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334 pages

A history of the photographic lens

Creator: Rudolf Kingslake | Photography - 1989-10-28

In 1 870 the aperture of the Dallmeyer type was raised to//2.37 by HFA Zincke- Sommer,8 half-brother of FR 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 Pr

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.


Complete Self-instructing Library of Practical Photography: At-home portraiture, flashlight, interiors, lenses

Creator: American School of Art and Photography, Scranton, Pa | 1909

VOIGTLANDER LENSES. 860. During many years of productive activity, Voigt- lander & Sohn have not only furnished an endless number of lenses, all of the highest type of their times, commanding the highest prices of any photographic ...



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Hetty H. Robinson, in equity, vs. Thomas Mandell, et al, arguments of Hon. T. D. Eliot, and T. M. Stetson, esq. for respondents

Creator: Thomas Dawes Eliot, Hetty Howland Robinson Green, Thomas M. Stetson | 1867

Bides against the Voigtlander lens, not our Voigtlander lens ; yet if we had taken our very lens out of its camera and brought it into Court, and any convenience was found in its use for inspecting documents, the Court would not ...


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Just checking out the Voigtlander 50 1.5 VM Leica mount lens and wow is it GORGEOUS. This video is sort of screwed up as i used a go pro and I was too ...


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  • Voigtlander

    Voigtlander Heliar 75mm f/1.8 Lens

    Photography (Voigtlander)

    Rating (1 reviews):
    (5.0/5)
    Voigtlander

    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 "mystic cowboy" (Port Townsend, WA United States) - See all my reviews, May 5, 2014


  • Voigtlander

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

    Photography (Voigtlander)

    Rating (7 reviews):
    (4.9/5)
    Voigtlander

    Voigtlander Value

    0 5/5 V "Beach Bum" (Harvey Cedars, NJ) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Voigtlander Nokton 40mm f/1.4 Wide Angle Leica M Mount Lens - Black (Accessory) I've used this lens on my Leica MP, M9, and Olympus Pen EP-2. This is a quality built, smooth focusing lens. The tab on the lens gives you a Leica like performance. I bought the multi coated version, not the single coated one. Make sure you know which one you're buying. Flare is well controlled with the MC version. Lens is great for portrait on the Pen, giving you an 80mm reach with the micro 4/3 sensor. MP shooting B&W is really nice with this lens. M9 has some issues with matching up with this lens, but it's doable. Bit of vignetting using this lens on the M9. Otherwise it shoots sharp. This lens is a keeper. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , October 12, 2010

    One of the best fast Leica M-mount moderate wide angle lenses

    Voigtlander has caused quite a sensation over the past few years for users of 35mm rangefinder cameras, with its relatively inexpensive line of cameras and lenses. Most of the lenses have been praised for their excellent performance at a price far lower than equivalent Leica glass. Without question, one of the optical jewels in the Voigtlander line is the recently introduced 40mm f1.4 Nokton, which has received lavish praise in many photographic magazines, including Popular Photography. On the internet I have read that some users regard this lens as opticially superior to the venerable 40mm f2 Summicron and 40mm f2 Rokkor lenses made for the Leica CL, Leitz/Minolta CL and Minolta CLE rangefinder cameras over twenty years ago. The Popular Photography test report showed that this lens is quite an impressive performer with superb contrast and resolution, on par with the most recent non-aspherical version of the venerable Leica 35mm Summicron; I suspect that only the Zeiss 35mm Biogon is... 5/5 John Kwok (New York, NY USA) - See all my reviews, March 22, 2006

    A Tricky Wonder

    0 4/5 Amazon Customer - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Voigtlander Nokton 40mm f/1.4 Wide Angle Leica M Mount Lens - Black (Accessory) This is an excellent lens. I have been using it with an adaptor on the Sony A7.The Pros:-Small & Lightweight.-Beautifully built.-Focusing is smooth and has a small throw, which makes quick focusing easy.-Aperture ring feels solid, and has half stops.-Bright and Beautiful f/1.4.The Cons:-Soft and Glowy wide open. (Might be a pro for some, not for me.)-A little too much vignetting wide open.-A fair amount of CA in some areas.Overall, this lens complements the Sony A7 very well. It keeps the setup lightweight and maintains a small profile. But it doesn't feel cheap, it feels like a solid piece of glass, and helps balance the camera quite well. The 40mm is a nice compromise between 35 and 50 and helped me tackle both wide shots, and some closer subjects as well.I really enjoyed using this lens, and for the price, you're getting a little beauty, if you can live with it's little tricks. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , May 17, 2014
    List Price: $600.00
    10-bladed aperture diaphragm creates very pleasing out-of-focus highlights
    All metal lens barrel
    Extremely fast f/1.4


  • Voigtlander

    Voigtlander Super Wide Heliar 15mm f/4.5 M Mount Lens - Black

    Photography (Voigtlander)
    List Price: $900.00

    Maximum Magnification:
    Closest Focusing Distance: 0.5m
    Construction: 6 Groups/ 8 Elements
    F stop range: f/4.5-22
    Angle of view: 110°


  • Voigtlander

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

    Photography (Voigtlander)

    Rating (12 reviews):
    (4.3/5)
    Voigtlander

    The best 35mm 1.4 for the money.

    The Voigtlander Nokton 35mm 1.4 is the most interesting budget alternative to the famous Leica 35mm LUX, for a little more than 10% of the price, you probably get something like 90% of the performance. Considering what you pay for this lens, there is simply no interesting alternative. You can make life simple and skip to the bottom line, or you can read the details below.Please, don't think of this as a inexpensive lens. ALL 1.4 lenses are in a rarefied territory of exotic ultra fast lenses.Lets talk about what you get and what you do not get for the money in the Voigtlander 35mm 1.4 lens.The defining character of this lens is "FAST". This is a 1.4 lens, you can shoot this lens handheld in dark bars. As far as I am concerned, the number one reason to purchase a 1.4 lens is photographing after sunset, also known as "available darkness" photography. The number two reason is environmental portraits with incredible shallow focus on the subject and a... 4/5 Bo Lorentzen "Photographer" (Los Angeles) - See all my reviews, December 26, 2009

    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

    Appealing lens -- great price

    0 4/5 Michael A. Thomas (CO USA) - See all my reviews, April 22, 2010
    List Price: $1,000.00
    F stop range: F/1.4 to F/15
    Angle of view: 63°
    Maximum Magnification:
    Closest Focusing Distance: 2.3' (0.7M)
    Construction: 6 Groups/ 8 Elements


  • Voigtlander

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

    Photography (Voigtlander)

    Rating (11 reviews):
    (4.5/5)
    Voigtlander

    A challenging personal experience.

    This was the first lens I purchased for my Leica M9 body in September of last year. It was also the only lens I used on that body until I purchased a Summicron M f2/28 and a few more other original Leica Lenses. I bought my Nokton f1.1/50 here. I bought it from the Photo Village.I paid $999.- The delivery was prompt. The initial quality of the lens very impressive.The lens was indeed quite excellent when first used. The depth of field was incredibly narrow and the photographs coming out of the camera were unlike anything I had been able to shoot with any kind of equipment until then.I felt like I had made a great purchase. I could have written a review very comparable to the other one here.There was no other raking I could possibly give this lens but five stars.Focussing was indeed a challenge when shooting wide open, but focussing was somehow my job. I had to learn to refine my ability to match the performance of this apparently very fine and also... 3/5 Bo Lorentzen "Photographer" (Los Angeles) - See all my reviews, January 27, 2011

    90% of the bang for 10% of the money

    This lens is a huge kick in the pants, ultra fast exotic glass, for beer and hotdog prices.This is the FASTEST non-Leica lens currently in production for the M mount system, and it sells for about 10% of the Worlds fastest Lens, this may be all you need to know to make your purchase decision.This lens WILL make you want to go bang your head on a brick wall, it is frustrating, challenging, it will make you look like a idiot again and again.... and when you are ready to give up focusing it... it will deliver pictures like nothing you have ever seen before. A friend of mine bought the lens, gave up, returned the lens, then two weeks bought the lens again... Saying "nothing else render like this lens and I can't live without it". Now you know, so don't come blame me when you buy this lens and find yourself hopelessly addicted to ultra thin focus photography, it is not my fault that you can't focus 1/16 of a inch at 5 feet, its also not the lens's fault, don't buy... 5/5 Older Dog (Connecticut) - See all my reviews This review is from: Voigtlander Nokton 50mm f/1.1 Leica M Mount Lens - Black (Electronics) Bo Lorentzson in his review did a fine job on this lens.I'm a former pro, who in retirement works hard at being an amateur. It sometimes lets me put more pressure on myself than if I were working, something my former colleagues find hard to believe. I'm an avid shooter with an extensive digitized archive that is historically significant for a 10 year period, something I sometimes disassociate from and wonder if that really was me.I came of age at the same time as the Nikon F, roughly 1960 forward. I shot with everything else from 35mm rangefinder to 8x10 and aside from shooting, I collect cameras because I can and I have a special interest in Leicas for a funny reason. I owned one about 1960 and it was just about ideal for unclose news work with a short lens. From there on, the Nikon F took over (you always worked with at least 3 cameras). But I sold the Leica, not because I didn't love the M3, but because I couldn't afford to watch it get beaten up and put... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , December 26, 2009

    A great lens and a great value!

    Bo Lorentzson in his review did a fine job on this lens.I'm a former pro, who in retirement works hard at being an amateur. It sometimes lets me put more pressure on myself than if I were working, something my former colleagues find hard to believe. I'm an avid shooter with an extensive digitized archive that is historically significant for a 10 year period, something I sometimes disassociate from and wonder if that really was me.I came of age at the same time as the Nikon F, roughly 1960 forward. I shot with everything else from 35mm rangefinder to 8x10 and aside from shooting, I collect cameras because I can and I have a special interest in Leicas for a funny reason. I owned one about 1960 and it was just about ideal for unclose news work with a short lens. From there on, the Nikon F took over (you always worked with at least 3 cameras). But I sold the Leica, not because I didn't love the M3, but because I couldn't afford to watch it get beaten up and put... 5/5 0, January 16, 2012
    List Price: $2,000.00
    Filter Size: 58mm
    It includes front & Rear Caps, Hood
    Construction: 6 Groups/ 7 Elements


  • Voigtlander

    Voigtlander 25mm f/0.95 V2 Nokton Manual Focus Lens for Micro 4/3 Mount

    Photography (Voigtlander)

    Rating (18 reviews):
    (4.8/5)
    Voigtlander

    Satisfying to use if you're into manual lens

    I was thrilled when this lens came out. This is a pricey lens so I did lots of research before deciding to get one.This lens is perhaps the sturdiest lens even for the Micro Four Thirds system. It's full metal body is built like a tank, but all that metal puts the weight at 410g. Regardless of your camera body, it's going to be front heavy.The lens cap can be a bit loose. It can come off accidentally if you hit the latch. Mine dropped while I was crossing the road as I hit my hand against it. Luckily there's no traffic and I managed to pick it up. Just be careful of the lens cap.On the lens are the aperture ring and manual focus ring.The aperture ring starts at f/0.95 and increases by half a stop incrementally until f/16. The ring is firm but easy to turn.This is a fully manual lens. There's no auto-focus. There's also no electrical contacts so camera would be getting any EXIF data like aperture size, or lens type, but you... 5/5 Parka (Singapore) - See all my reviews, August 6, 2011

    Worth every penny

    This lens is a Micro Four Thirds (MFT) system seller (at least, it did it for me).First, if you really like autofocus and find manual focus intimidating or in general, a drawback, then the Panasonic 25mm f/1.4 Leica DG Summilux Aspherical Lens for Micro 4/3 System is probably a better choice.From photozone reviews, the Leica seems to be sharp wide open, but doesn't get much sharper when stopped down. Vignetting is more pronounced than on the Nokton. The Nokton gets to be sharper than the Leica when stopped down and is a bit more than a stop faster (lets twice as much light through at f/0.95 than the Leica at f/1.4, which means that shutter speeds can be twice as fast - an important advantage in low light).Voigtlander lenses are produced by Cosina, who also produces the modern Zeiss lenses for DSLRs. Their manufacturing is impeccable - these are some of the best built lenses you can find these days. This Nokton is no exception. It comes well packaged... 5/5 Laurentiu Cristofor - See all my reviews, November 20, 2011

    Fantastic Specialty Lens

    This is a great lens. For the price it obviously should be. I am not going to rehash the optical and build characteristics as the top reviewer did an outstanding job of that. The only thing I didn't see mentioned was the purple fringing a bright light sources at wide open apertures. This is common for fast lenses and can be fixed in post. With all of that said, this is a speciality lens. Since it is manual focus, a great application is for shooting video in very low light situations. This would be a difficult low light street shooting lens because of the manual focus and heavy weight. A better option is the Panasonic 25mm f/1.4. That lens is a little over 1 stop slower than this one but the autofocus makes it better in that application. Other reviewers have mentioned the soft corners. All fast lenses are soft in the corners (even the $12K Leica 50 f/.95) and that is part of their charm. Most of the time I am trying to blur or vignette the corners anyway so this aids in... 5/5 shuTTL3bus "shuTTL3bus @gmail .com" (United States) - See all my reviews, October 16, 2011
    List Price: $1,199.99
    Closest Focusing Distance: 5.95" / 0.17m
    Angle of view: 47.6 Degree
    Filter Size: 52mm
    Construction: 8 Groups/ 11 Elements using high reflection glass
    F stop range: f/0.95 - 16


  • Fotodiox Inc.

    Fotodiox Pro Lens Mount Adapter, Leica M Lens to Sony Alpha NEX E-Mount Camera, for Sony Alpha NEX-7, NEX-6, NEX-5N, NEX-5, NEX-C3, NEX-3

    Photography (Fotodiox Inc.)
    List Price: $69.95

    Premium-grade Fotodiox adapter
    Smooth surface for effortless mount
    Infinity focus allowed
    24 Month Manufacturer Warranty
    Anodized aluminum construction


  • Voigtlander

    Voigtlander Nokton 42.5mm f/0.95 Micro Four Thirds Lens

    Photography (Voigtlander)


  • Voigtlander

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

    CE (Voigtlander)

    Lens construction: 13 elements in 9 groups
    Maximum aperture: F/0.95
    Focal length: 17.5mm
    Angle of view (diagonal): 64.6deg.
    Minimum focus distance: 0.15m


  • Consumer Electronics Store

    Fotasy ANLMPro Leica M Lens to Sony NEX E-Mount Camera Adapter, Fits Leica M, Konica Hexar RF, Minolta CL CLE Rokkor, Voigtlander Lens

    Car Audio or Theater (Consumer Electronics Store)

    Allows Leica M Lens to be used on Sony E-Mount NEX camera body.
    Designed for Sony NEX-3 NEX-3C NEX-3N NEX-5 NEX-5C NEX-5N NEX-5R NEX-5T NEX-6 NEX-7 NEX-F3 NEX-VG10
    Fits Leica M lens, CL lens, Ernst Leitz Canada's ELCAN lens, Konica Hexar RF lens, and Minolta CL,
    No Play Locking
    Brand Name: Fotasy


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