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    Lens design

    Is there a source for how camera lenses were and are designed? Sort of a basic optics primer just because I would like to know.

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    Re: Lens design

    Kingslake's A History of the Photographic Lens is a great read, but is expensive to purchase. Perhaps a local library has it?

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    Re: Lens design

    "Lens Design Fundamentals" by Rudolph Kingslake.

    Basically, until the advent of computers, lens design was a long arduous process - by "long" think months. The computer really did revolutionise lens design and computer aided lens design is an interesting subject in itself. But by all means be sure to learn about how it was done 100 years ago, you'll gain new respect for the classic lens designs.
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    Re: Lens design

    Also, Lenses in Photography, by Rudolph Kingslake.

    Hmmm, I see a pattern forming...
    "I love my Verito lens, but I always have to sharpen everything in Photoshop..."

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    Re: Lens design

    If you go to my blog posting of Sept 22, 2012

    http://www.antiquecameras.net/blog89.html

    You will find a free download - primer - by Kingslake on optics

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    Re: Lens design

    Thank you all, an interesting start

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    Re: Lens design

    Kingslake is a bit basic, there's beefier books like Sidney Ray's Applied Photographic Optics.

    Ian

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    Re: Lens design

    A bit basic is just right, all I need for now but I will keep that in mind.

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    Re: Lens design

    Photographic Optics by Arthur Cox, numerous editions by Focal Press. It is also extremely good for finding the design of a specific lens.Lots of diagrams. It is an oldish book so it is really looking at pre early 1970's lens designs.

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    CB Neblette also wrote some good books on lens design. Here is a free source http://collectiblend.com/Library/Pho...s_Neblette.php

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