses are fitted with an industrial P-Iris standard connector and a stepper motor for digital control. The iris is designed for a long service life of over 100,000 cycles under demanding industrial conditions.

              Thanks to the motorized iris, the lenses can be used under variable light conditions, e.g. in traffic control or for inspection tasks where the brightness of the object is changing.
            • 4/8 MP Anti Shading Lenses

            • These high-resolution, high-speed lenses are optimized for the use of 4 and 8 megapixel 1.3" sensors with micro-lenses on the sensor surface. The special optical design prevents unwanted shading on the sensor. This makes it much easier to combine a homogeneous luminance distribution with high imaging performance.

              The image circles are very large for C-Mount lenses. With a 1.3" sensor, the relatively short focal lengths allow a large coverage range at a short working distance. The lenses are also broadband coated and can be used in the visible range 400 – 700 nm or the near infrared range 700 – 1000 nm.
            • 4/8 MP Lenses

            • These high-resolution, high-speed lenses are optimized for the use of 4 and 8 megapixel 1.3" sensors with micro-lenses on the sensor surface.

              The image circles are very large for C-Mount lenses. With a 1.3" sensor, the relatively short focal lengths allow a large coverage range at a short working distance. The lenses are also broadband coated and can be used in the visible range 400 – 700 nm or the near infrared range 700 – 1000 nm.
            • Motorized Lenses

            • Schneider-Kreuznach also has motorized versions of its proven C-mount industrial lenses Cinegon, Xenoplan and Tele-Xenar. The lenses are fitted with an industrial P-Iris standard connector and a stepper motor for digital control. The iris is designed for a long service life of over 100,000 cycles under demanding industrial conditions.

              Thanks to the motorized iris, the lenses can be used under variable light conditions, e.g. in traffic control or for inspection tasks where the brightness of the object is changing.
            • V-Mount Macro Lenses

            • A macro lens is not simply a macro lens. It is based on a highly adjustable component system which caters for a wide variety of industrial requirements by simply and effectively combining different accessory components. This lens series consists of Schneider-Kreuznach macro lenses which have been designed specially for industrial applications in a robust special aperture housing with helical focusing mounts, extension tubes and adapters for almost every conceivable type of camera. The combination facilitates close-up, macro and finite object distances of the highest quality and rendering of subtle tonal gradations for demanding industrial and scientific applications.

              Flexible use due to the wide magnification range and the high optical quality with its logically limited starting aperture, low chromatic aberration, the option of setting the best possible azimuth position due to the circumferential V-mount interface and the optimisation of imaging performance at small imaging distances all combine to make these lenses unique. Naturally, it is possible to lock the aperture as well as to use filters or other accessories. For enlarging images the lenses can also be used in reverse position depending on the field of vision and pixel size with the symmetrical V-mount interface without additional accessories.
            • V-Mount Line Scan Lenses

            • Wherever complex web and surface inspections are concerned, the line scan image capture method is used in most cases. Due to the principle used, this method requires a very careful choice of camera and an optimally adapted lens in order to achieve maximum system performance. It is essential to observe important application-specific and physical parameters: the size of the CCD or CMOS imaging sensor in the camera defines the minimum required image circle of the lens.

              The size of the sensor pixels determines the necessary optical imaging performance of the lens. Today’s high-performance lenses must follow the trend toward ever-smaller pixel sizes and increased sensor resolution. This typically results in larger array sizes and therefore considerably higher demands made on the imaging performance or MTF (modulation transfer function) of the lenses.

              Makro-Symmar, Micro-Symmar and Apo-Componon lenses are designed for industrial machine vision applications and satisfy even the most stringent requirements of next generation 12k line scan applications. Identification of the best azimuth and application in reverse position means that they can be deployed in a customer-oriented way.

              The different lens versions of Makro-Symmar, Micro-Symmar and Apo-Componon cover practically all industrial application areas with the specially defined and optimized imaging areas.
            • Macro Varon Line-Scan Lenses

            • The special lenses Macro Varon and Macro Varon fixed beta (magnification) designed for the highest requirements of web and surface inspections are the first choice for FPD and PCB inspection systems, for example. These applications require line scan lenses with very high resolution in order to guarantee cost-effi cient error detection in manufacturing and the associated quality assurance processes. When using highresolution cameras, the lens is often the limiting factor for the optimal utilisation of the theoretically possible system performance. These lenses, however, have been specially developed for the use of 12k and 16k line scan sensors. In the optical magnification range required these lenses fully exploit all the possibilities of the very latest sensor generation.

              The special design feature of the Macro Varon is the innovative, continuous aberration suppression (CAS). This ensures uniformly high imaging performance across the entire magnification range.

              A precise gear set continuously corrects minimal aberrations using floating elements – flexibly arrayed lenses inside the lens – and thus guarantees the exact observance of the focal length and optimal adjustment to the desired magnifi cation setting. The lens can be altered both manually and power-operated in the magnification factor. An externally accessible precision gear wheel serves as the interface for the motorised drive. The alignment of the best azimuth position is also possible here via the V-mount interface.
            • Lenses with Leica Thread

            • Componon, Componon-S and APO-Componon are product names which have had an almost legendary reputation worldwide for excellent quality over decades. For future tasks in industrial optics, the goal of Schneider-Kreuznach is to continue this tradition with modern, high-quality lenses in the field of digital applications. These lenses in their robust plastic housings are a good solution when using large linear and area sensors in a wide range of applications.

              A far-reaching and sophisticated optical design with constantly high manufacturing quality is a matter of course. The excellent optical coatings were designed specially for the glass types used. This ensures that the lens is optimally attuned to its application area. Flexible use due to the wide magnification range and the high optical quality with its logically limited starting aperture, low chromatic aberration and optimisation at small imaging distances all combine to make these lenses unique.
            • HELICAL MOUNTS: UNIFOC 7/12

            • Enlarging lenses have no built-in helicoid, because they are usually focused using a bellows on the enlarger. Therefore, in order to focus an enlarging lens when it is used on a camera, a helical mount is needed. The Unifoc 12 respectively Unifoc 7 Helical Mount makes this possible. It is extremely compact with 12 mm respectively 7 mm of displacement. 

              In the shortest setting, the mechanical length is 17.4 mm with the Unifoc 12 and 20 mm with the Unifoc 7. It comes complete with a focus locking screw.

            • EXTENSION TUBES

            • The helical mounts can be adapted easily with extension tubes and adapters to a wide range of imaging applications.
            • Xenon-EMERALD

            • Many camera manufacturers are using the F-Mount bayonet, the V48 or the Canon bayonet as the camera/lens interface of their high resolution area and line scan cameras.

              Schneider-Kreuznach has addressed these topics with the new lenses series Xenon-EMERALD. The low distortion lenses with an image circle diameter of 43.2mm are compact, robust, lockable in distance and aperture. They are designed for close up range (S) and long range (L) and optimized for a uniform image quality over the whole sensor area.

              The 400-1000nm broadband coating makes them suitable for applications in the visible and near infrared spectrum. The variety of alternative mounts makes them even more flexible for a wide range of applications in machine vision, quality control, web in-spection and other image processing applications.
            • Xenon-SAPPHIRE

            • These high-resolution, high-speed lenses are optimized for the use of 16k pixel line scan sensors. There are several lens types each optimized for a certain magnification range. The image circles of 62 mm meet the length of currently available 16k CMOS lines and will cover at the same time 12k image heights as well.

              The high resolution of these lenses make full use of the sensor‘s pixel size of 3.5µm and fully exploits all possibilities of the latest sensor generation. As usual they are compact, robust and lockable in distance and apertures. The 400 - 1000 nm broadband coating makes it suitable for applications in the visible and the near infrared spectrum. The V-mount makes it easy to install and rotate into the desired azimuth position for a wide range of high resolution applications where existing 12k lenses (with approx. 5µm pixel sizes) are not sufficient anymore.
            • SWIRON

            • The SWIRON high-performance lenses are extremely robust and insensitive to rough ambient conditions, with the result that the lenses retain their high optical imaging performance in industrial environments. The secure locking of the iris and focus settings and the SWIR coating of 800 – 1800 nm is standard for these lenses.
            • Telecentric Lenses

            • he bilateral telecentric lenses for matrix and linescan cameras set a new standard of lens performance for optical metrology. The absolute distortion in the image plane of these lenses is only a few micrometers.

              The lenses can be focused on the image side in a range of +/- 3mm which means that the working distance can be adjusted within the defined limits without any change in the lens magnification. Thus the lenses can easily be adjusted to fit the space conditions in the application.

              Due to the numeric aperture of 0.14 or 0.13, the light intensity of these lenses is considerably higher than of other available lenses. The integrated iris allows easy setting and locking for the demands of any measurement task.
          • Industrial Filters

          • Schneider Kreuznach Industrial Filters are high performance technical filters that have been adapted to the requirement of industrial users in research, engineering and production. These filters feature improved optical quality, are provided with detailed technical parameters, and have passed a strict quality assurance process.

            • Reproducibility, reliability
            • 100% quality control
            • Top flatness and wavefront distortion guarantees no influence on image
            • Broad range of products filter types and coatings
            • Broad range of diameters
            • Robust mechanics: metal mounts
            • Experience: optics, mechanics, coatings > OEM filters, custom coatings
              • Bandpass Filter

              • Bandpass filters transmit light of a defined wavelength range, while blocking all others. The thickness of the band filters are kept to a minimum. Multiple thin layer coatings archive the designed wavelength range at a high optical quality. The effective thickness of the thin layers and therefore the spectral characteristics of the filters depend on the angle of incidence. Bandpass filters are available in the range from 465 nm to 865 nm and full-width-half-maximum from 50 nm to more than 100 nm, in sizes 10 mm to 74 mm diameter or mounted in M 25.5 to M 67. Schneider Kreuznach bandpass filters are RoHS conform.
              • Shortpass Filter

              • Schneider Kreuznach shortpass filters are designed with sharp cut-off wavelength from 615 nm to 850 nm. A broadband anti reflection coating avoids troublesome light. Shortpass filters are ideal for fluorescence and wavelength sorting applications.

                All filters are available mounted (M25.5 to M67) and unmounted in diameters of 10.0 mm to 74.0 mm size. Custom size available upon request.
              • Longpass Filter

              • Schneider Kreuznach longpass filters are designed with sharp cut-off wavelength from 400 nm to 820 nm. Longpass Filters are ideal for fluorescence and wavelength sorting applications.

                All filters are available mounted (M25.5 to M67) and unmounted in 10.0 mm to 74.0 mm size. Custom size available upon request.
              • Cut Filter

              • UV & IR cut filters block troublesome UV/ VIS or NIR light. They are robust, cost-effective and insensitive to angle of incidence. Additional to their filter function they are also a protective window in imaging systems.

                Cut filters are available unmounted in sizes from 10 mm to 74 mm diameter and mounted with common thread sizes M 25.5 to M 67.
                We offer several AR coating options, depending on filter type. Also available as filter kit.

              • Neutral Density Filter

              • Neutral density (ND) filters reduce evenly the transmittance of light over the entire VIS spectrum. They decrease the brightness of an image without changing the depth of field (DoF). They attenuate light by ab-sorbing a part of the energy of the VIS wavelength, without influence on the color balance. ND filters are used to control the intensity of light going through an optical system to avoid over-exposure, blooming on imaging sensors and prevent damages on light sensitive measuring sensors.

                ND filters are available unmounted in sizes 10 mm to 74 mm diameter and mounted with common thread sizes M 25.5 to M 67.
              • Color & NIR-Filter

              • Blue and Green are band pass filters, transmitting wavelength in a corresponding color as seen by the human eye, while yellow, orange and red are long pass filters. IR pass filters are long pass filters, transmitting only IR light. The Cut-on wavelength is defined at 50% transmittance of maximum. Color filters are absorptive filter that are used to increase contrast of a monochrome image, by isolating spectral regions and lighting colors. IR filters are absorptive filters, too. They are used in front of a NIR sensor or an image sensor for NIR imaging where IR spectrum only is needed. The type of the filter is thereby depending on two main factors: color of the object and illumination. Call for helping to select the best suitable filter.

                Color filters are available unmounted in sizes from 10 mm to 74 mm diameter and mounted with common thread sizes M 25.5 to M 67.
              • Polarizer

              • Natural light and most light sources emit unpolarized light. Polarizers are an excellent solution in applications that require glare reduction due to reflected light. They are also used in several optical instruments.

                Unpolarized light passing a linear polarizing filter will be linear polarized afterwards in the orientation of the polarizing axis of the filter. A circular polarizer is a combination of a linear polarizer and a quarter wave retarder. Crossing the axes (or left handed with right handed, when using circular) blocks nearly all light. Circular polarizers are recommended if optics as mirrors are within the optical path from filter to sensor.

                Schneider polarizers are designed to fulfill industrial requirements. They are made of dichroic laminated polarizing polymers cement-ed between 2 slides of protective glass. Polarizers are sensitive to humidity, therefore we recommend our unmounted filters as edge sealed version.

                Linear and circular polarizers are available as glass filters, un-mounted in sizes 10 mm to 74.0 mm diameter and mounted with common thread sizes M 25.5 to M 67 or as film up to 420 x 1270 mm size and 0.3 or 0.8 mm thick. Custom sizes on request.
              • Sensor Cover Glass

              • Schneider-Kreuznach presents 1 mm thick sensor cover glasses with a 16 mm diameter for 1" CCD and CMOS sensors, called IFG UI. These filters have excellent surface quality and a transmitted wavefront of less than lambda/4, and the focused image is not impacted. Peak transmission of those UV IR Cut filters is >90% within specified range, while blocking is below 1% from 300 to 1000 nm outside the respective transmission band. The IFG VIS-85 transmits VIS spectrum and around 850nm, perfect for night and day surveillance applications.

                The filters are RoHS conforming.
              • Antireflection Coating Options

              • Uncoated glass surfaces reflect about 4-8% of incident light. Ghost images and stray light reduce image contrast. Anti reflection coatings minimize reflects. Schneider offers 4 types of AR coatings. A standard broadband Coating (E) for visible spectrum and 2 broadband multilayer resistant coating (MRC for VIS and MRCIR for NIR). They are hydrophobic and withstand mechanical and environmental stress.

                V coatings are available on request; those custom coatings have an extreme low reflex at an optimized wavelength. Especially V- coatings are sensitive to angle of incidence.
              • Edge Sealed

              • Filters are often used harsh environment, as factory automation. To protect the glass from chemical influence we now offer edge sealing on request for all Schneider Kreuznach filters. Edge sealed filters can be ordered on request only.
                Temperature Resistance: -55 °C to +120 °C
                Tensile Strength: 14 N/mm²
                Appearance: Light Yellow
                Thickness: + 0.1 mm
              • Filter Mounts

              • Schneider offers filter with a variety of mounts with common thread sizes to fit on most camera lens systems. SH mount is the standard, when high flexibility is needed. The filters are held by a retainer ring. For M30.5 thread SN1, offers high clear aperture, which avoids vignetting, developed for sophisticated requirements. For filters which require rotation, DH mount is the right choice. Our SN2 with locking screw is especially designed for industrial applications. The locking mechanism, secures the filter after adjusting the correct orientation. Filters are glued into the mount. All mounts have female and male M-thread, and can be stacked when more than one filter is required.
                CMT-mount designed for machine vision cameras with popular C-mount thread.

                Mounts are always a part of a filter, empty mounts are not available.
            • Illumination

                  • UltraLED Engine6

                  • Schneider Kreuznach offers Fiber Light Engine with common Schott Fostec adapter. It has been developed to couple light efficiently into a fiber bundle. Designed for 3-6 mm active fibers. This makes the Ultra LED Engine 6 an excellent choice for medical applications, where small diameter light guides are commonly used. 
                    The Ultra LED Engine 6 is designed around a high brightness LED source. 

                    Available with white, red, blue or green LED

                    The operation of the optics module requires sufficient cooling of the LEDs. An appropriate ventilation fan is part of the design. 
                    For custom design and high volume request, please call us.