A History of the Photographic Lens

A History of the Photographic Lens

Book - 1989
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The lens is generally the most expensive and least understood part of any camera. In this book, Rudolf Kingslake traces the historical development of the various types of lenses from Daguerre's invention of photography in 1839 through lenses commonly used today.
From an early lens still being manufactured for use in low-cost cameras to designs made possible through such innovations as lens coating, rare-earth glasses, and computer aided lens design and testing, the author details each major advance in design and fabrication. The book explains how and why each new lens type was developed, and why most of them have since been abandoned. This authoritative history of lens technology also includes brief biographies of several outstanding lens designers and manufacturers of the past.
Publisher: Boston : Academic Press, c1989.
ISBN: 9780124086401
Branch Call Number: 771.352 K55
Characteristics: xi, 334 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.


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Apr 28, 2015

This book provides an interesting look at the development of photographic lenses. The book does not provide a history of photography, just the lenses. The book assumes some a priori knowledge of lenses and their structure. Worth it for camera aficionados.

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