A.Schacht Ulm


A.Schacht Ulm was a camera lens manufacturer based in Ulm, West-Germany. The small company was founded by Albert Schacht during the late 1950s. They focused on designing and building mainly M42 and Exakta mount lenses for 35mm film cameras.

At some point, A.Schacht Ulm partnered with and developed lenses for the German company Wirgin, which had the Wirgin and Edixa brands. That explains why some A.Schacht Ulm lenses are marked with Edixa as well. They have the same design, although sometimes there are some differences, such as the number of aperture blades: the 135mm f3.5 Travenar R has 6 blades, while the 135mm f3.5 Edixa-Mat-Travenar has 17 aperture blades.

The main external feature of the A.Schacht Ulm lenses are the zebra like stripes on black polished paint. Also, the aperture has quite a unique system of display. The quality of these lenses, both optically and mechanically, is very good and they are quite rare to find. Compared with other German lenses from the period, A.Schacht lenses have their own personality and "feel" to them. The fact that the company stopped the production at some point during the 1970s means that their numbers are limited and they are now difficult to find.

Check our A.Schacht lenses:

The 35mm f3.5 Edixa-Travegon is a wide angle lens made by Albert Schacht Ulm in M42 mount. It is a rather compact lens with excellent build quality and first rate optics. Like other A.Schacht Ulm lenses, the images look sharp and delicate, with natural colors and excellent performance throughout the frame. There are few wide angle lenses out there that capture a large view so well, so this may be an excellent tool for urban or architecture photography, where relevant details may be scattered along the frame.
Its “zebra” design was quite common throughout the late 1950s – early 1970s, but A.Schacht gave it an interpretation of their own. Another design feature that we find really interesting is the aperture scale, with its mobile red marking system.
The minimum focusing distance is 0,5m and uses a 49mm filter. It weighs around 200g and has a 6 blades aperture.


The 50mm f2.8 Edixa-Travenar-A is an old school standard lens, rather slow, but displaying great optics and build quality. The lens is single-coated, a feature commonly found on the A.Schacht lenses mainly because they were built at a time when the multi-coating wasn't available yet.
The body of the lens has the same late 1950s – early 1970s "zebra” design to which A.Schacht Ulm gave a personal touch. What's unique about this 50mm f2.8 Edixa-Travenar-A and other A.Schacht Ulm lenses is that images are well balanced and colors look good and natural. The overall cut is delicate, yet very precise, with a lot of details.
The Edixa made A.Schacht lenses that are rather rare, but the 50mm Edixa-Travenar-A has a sibling, the Travenar-R lens. Note that trying to mount this lens with a M42-EOS adapter might be a bit of a problem. The pin that actives the auto function of the lens is somewhat bigger than the normal ones, which means the lens will fit but it will not have the markings at their usual place.
The minimum focusing distance is 0,5m and uses a 49mm filter. It weighs around 190g and has a 6 blades aperture.


The 90mm f2.8 Travenar-R is a classic portrait lens made by Albert Schacht Ulm in M42 mount. It is a very rare lens which has a compact design and a 17-18 blade aperture. The build quality is excellent, so the lens feels solid and very well made. It has the same zebra design as other A.Schacht Ulm lenses and being a preset-aperture lens, it has no auto/manual switch. From an optical perspective, things look great as the glass is of very high quality. Consequently, images look very interesting, both delicate and sharp, with natural, well rounded colors.
The minimum focusing distance is 1m and uses a 49mm filter. It weighs around 214g and has a 17-18 blades aperture.


The 135mm f3.5 Edixa-Mat-Travenar is a serious telephoto lens, one of the few Albert Schacht Ulm lenses that exists in M42 mount. As its sibling – the 135mm f3.5 Travenar-R - it is single-coated, a feature commonly found on the A.Schacht Ulm lenses mainly because multi-coating layers weren't yet available. Built quality is very good and the body of the lens looks distinctive. Its zebra design was quite common throughout the late 1950s – early 1970s, but A.Schacht gave it an interpretation of their own. Another design feature that we find really appealing is the aperture scale, with its mobile red marking system.
From an optical point of view, the lens really stands out. It is excellent in terms of sharpness and color rendering. What's unique about this 135mm f3.5 Edixa-Mat-Travenar and other A.Schacht Ulm lenses is that images are well balanced and the colors look good and natural. The overall cut is delicate, yet very precise, with a lot of details.
The minimum focusing distance is the standard 1.5m, while the filter has the classic German diameter of 49mm. It weighs around 342g and has a 17 blade aperture.


The 135mm f3.5 Travenar-R is one of the few telephoto lenses made by Albert Schacht Ulm in M42 mount. The lens is single-coated, a feature commonly found on the A.Schacht Ulm lenses mainly because multi-coating layers weren't yet available. Built quality is very good and the body of the lens looks quite distinctive. Its zebra design was rather common throughout the late 1950s – early 1970s, but A Schacht gave it an interpretation of their own. Another appealing design feature is the aperture scale, with its mobile red marking system.
From an optical point of view, this lens is well balanced: the colors look good and it has both contrast and sharpness, but we would not exactly call it a hidden gem. Nevertheless, from a collectors' point of view, this lens could have an undeniable high appeal because it's rather difficult to find.
The minimum focusing distance is the standard 1.5m, while the filter has the classic German diameter of 49mm.