Did you know? The B+W filter manufacturing company was founded in Berlin in 1947 by
business partners Biermann and Weber. In 1985 the merger with the Jos.
Schneider Optical Works in Bad Kreuznach expanded the B+W line of
products with optical filters for science and technology. It also
generated significant progress in multi-layer coating systems (MC). As a
result, B+W became the first manufacturer of filters in the world to
offer the innovative water- and dirt repelling MRC multi-layer coating
process, which, in addition to its reflection-preventing qualities is
also regarded as being especially scratch-resistant.
In Bad Kreuznach, the most modern fabrication machines produce highly
precise filters in an impressive variety of types and diameters.
Quality controls are integrated at all key stages of the production
process, and a final inspection of every individual filter ensures the
renowned high B+W quality standard. At B+W, our commitment to our
guarantee and service are taken seriously. Continuous improvements and
new developments enable users to achieve their best possible images. By
comparison, a cheap filter can reduce the imaging performance of a
high-quality lens quite dramatically! Therefore, consider the quality of
a filter as seriously as you would consider the choice of your lenses
Schneider Kreuznach (German pronunciation: [ˌʃnaɪdɐ ˈkʁɔʏtsnax]) is the abbreviated name of the company Jos. Schneider Optische Werke GmbH, which is sometimes also simply referred to as Schneider.
They are a manufacturer of industrial and photographic optics. The
company was founded on 18 January 1913 by Joseph Schneider as Optische Anstalt Jos. Schneider & Co. at Bad Kreuznach in Germany. The company changed its name to Jos. Schneider & Co., Optische Werke, Kreuznach in 1922, and to the current Jos. Schneider Optische Werke GmbH in 1998.
The company is known partly for its many innovative lens designs over
the course of its existence. In 2001, Schneider received an Oscar for Technical Achievement for their Super-Cinelux motion picture lenses. They are best known as manufacturers of high-quality large format lenses for view cameras, enlarger lenses, and high quality photographic loupes. They also make a limited amount of small- and medium-format lenses, and have, at various times, manufactured eyeglasses and camera rangefinders, as well as being an OEM lens maker for Kodak and Samsung digital cameras. They currently supply the lenses for the LG Dare, LG Viewty KU990, LG Renoir KC910, LG Viewty Smart GC900 and the LG enV Touch. They also supplied the lenses for the Kodak Regent camera in the 30s and the classic Kodak Retina and Kodak Retinette camera series in the 50s and 60s. In 1961, they created Feinwerktechnik GmbH, a manufacturer of electrical-hydraulic servo valves. Over the past several years, they have acquired several other companies: