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334 pages

A History of the Photographic Lens

Creator: Rudolf Kingslake | Science - 1989

In 1 870 the aperture of the Dallmeyer type was raised to//2.37 by H. F. A. Zincke- Sommer,8 half-brother of F. R. von Voigtlander (Fig. 3.6). In 1858 Dallmeyer himself had achieved a similar aperture in the little lens used by Thomas Skaife in ...

Publisher: Academic Press

About this book
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.



787 pages

Hetty H. Greene & Edward H. Greene, in Equity, Vs. Thomas Mandell and Others

Creator: United States. Supreme Court, Hetty Howland Robinson Green, Thomas M. Stetson | 1868

Moving along with these preliminary matters, what is the difference in the structure of the Voigtlander lens and the globe lens? Ans. The Voigtlander lens consists of two lenses, with a large aperture, arranged to each other for the purpose of ...


The Journal and Transactions of the Photographic Society of Great Britain

Photography - 1859

The Chairman intimated that the letter was read as being the opinion of the writer, and not as the opinion of the Society, and hoped to have the advantage of the observations of M. Voigtlander and others. The subject of lenses is one upon ...


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The Voigtlander 50 1.5 Aspherical VM Lens Review – STEVE ...
A full review with many image samples from the Voigtlander 50 1.5 Nokton Vm Classic on the Leica M 240. See how this lens performs at 1.4 the cost of the Leica

The Voigtlander 42.5 f/0.95 Micro 4/3 Lens Review – STEVE ...
The Voigtlander 42.5 f/0.95 Micro 4/3 Lens Review By Steve Huff Thanks to Camera Quest for sending me this lens one day before it was even released so I

25mm Prime Lens Test (Panasonic 25mm 1.4 vs Voigtlander ...
Comparing two Micro four thirds lenses for all you Olympus and Panasonic users. The Panasonic 25mm 1.4 vs the Voigtlander .95. Both great lenses with a ...

Voigtländer Lens Tests - KenRockwell.com
Voigtländer 12mm f/5.6 ASPH. 2000-today, filter adapter needed for 77mm filters, 173g. It's a screw-mount lens, so be sure to get a screw-mount adapter for use on M ...

Voigtländer - Wikipedia
Voigtländer Heliar Lens Article; http://www.voigtlaender.com/ Voigtländer Historical Lenses; Complete list of all Voigtländer cameras and their images


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  • Voigtlander

    Voigtlander Color-Skopar 21mm f/4.0 Pancake Lens with Leica M Mount - Black

    Photography (Voigtlander)

    Rating (7 reviews):
    (4.7/5)
    Voigtlander

    Excellent value 21mm lens for Leica

    I am in the process of selling this lens in favor of the Zeiss 18mm f/4, yet still I have a very high opinion of it.Here's the good:-This lens is very sharp. Central sharpness is great even wide open at f/4. Stopped down to f/8, sharpness across the frame is competitive with the 21mm Summilux (which I tried on loan) in a 13x19" print from my Canon PIXMA Pro-100. Unlike the Summilux, there is little to no purple fringing with the Color Skopar.-There is little distortion. A bit of barrel. Again, comparable to the Leicas in this respect.-It's crazy small and light. Half the weight of the f/3.4 Super Elmar.-It's inexpensive. Only 14% of the Super Elmar price.-It has excellent build quality, a small, built-in hood, and takes regular 39mm filters-It has a minimum focus distance of just 0.5mNow for the bad:-It's has less edge sharpness than the Leica lenses - noticeable when... 5/5 Kon Peki (Boston, MA USA) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Voigtlander Color-Skopar 21mm f/4.0 Pancake Lens with Leica M Mount - Black (Camera) I am in the process of selling this lens in favor of the Zeiss 18mm f/4, yet still I have a very high opinion of it.Here's the good:-This lens is very sharp. Central sharpness is great even wide open at f/4. Stopped down to f/8, sharpness across the frame is competitive with the 21mm Summilux (which I tried on loan) in a 13x19" print from my Canon PIXMA Pro-100. Unlike the Summilux, there is little to no purple fringing with the Color Skopar.-There is little distortion. A bit of barrel. Again, comparable to the Leicas in this respect.-It's crazy small and light. Half the weight of the f/3.4 Super Elmar.-It's inexpensive. Only 14% of the Super Elmar price.-It has excellent build quality, a small, built-in hood, and takes regular 39mm filters-It has a minimum focus distance of just 0.5mNow for the bad:-It's has less edge sharpness than the Leica lenses - noticeable when... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , July 13, 2014

    Way better than you'd expect

    4/5 Brad W (NYC) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Voigtlander Color-Skopar 21mm f/4.0 Pancake Lens with Leica M Mount - Black (Camera) This lens if fantastic. It performs really well, but where it really shines is in how compact it is. I'm used to F/4 lenses because I also have a mamiya 7II, and honestly I'd rather have quality over speed more of the time anyway. This thing easily fits in a pocket, and it's 21mm....just an awesome value. I wish Leica made something this cool. Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , January 21, 2013

    Fantastic!

    5/5 Thomas B. Barker (Rochester, NY) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Voigtlander Color-Skopar 21mm f/4.0 Pancake Lens with Leica M Mount - Black (Camera) Fantastic sharp lens. Very nicely designed and ergonomic f-stop and focus grips. Sure beats the Leica lenses for price and quality. Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , July 11, 2016
    List Price: $419.00


  • Voigtlander

    Voigtlander Nokton 17.5mm f/0.95 Manual Focus Lens for Micro 4/3 Mount

    Photography (Voigtlander)
    List Price: $899.00

    For ALL M43 Cameras
    Super Fast Sharp 17.5 f/.95 Nokton Lens
    Equivalent to a 35 field of view on a 35mm camera.


  • Voigtlander

    Voigtlander Ultron 40mm f/2 SL-II Aspherical Compact Pancake Manual Focus Normal Lens for Nikon Film & Digital Cameras

    Photography (Voigtlander)
    List Price: $449.00

    Nikon AIS mount
    CPU matrix metering for full meter compatibility with current digital SLR's
    Manual focus lens with fully compatible metering
    Lets you control the F stop from the camera (set the aperture ring to f/22)
    Two Aspherical Elements


  • Voigtlander

    Voigtlander Nokton 40mm f/1.4 Wide Angle Leica M Mount Fixed Lens - Black

    Photography (Voigtlander)

    Rating (28 reviews):
    (4.2/5)
    Voigtlander

    40mm + a7 = Nice results!

    5/5 A. R. Rodriguez (Mexico) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Voigtlander Nokton 40mm f/1.4 Wide Angle Leica M Mount Fixed Lens - Black (Camera) Excellent little lens. Feels very well constructed and the results with my Sony ILCE-7 (A7)are looking pretty amazing. The smallest focus distance is 0.7, with the new helicoid adapters it's suppose to go to a smaller distance of 0.2. You can correct the vignetting in Lightroom under Profiles, choose Sony FE, 35mm FE., February 8, 2015

    Awesome Purchase!!!

    Ok. If you are buying this lens, you probably know that it's a cost-effective alternative to Leica glass. With that in mind, I have been shooting this lens a lot on my Sony A7ii using a basic Fotasy adaptor(which isn't too bad at all, and gets the job done for cheap.) The lens itself has a very cool appearance physically, which I like a lot! The shots also have a very unique look that I would say isn't really duplicated with other glass. I would consider this lens best for portraits.Sharpness: I'll admit, it is a tad soft wide open, but this sacrifice comes at the benefit of giving a beautiful subject separation. The focused subjects in the photos somehow have a 'pop' to them. from F1.4 to F2 It's not clinical sharp like Leica glass, or Canon L, or Sigma Art, but I'm ok with that. AT like F2.8 and above, it can get really sharp. I have some shots that have surprised me at the sharpness as aperture is stepped down.Color: Beautiful color, People have great skin... 4/5 Blayne - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Voigtlander Nokton 40mm f/1.4 Wide Angle Leica M Mount Fixed Lens - Black (Camera) Ok. If you are buying this lens, you probably know that it's a cost-effective alternative to Leica glass. With that in mind, I have been shooting this lens a lot on my Sony A7ii using a basic Fotasy adaptor(which isn't too bad at all, and gets the job done for cheap.) The lens itself has a very cool appearance physically, which I like a lot! The shots also have a very unique look that I would say isn't really duplicated with other glass. I would consider this lens best for portraits.Sharpness: I'll admit, it is a tad soft wide open, but this sacrifice comes at the benefit of giving a beautiful subject separation. The focused subjects in the photos somehow have a 'pop' to them. from F1.4 to F2 It's not clinical sharp like Leica glass, or Canon L, or Sigma Art, but I'm ok with that. AT like F2.8 and above, it can get really sharp. I have some shots that have surprised me at the sharpness as aperture is stepped down.Color: Beautiful color, People have great skin... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , July 11, 2016

    Perfect walk around prime

    5/5 Bart - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Voigtlander Nokton 40mm f/1.4 Wide Angle Leica M Mount Fixed Lens - Black (Camera) This lens has not left my Sony A7 since I received it. Previously I was switching between the Sony FE 35f2.8 and a Canon fd 50f1.4. It's as small as the 35, as fast as the 50, and the focal length is a perfect compromise between the two. I was planning on keeping the 35 for its autofocus ability, but more and more I'm thinking about selling it. I'm seeing a few people say it's soft wide open, and while it's certainly softest at f1.4, I wouldn't hesitate to use it at that aperture.Great lens overall, I couldn't be more satisfied. This purchase has essentially killed any gear lust I previously had, and I find that very refreshing. Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , June 12, 2015
    List Price: $449.00
    All metal lens barrel
    10-bladed aperture diaphragm creates very pleasing out-of-focus highlights
    Extremely fast f/1.4


  • Voigtlander

    Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f/1.4 Wide Angle Leica M Mount Lens - Black

    Photography (Voigtlander)

    Rating (19 reviews):
    (4.5/5)
    Voigtlander

    Excellent lens

    I use this lens on my NEX-5. It's a wonderfully small combination. Mechanical construction is really good. Everything operates very smoothly. As other reviewers have said, this lens is not razor sharp wide open but ask yourself the question: does any other lens give you f1.4 with good performance in this small size at this price point? All the other better 35mm f1.4 primes are either more expensive (a Leica summilux costs a few grands) or bigger in size (SLR lenses) that makes the NEX look like a monster. I'm very pleased with this lens' performance wide open so far although I have to say you do not get the full 1 stop from f2 to f1.4. It's more like 0.7 stop (I measured it). Field curvature is also an issue although I think you won't be concerned too much with corner performance at large apertures. The f1.4 aperture, good high ISO of the NEX (3200 ISO is very good and 6400 usable) makes it possible to shoot in very very low light. the NEX also has another trick up its sleeve called... 5/5 M. Nguyen (Portand, OR) - See all my reviews, July 24, 2011

    Amazing bokeh, focal length, colours, and sharpness

    I use this with an m-to-e-mount adapter mounted on my NEX-5. I do not have experience with original Leica lens. So I do not know how it compares with Leica. My review is based on my experience with other Sony and Canon glass.Pros:- 35mm is ideal focal length for me when mounted on my NEX5. Its near 50mm range making it a great walkabout lens- So small with NEX5- Blends with NEX5 metal body and black colour- Nice creamy Bokeh (Rendering of out of focus objects)- Very flattering portraits- Sharp- Great Colours- Amazing skin tones- Well designed aperture ring, and focus ring- Just amazing glass- The coating on the glass looks pretty convincing that Voigtlander didn't spare any expense in delivering a great lens- Hold one to know its build quality. Feels solidCons:I really can't think of any. My experience with photography is with AF lenses. The NEX5 MF Assist is the only way I can focus... 5/5 Manny V (Vancouver Canada) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f/1.4 Wide Angle Leica M Mount Lens - Black (Accessory) I use this with an m-to-e-mount adapter mounted on my NEX-5. I do not have experience with original Leica lens. So I do not know how it compares with Leica. My review is based on my experience with other Sony and Canon glass.Pros:- 35mm is ideal focal length for me when mounted on my NEX5. Its near 50mm range making it a great walkabout lens- So small with NEX5- Blends with NEX5 metal body and black colour- Nice creamy Bokeh (Rendering of out of focus objects)- Very flattering portraits- Sharp- Great Colours- Amazing skin tones- Well designed aperture ring, and focus ring- Just amazing glass- The coating on the glass looks pretty convincing that Voigtlander didn't spare any expense in delivering a great lens- Hold one to know its build quality. Feels solidCons:I really can't think of any. My experience with photography is with AF lenses. The NEX5 MF Assist is the only way I can focus... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , February 12, 2011

    Voigtlander 35 f/1.4 for Leica M mount.

    This is more or less your only option for an M mount 35mm f/1.4 lens at this price point. If you're willing to lose a stop and put up with some viewfinder blockage, you can go with the Zeiss 35 f/2 ZM. This Voigtlander is very compact - no finder blockage - and is well built. The aperture stops click soundly, the focus is very smooth and the scale is easy to read. The focus tab make use a breeze on a rangefinder. There IS focus shift, so you're going to have to learn your lens and compensate accordingly. (This doesn't really matter if you're using an EVF on a mirrorless body.) I'd prefer I didn't have to compensate for focus shift, but considering the price point I'm able to live with it. It's relatively soft wide open, cleans up some by f/2, and is pretty sharp by f/2.8. After that it's pretty much a tack. There is some distortion, but it took me about 30 seconds to create a Lightroom profile that took care of it. If you're ultra concerned about your lines, you may want to... 4/5 S. Flask (the Pequod) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f/1.4 Wide Angle Leica M Mount Lens - Black (Accessory) This is more or less your only option for an M mount 35mm f/1.4 lens at this price point. If you're willing to lose a stop and put up with some viewfinder blockage, you can go with the Zeiss 35 f/2 ZM. This Voigtlander is very compact - no finder blockage - and is well built. The aperture stops click soundly, the focus is very smooth and the scale is easy to read. The focus tab make use a breeze on a rangefinder. There IS focus shift, so you're going to have to learn your lens and compensate accordingly. (This doesn't really matter if you're using an EVF on a mirrorless body.) I'd prefer I didn't have to compensate for focus shift, but considering the price point I'm able to live with it. It's relatively soft wide open, cleans up some by f/2, and is pretty sharp by f/2.8. After that it's pretty much a tack. There is some distortion, but it took me about 30 seconds to create a Lightroom profile that took care of it. If you're ultra concerned about your lines, you may want to... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , October 3, 2014
    List Price: $599.99
    Extremely compact design produces fantastic combination of size, speed, and price
    Does not include lens shade
    M-mount lens perfect for Leica M8
    Available in multi-coated and single-coated versions
    Edge-to-edge sharpness remarkable


  • Voigtlander

    Voigtlander Nokton 10.5mm f/0.95 Manual Focus Lens for Micro 4/3 Mount

    Photography (Voigtlander)
    List Price: $1,099.00

    Manual focus with selective aperture control for video or stills
    21mm Equivalent Field of View on full frame 35mm format
    Superwide Superfast f/.95
    The fastest 10.5mm M43 lens you can buy


  • Voigtlander

    Voigtlander Heliar 75mm f/1.8 Lens - Black Chrome

    Photography (Voigtlander)

    Rating (3 reviews):
    (5.0/5)
    Voigtlander

    Beautiful lens

    5/5 Ferdi (MN) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Voigtlander Heliar 75mm f/1.8 Lens - Black Chrome (Camera) Beautiful classic lens. Perfect for portrait with very nice bokeh. I use it with my Sony A7 and Fuji X-E2 with adapter, the results are stunning especially for portrait. If you are fine with manual focusing, this lens is excellent. Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , June 22, 2015

    Nice NEX portrait lens

    Sony makes some great cameras in the NEX series. They even make some pretty good prime lenses up 50mm. That's okay for portraits as it comes to the same angle of view as a 75mm. However, it still has the same neutral compression as a 50 that it really is. The NEX 55-200 is not something I'd use for portraits, so it comes down to third parties to provide portrait lenses.The Voigtlander 75mm comes out to 112.5mm in effective focal length. That's not a standard of any kind but I've used a both a 135mm and a 105mm for portraits in full frame so splitting the difference is just fine, and perfect for tight head and shoulder shots. And this is still a 75mm lens with that very slight compression that can flatter facial features. The Sigma 60mm is a nice lens, too, and probably the best lens for the money I've found for the NEX system, but it only opens to f/2.8 (4.0 full frame equivalent), which doesn't always provide a shallow enough depth of field.The Voigtlander... 5/5 Michael McKee (Port Townsend, WA United States) - See all my reviews This review is from: Voigtlander Heliar 75mm f/1.8 Lens - Black Chrome (Camera) Sony makes some great cameras in the NEX series. They even make some pretty good prime lenses up 50mm. That's okay for portraits as it comes to the same angle of view as a 75mm. However, it still has the same neutral compression as a 50 that it really is. The NEX 55-200 is not something I'd use for portraits, so it comes down to third parties to provide portrait lenses.The Voigtlander 75mm comes out to 112.5mm in effective focal length. That's not a standard of any kind but I've used a both a 135mm and a 105mm for portraits in full frame so splitting the difference is just fine, and perfect for tight head and shoulder shots. And this is still a 75mm lens with that very slight compression that can flatter facial features. The Sigma 60mm is a nice lens, too, and probably the best lens for the money I've found for the NEX system, but it only opens to f/2.8 (4.0 full frame equivalent), which doesn't always provide a shallow enough depth of field.The Voigtlander... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , May 5, 2014

    Sharp, sharp. Check the images

    5/5 C. Griffin (Daytona Beach, Fla) - See all my reviews This review is from: Voigtlander Heliar 75mm f/1.8 Lens - Black Chrome (Camera) I have many Canon lenses and cameras to match. I've begun using Sony A7R and A7S cameras for the novelty of using my Canon lenses with adapters on the Sonys. I liked the results but I found it far easier to use the manual focus mode rather than the slow-working autofocus feature. Since I have no problem, coming from the bygone days of all manual film cameras, with manual lenses, I began trying rangefinder lenses, starting with Voigtlanders. The 75mm Heliar Classic f1.8, using a Leica mount adapter on a Sony full frame sensor is simply stunning. As with any specialty lens you want to see its capabilities wide open and, since this is a good focal length for portraits, you want to check critical focus. Assuming that production lenses are equal, you will love this lens. See the photos. Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , January 20, 2015
    List Price: $699.00
    Easily Adaptable to All Sony NEX, M43, and Fuji X cameras with proper adapter
    Rangefinder Coupled for All Leica M Mount Cameras
    Fast 75/1.8 Portrait Lens


  • Voigtlander

    Voigtlander Nokton 50mm f/1.1 Leica M Mount Lens - Black

    Photography (Voigtlander)
    List Price: $899.00

    Construction: 6 Groups/ 7 Elements
    It includes front & Rear Caps, Hood
    Filter Size: 58mm


  • Voigtlander

    Voigtlander Heliar-Hyper Wide 10mm f/5.6 Aspherical Lens for Sony E Mount Camera

    Photography (Voigtlander)
    List Price: $1,099.00

    Minimum Focus .3m, 375 grams, two aspherical elements
    Provides EXIF, manual focus assist, 5 axis stablization, lens correction data
    Compact, exceptionally well corrected and practically distortion free
    Selective Aperture Control for clickless video operation
    World's first rectilinear 10mm lens for full frame format


  • Voigtlander

    Voigtlander VM-E Close Focus Adapter for VM-Mount Lens to Sony E-Mount Camera

    Photography (Voigtlander)

    Rating (19 reviews):
    (4.9/5)
    Voigtlander

    Tremendous utility to adapter you M lenses to the E mount

    At first I was indecisive to the value of this adapter seeing it's more expensive than the others, but after some use I have found this is a tremendous accessory for my Sony camera. It allows my Leica lenses to focus even closer than they do on a Leica body which greatly improves the utility of each lens, in fact sometimes halving the minimum focal distance. I have tried some cheaper products, the fit and finish of this Voigtlander adapter is second to none. The Leica lenses fit nice and snug onto this adapter onto the Sony body with no play or light leaks that I can see. The helical focus mechanism is also very precise and has just the right amount of resistance. The only thing I do not like about this product is the infinity focus switch is very small and when both mounted onto a camera with a lens attach it's hard to switch quickly; perhaps I need to get used to it, but I have to take my eyes off the viewfinder to find the switch it. Otherwise this adapter is excellent I would... 5/5 ran (New York, NY USA) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Voigtlander VM-E Close Focus Adapter for VM-Mount Lens to Sony E-Mount Camera (Accessory) At first I was indecisive to the value of this adapter seeing it's more expensive than the others, but after some use I have found this is a tremendous accessory for my Sony camera. It allows my Leica lenses to focus even closer than they do on a Leica body which greatly improves the utility of each lens, in fact sometimes halving the minimum focal distance. I have tried some cheaper products, the fit and finish of this Voigtlander adapter is second to none. The Leica lenses fit nice and snug onto this adapter onto the Sony body with no play or light leaks that I can see. The helical focus mechanism is also very precise and has just the right amount of resistance. The only thing I do not like about this product is the infinity focus switch is very small and when both mounted onto a camera with a lens attach it's hard to switch quickly; perhaps I need to get used to it, but I have to take my eyes off the viewfinder to find the switch it. Otherwise this adapter is excellent I would... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , November 27, 2016

    Accurate and smooth

    5/5 Sean Lancaster (east grand rapids, mi United States) - See all my reviews, April 29, 2014

    This is the one you want!

    5/5 Alex (Denver, CO, United States) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Voigtlander VM-E Close Focus Adapter for VM-Mount Lens to Sony E-Mount Camera (Accessory) I purchased 3 different adapters of varying price levels to see what the difference was.To my surprise, even some of other expensive adapters were poorly built, and had a lot of play between the lens and adapter.However, this one works perfectly with my Summicron 50mm and Summicron 35mm. The "close focus" functionality also works wonderfully, and provides new flexibility and creative possibilities with my trusty Leica lenses.This probably costs more than you wanted to spend on an adapter, but it's a well made adapter, it's better than the competition, and so therefore I'd highly reccomend it. Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , March 21, 2017
    List Price: $309.00


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