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Thread: Liquid lens

  1. #1

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    Apr 2008

    Liquid lens

    Well how about that? Someone buy it and lets see some photos with it!

    Anyone experimented on liquid lenses? I tried ones, just by filling a sphere shaped bottle with water.. only shot one frame, didn't have a proper way to fasten it to a lensboard. I think something like purified gasoline or lighter fluid would be better than water anyway.

    After the experiment, i googled and found one water lens.. it was made of two half sphere elements with the air space filled with water.

    Sutton's Patent Panoramic Water Lens, 1859

  2. #2

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    Nov 2007
    Nuremberg Germany

    Re: Liquid lens

    Quote Originally Posted by monkeymon View Post
    Well how about that? Someone buy it and lets see some photos with it!
    Without the oil it's a Petzval lens.

    Kingslake mentioned Dr Grün's lens as a joke.

  3. #3

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    May 2006
    Westminster, MD

    Re: Liquid lens

    Very cool.
    When I grow up, I want to be a photographer.

  4. #4
    Big Negs Rock!
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    Mar 2000

    Re: Liquid lens

    Fill it with KY Jelly (un-flavored and un-colored). It is optically clear and it's water soluble.
    Mark Woods

    Large Format B&W
    Cinematography Mentor at the American Film Institute
    Past President of the Pasadena Society of Artists
    Director of Photography
    Pasadena, CA

  5. #5

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    Sep 2007

    Re: Liquid lens

    Or fill it with napalm jelly, and stick a fuse in it....

  6. #6

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    Aug 2008

    Re: Liquid lens

    The Sutton's Panoramic in your picture was a truly new design with spectacular properties at its time (at 125° coverage it is quite a wide wide angle even by modern standards), and even though its issues meant that it never became a success, it pioneered wide angle design as a whole.

    Dr. Grüns "invention" on the other hand is a mere gimmick, a fourty year younger variation on a already severely outdated design (and a stupid one at that - its critics claimed that the dry lens outperformed the liquid filled one).

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