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

    Photography (Voigtlander)

    Rating (28 reviews):
    (4.1/5)
    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

    Soft Copy - test it thoroughly

    2/5 iPPK - 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) The Optical Quality of the lens I received was very soft when used with Fotasy Leica M to Sony E Converter. Build Quality is great and love on Sony Aplha 7II. Focus is not very smooth and can get locked at times especially when you have a subject in front of you.Will not recommend this lens for any kind of event as it is slow to manual focus and getting stuck.On Sony Alpha II I was disappointed even with manual focus confirmation several times. Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , September 2, 2016
    List Price: $449.00
    Extremely fast f/1.4
    All metal lens barrel
    10-bladed aperture diaphragm creates very pleasing out-of-focus highlights


  • Voigtlander

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

    Photography (Voigtlander)

    Rating (4 reviews):
    (4.4/5)
    Voigtlander

    Beautiful Image but Heavy

    4/5 K. Bryant (Redding Ca.) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Voigtlander Nokton 10.5mm f/0.95 Manual Focus Lens for Micro 4/3 Mount (Electronics) I love the images I get from my Voigtlander lenses... I own the 10.5mm & 25mm. I use them on a Panasonic GH4 to film both narratives and documentaries. I was hoping to use the 10.5 on a Came-TV Single but have found it way too heavy for most small single handed gimbals to handle... I get a lot of gimbal shake even when perfectly balance. I've gone back to using my Panasonic 12-35mm for my gimbal. Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , November 6, 2016

    this lens its amazing, it cut my exposure time in night photography ...

    5/5 ADRIAN (Costa Rica) - See all my reviews, October 16, 2016

    Despite some critics...

    4/5 DBB - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Voigtlander Nokton 10.5mm f/0.95 Manual Focus Lens for Micro 4/3 Mount (Electronics) Received this lens yesterday as I have been obsessing over a 10mm (super wide) angle lens for my lens bag since 2010. Keep in mind that while this new lens of mine was in the midst of being delivered I stumbled upon some photo sample complaints that the image was not tack sharp wide open at f/0.95. I figured that the high resolution mode would help. In my opinion it does help somewhat - but then again I don't think anyone buying a photo would take a magnifying glass to it, possibly in a photo competition. While being sharp is important to me, it is more important that it lets in a lot of light since I'm more focused on natural light photography at the moment. Besides, I can do some lens corrections in post processing., July 29, 2015
    List Price: $1,099.00
    21mm Equivalent Field of View on full frame 35mm format
    Superwide Superfast f/.95
    Manual focus with selective aperture control for video or stills
    The fastest 10.5mm M43 lens you can buy


  • Voigtlander

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

    Photography (Voigtlander)

    Rating (19 reviews):
    (4.4/5)
    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

    Beautiful craftsmanship

    5/5 Kambiz Nazir (Summit) - 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) The build quality is amazing. This lens is not a leica but for leica cameras. It feels expensive in the hand. Solid build, Smooth focus ring. The glass is spotless and the aperture blades (9 of them) are perfectly aligned. I will write a follow up review after I have used it for film photography. Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , December 13, 2015
    List Price: $599.99
    Edge-to-edge sharpness remarkable
    M-mount lens perfect for Leica M8
    Available in multi-coated and single-coated versions
    Does not include lens shade
    Extremely compact design produces fantastic combination of size, speed, and price


  • Voigtlander

    Voigtlander Super Wide Heliar 15mm f/4.5 M Mount Aspherical III Lens for Digital Cameras, Manual Focus

    Photography (Voigtlander)

    Rating (10 reviews):
    (4.8/5)
    Voigtlander

    Affordable, distortion-free, sharp, and compact, but prone to chromatic aberrations.

    This lens is a very good lens for both the Leica M mount cameras and full frame mirrorless cameras (Sony alpha 7 series). The level of distortion is remarkably low for a super-wide lens. The sharpness is generally decent, but on certain digital sensors (Sony a7r, for instance) the corners of the images may be slightly "smeared out" due to coma. The main weakness of this lens are strong lateral chromatic aberrations that manifest in green-magenta fringes around areas of high contrast near the edges. There is also strong vignetting.Unlike versions I and II, though, there is no colour shifting, as this lens has been optimized for digital sensors. Like other Voigtlaender lenses, the super wide Heliar has excellent metal construction. As it has little or no distortion, it is particularly suitable for architectural photography.The only comparable for Leica M mount are the $4600 Zeiss Distagon ZM 15mm f/2.8 lens and maybe the $2800 Leica Super Elmar M 18mm... 4/5 Daniel Lu - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Voigtlander Super Wide Heliar 15mm f/4.5 M Mount Aspherical III Lens for Digital Cameras, Manual Focus (Electronics) This lens is a very good lens for both the Leica M mount cameras and full frame mirrorless cameras (Sony alpha 7 series). The level of distortion is remarkably low for a super-wide lens. The sharpness is generally decent, but on certain digital sensors (Sony a7r, for instance) the corners of the images may be slightly "smeared out" due to coma. The main weakness of this lens are strong lateral chromatic aberrations that manifest in green-magenta fringes around areas of high contrast near the edges. There is also strong vignetting.Unlike versions I and II, though, there is no colour shifting, as this lens has been optimized for digital sensors. Like other Voigtlaender lenses, the super wide Heliar has excellent metal construction. As it has little or no distortion, it is particularly suitable for architectural photography.The only comparable for Leica M mount are the $4600 Zeiss Distagon ZM 15mm f/2.8 lens and maybe the $2800 Leica Super Elmar M 18mm... Read more, November 19, 2015

    Waterfall at Ricketts Glen State Park shot with the Voigtlander 15mm f4.5 on Sony A7Rii ©2015 Luca DiCecco

    5/5 LDinVA - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Voigtlander Super Wide Heliar 15mm f/4.5 M Mount Aspherical III Lens for Digital Cameras, Manual Focus (Electronics) Great little lens. Solidly built and smooth to operate. Using it on a Sony A7Rii with VM-E Close Focus Adapter and so far the results are super!, November 16, 2015

    What an awesome lens!

    5/5 Louie C. (LONG BEACH, CA, US) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Voigtlander Super Wide Heliar 15mm f/4.5 M Mount Aspherical III Lens for Digital Cameras, Manual Focus (Electronics) This lens is great. The aperture dial clicks smoothly, but firmly. The tactile feel of the dial is perfect. The image quality is better than the previous versions. Vignetting is still present, but is way less pronounced compared to previous versions, and disappears around f/8. Being a f/4.5 aperture, I was not expecting great results handheld in low light without high ISO, but I knew that going in. I shoot landscapes with a tripod, and this is great. I am using it on a Sony a7ii with a metabones adapter, and I am extremely satisfied with the results. The complete setup is a compact package with great image quality. So far, I love it. Aesthetically, this lens is second to none. It looks great! Pick it up, you won't be disappointed! Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , April 5, 2016
    List Price: $699.00
    New Version III introduced March 2015 to correct color fringing on digital bodies
    15/4.5 M Mount Lens f/4.5 to f/22, half click aperture stops
    Use Voigtlander VM to NEX Close UP adapter for Sony A7 bodies
    11 elements in 9 groups - one Aspherical element
    Built in lens hood


  • 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
    Rangefinder Coupled for All Leica M Mount Cameras
    Easily Adaptable to All Sony NEX, M43, and Fuji X cameras with proper adapter
    Fast 75/1.8 Portrait Lens


  • Voigtlander

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

    Photography (Voigtlander)
    List Price: $1,099.00

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


  • Voigtlander

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

    Photography (Voigtlander)
    List Price: $899.00

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


  • Voigtlander

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

    Photography (Voigtlander)

    Rating (21 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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