Al Kaplan - Miami, FL , Sep 10, 2002; 11:52 a.m.
Schacht also produced an 85mm f/2.8 many, many years ago that I tried out in the early 60's when I was young and poor. It was a dog! I recently picked up a 135/4.5 Schacht Culminar on Ebay for $31 + shipping. It looks close to new and came in the original plastic case. It's a tad soft wide open, useable at 5.6 and pretty good at 8 and 11. It's extremely light, about the lightest 135 I know of, which is the reason I bought it. There are times I want to have a 135 with me "just in case" and don't feel like carrying my 135/2.8 Elmarit. The downside of the lens is the lack of any filter thread so I have to look through my junk box for a push on adapter that fits because I really want to put a hood on it! If you have to buy a new M adapter it's no longer the great bargain, considering that M mount 135 Hektors aren't all that expensive on Ebay. I already had the adapter.