Optical Excellence

for analog & digital photography


Photo Optics

Filters and lenses for everyone who takes photographs creatively and with passion 

Made in Germany

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. 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.


The passion for optics!

For more than 70 years, B+W filters have been synonymous with quality and innovation. Following the merger with Jos. Schneider Optische Werke GmbH in 1985, the company moved into its current premises in Bad Kreuznach. Under the umbrella of Schneider-Kreuznach a lively technology transfer developed. 

B+W has succeeded in establishing itself as one of the world‘s leading filter manufacturers. It has, for example, made decisive progress in surface coating. B+W is the first filter manufacturer in the world to offer MRC (Multi Resistant Coating). MRC nano coating is the most innovative development in thin-layer technology. The world-famous Käsemann type polarizing filter with its outstanding quality has been produced by B+W since 1989. 

Today, state-of-the-art production equipment, precise CNC machines and highly advanced reflection-reducing technology guarantee top quality which is amongst the very best to be found on the world market.


An important element in a perfect B+W filter is a high-precision filter mount. It must be easy to hold, easy to screw on and off the lens, and fit exactly. The filter glass is perfectly plane and is screwed securely in place. It fits without play and tension. B+W filter mounts are closely toleranced and have very small dimensions. Even with the standard F-Pro mount on wide-angle lenses, photos without vignetting are possible.

Filter Types

When manufacturing our many different B+W filter types, only the finest quality sanded and fine-polished optical filter glass is used. The result is homogeneous, plane-parallel, streak-and bubble-free filter glass for the highest photographic demands.

Coating Systems

A key criterion for an outstanding filter is the coating. Quality begins in front of the lens, and that is, of course, where the filter is placed. A filter must not impair the performance of the optics.


Those of us who want to shoot photographs successfully and with pleasure should make sure that they have reliable good-quality equipment. The focus should not only be directed toward cameras and lenses, but should also include the little things that are sometimes overlooked as seemingly unimportant. For this reason, the B+W filter range has been expanded to include accessories that, in combination with filters, are necessary and useful.

Is your B+W Filter an original?

Safer authentification with our new character code

In addition to the well-known Schneider-Kreuznach hologram, the security label on the filter packaging also contains a strongly encrypted character code.

Are you unsure whether your filter is an original B+W filter? Check here live with our Authenticity-check 

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