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J.L. Kennedy
26-Sep-1999, 22:21
Is there anywhere that I can get a not too technical description different LF le nse types? I would like to get a good general knowledge of different types of l enses, their advantages and disadvantages, the difference between a infinity apo chromatic and a flat-field apochromatic, what's an angulon, etc. etc.

Bob Salomon
26-Sep-1999, 23:09
Well if you supply us with your address we will send you the complete Rodenstock lens specs including coverage MTF, color curves and distortion curves.

If you ask Schneider they will also.

It will be harder to get this type of information for other manufacturers.

Roger Rouch
26-Sep-1999, 23:56
This might give you some information. http://www.hevanet.com/cperez/index.html http://www.graflex.org/lenses/lens-spec.html There is more information on lenses at the LF photography home page. http://www.cs.berkeley.edu/~qtluong/photography/lf/ Don't know exactly what you're looking for, but it's a start.

Alan Gibson
27-Sep-1999, 07:38
Schneider have lots of info on their web site: http://www.schneideroptics.com/ (http://www.schneideroptics.com/). Some of it is rather technical, but they explain the terms in the white papers.

Sean Billy Bob Boy yates
27-Sep-1999, 12:33
Both Calumet Photo and B&H have catalogs with general lens specs. They're free also. www.calumetphoto.com and I can't recall B&H's URL but you want their Professional Photographers Resource Guide (i.e. catalog). ALso, Ron Wisner has written articles about the various lens designs and their formulas, histories, etc. www.wisner.com has some of them.

Masayoshi Hayashi
27-Sep-1999, 12:33
If my memory is correct, A User's Guide to the View Camera by Jim Stone has a brief introduction of LF lens history. Check it out at a local library. Also check out a related thread at photo.net (http://photo.net/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg.tcl?msg_id=000YQ3). I'll add more if I find any related book.

Ellis Vener
27-Sep-1999, 18:16
Over the past two years View Camera magazine has run a series of articles on lens designs from nearly the beginning of photography to the present time.

Skip Abadie
29-Sep-1999, 00:11
Steve Simmons in his book "Using the View Camera" provides an excellent general discussion of different lens types, coverage, focal lengths, focusing, DOF, relative strengths and weaknesses, etc.

Masayoshi Hayashi
29-Sep-1999, 12:12
The best bet for your purpose might be A History of the Photographic Lens (1989) by Rudolf Kingslake The part of the following book has mostly the same information as the one above. This book is a little bit more technical than that but still readable for a non-scientist. Applied Photographic Optics : Lenses & Optical Systems for Photography, Film, Video & Electronic Imaging (1996) 2nd Edition by Sidney F. Ray I've never seen the following book but probably very similar to the above without Flim, Video and Electronic sections. Photographic Lenses and Optics (1994) BY Sidney F. Ray

Masayoshi Hayashi
20-Oct-1999, 12:44
Here is <href ="http://www.greenspun.com/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg.tcl?msg_id=001EOj">another one</a>. The contribution by Pat is very helpful.

Alan Gibson
20-Oct-1999, 23:21
That last post should have had a link to http://www.greenspun.com/bboard/q-and-a-fetch- msg.tcl?msg_id=001EOj.