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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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  • Voigtlander

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

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    Rating (4 reviews):
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    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

    Precision piece

    0 5/5 wormfarming "David" (London, U.K.) - 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) Bought from Photo Village who gave exceptionally good service and information before the sale, so would not hesitate in recommending them. The Single-Coated version of the lens was bought for use with a Panasonic GH2 so a converter ring is vital to have or to buy. The setting must be changed in the GH2 software to allow the use of this manual lens, and that change was simple but somewhat buried deep down under Custom. It's a beautiful lens and looking forward to many years of enjoying its results. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , May 3, 2011

    Great all rounder

    I have too many lenses. Zeiss, legacy Leitz, CV, and Russian. Many choices... and yet, this is the lens that usually winds up on my camera. I have the MC version, and filed down the flange (easy - instructions on the web, use a metal nail file) so that it brings up the 35mm frame lines on my M9. Fits those lines better than any of my 35s. It is amazingly sharp, even wide open, and only improves as its stopped down. A terrific, small lens for the street -- and, yet shoots great portraits and landscapes. I find it a perfect focal length. There is some barrel distortion and CA when wide open -- but both are easily correctable in PP (I use LR4). I rarely bother, even shooting architecture - you really have to look for it to see it. If you buy it new, you might find the focus stiff. My lens was very stiff and took about a month to work in, playing with it every day. Now, it's lovely. I've read complaints of focus shift -- but I've experienced none whatsoever. Build quality is excellent... 5/5 friedeye - See all my reviews This review is from: Voigtlander Nokton 40mm f/1.4 Wide Angle Leica M Mount Lens - Black (Accessory) I have too many lenses. Zeiss, legacy Leitz, CV, and Russian. Many choices... and yet, this is the lens that usually winds up on my camera. I have the MC version, and filed down the flange (easy - instructions on the web, use a metal nail file) so that it brings up the 35mm frame lines on my M9. Fits those lines better than any of my 35s. It is amazingly sharp, even wide open, and only improves as its stopped down. A terrific, small lens for the street -- and, yet shoots great portraits and landscapes. I find it a perfect focal length. There is some barrel distortion and CA when wide open -- but both are easily correctable in PP (I use LR4). I rarely bother, even shooting architecture - you really have to look for it to see it. If you buy it new, you might find the focus stiff. My lens was very stiff and took about a month to work in, playing with it every day. Now, it's lovely. I've read complaints of focus shift -- but I've experienced none whatsoever. Build quality is excellent... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , July 20, 2013
    List Price: $600.00
    Extremely fast f/1.4
    All metal lens barrel
    10-bladed aperture diaphragm creates very pleasing out-of-focus highlights


  • EzFoto

    EzFoto 39mm Tilted Vented Metal Lens Hood Shade for Leica, Contax Zeiss, Voigtlander Lens

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    Rating (2 reviews):
    (4.5/5)
    EzFoto

    Does the Job.

    0 4/5 flyfishguy - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: EzFoto 39mm Tilted Vented Metal Lens Hood Shade for Leica, Contax Zeiss, Voigtlander Lens (Electronics) Relatively inexpensive, unobtrusive and provides excellent protection for the lens. Well made. Would be glad to get it again, if I needed it. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , March 14, 2014

    the lens hood

    0 5/5 David Wunsch (Lowell ,MA) - See all my reviews, December 14, 2013
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    It can prevent unwanted stray light from entering the lens and ensure no problems with vignetting or motor functions.
    Made of metal, leica style lens hood
    Added benefit of extra protection from accidental impact.
    39mm Tilted Vented Metal Lens Hood Shade for Leica, Contax Zeiss, Voigtlander Lens
    Fit other lens which is with 39mm filter thread


  • Voigtlander

    Voigtlander Micro 4/3 Adapter for using Nikon F Lenses on Micro 4/3 Cameras

    Photography (Voigtlander)

    Rating (7 reviews):
    (4.6/5)
    Voigtlander

    Excellent adapter for old Nikon lenses to new Micro Four Thirds cameras

    This adapter is clearly well-made (in Japan, despite the classic German brand). As shown in my attached customer photos, the solid and well-finished construction includes machined metal lens mount and camera mount flanges: a quality feature not found on some cheaper adapters.Lens and camera fit is slick. As soon as I got it, the first lens I mounted on my was my old f8 500mm Reflex-Nikkor. Amazing: due to the maths of Micro Four Thirds this gives me a compact 1000mm equivalent lens. Document copying and macro work with the 55mm f/3.5 Micro-Nikkor await. There's a bunch of fine old lenses, disused, in black boxes in attics and garages around the world, waiting to be connected to new Micro Four Thirds... 5/5 Grant A Thompson (Australia) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Voigtlander Micro 4/3 Adapter for using Nikon F Lenses on Micro 4/3 Cameras (Accessory) This adapter is clearly well-made (in Japan, despite the classic German brand). As shown in my attached customer photos, the solid and well-finished construction includes machined metal lens mount and camera mount flanges: a quality feature not found on some cheaper adapters.Lens and camera fit is slick. As soon as I got it, the first lens I mounted on my Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 12.1MP Micro Four-Thirds Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera with LUMIX G 20mm f/1.7 Aspherical Lens was my old f8 500mm Reflex-Nikkor. Amazing: due to the maths of Micro Four Thirds this gives me a compact 1000mm equivalent lens. Document copying and macro work with the 55mm f/3.5 Micro-Nikkor await. There's a bunch of fine old lenses, disused, in black boxes in attics and garages around the world, waiting to be connected to new Micro Four Thirds... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , July 18, 2010

    Perfect micro four-thirds Nikon adapter!

    I bought this adapter so I could use my Nikon lenses on my Olympus E-P3 micro four-thirds camera. It works perfectly.Just as I was told, I won't be able to use auto-focus, and the camera won't 'read' the lens settings like it will for an Olympus MFT lens. But in manual mode, focusing and adjusting the shutter speed myself, it works beautifully. I tried it using a Nikon 50mm 1.4, the older model, and it not only takes gorgeous photographs with the E-P3, it also looks awesome.The Voigtlander adapter is built like a prime Nikon lens - metal, solid and built to withstand a nuclear strike. I like that.If you understand manual mode, and have no fear of setting the len's f-stop and focus, along with the camera's ISO, WB, and shutter speed - get this adapter. If, however, all that intimidates you, fair enough. This adapter will either sit unused, or preferably, it will allow you to push your photography to the next level, by ditching 'iAuto' and learning... 5/5 HD_Dude (DC) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Voigtlander Micro 4/3 Adapter for using Nikon F Lenses on Micro 4/3 Cameras (Accessory) I bought this adapter so I could use my Nikon lenses on my Olympus E-P3 micro four-thirds camera. It works perfectly.Just as I was told, I won't be able to use auto-focus, and the camera won't 'read' the lens settings like it will for an Olympus MFT lens. But in manual mode, focusing and adjusting the shutter speed myself, it works beautifully. I tried it using a Nikon 50mm 1.4, the older model, and it not only takes gorgeous photographs with the E-P3, it also looks awesome.The Voigtlander adapter is built like a prime Nikon lens - metal, solid and built to withstand a nuclear strike. I like that.If you understand manual mode, and have no fear of setting the len's f-stop and focus, along with the camera's ISO, WB, and shutter speed - get this adapter. If, however, all that intimidates you, fair enough. This adapter will either sit unused, or preferably, it will allow you to push your photography to the next level, by ditching 'iAuto' and learning... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , February 15, 2012

    Does what it's suppose to do

    0 4/5 Bob F. (Hudson Valley, NY) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Voigtlander Micro 4/3 Adapter for using Nikon F Lenses on Micro 4/3 Cameras (Accessory) Solid piece of construction. I use it to mount several prime Nikkor lenses on an AF-100 Panasonic Video camera and have not had any problems. Comes on and off smoothly both on the AF100 and when separating the Nikkor lenses. Just wish it was a bit cheaper. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , December 31, 2011


  • Gino

    Mount Adapter for Voigtlander Retina DKL Lens to Canon EOS 60D 60D 7D

    Wireless (Gino)

    Net Weight : 113g
    Product Name : Camera Adapter Ring;Type : DKL-EOS
    Adapter Size : 63 x 18 mm / 2.5" x 0.7" (D*H);Material : Copper, Aluminum
    Package Content : 1 x Adapter Ring (Non-OEM)
    Color : Silver Tone, Black


  • Voigtlander

    Voigtlander 21mm f/1.8 Ultron Manual Focus Aspherical Lens for M Mount Cameras, with Built-in Lens Hood

    Photography (Voigtlander)

    13 elements in 11 groups with Aspherical lens
    Manual Focus only but Smoothly and Perfectly focusing
    Lenshood included (non-detachable)
    Full Metal Barrel with high stiffness and durability
    10 aperture blades brings you a beautiful Bokeh


  • EzFoto

    EzFoto 43mm Tilted Vented Metal Lens Hood Shade for Leica, Contax Zeiss, Voigtlander Lens

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    Rating (2 reviews):
    (4.5/5)
    EzFoto

    Good quality hood

    0 4/5 Robert W. Kalnitz - See all my reviews, April 1, 2012

    Great alternative to Zeiss hood

    0 5/5 christian walter liu - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: EzFoto 43mm Tilted Vented Metal Lens Hood Shade for Leica, Contax Zeiss, Voigtlander Lens (Electronics) Great alternative to Zeiss hood which is much more expensive and serves the same purpose. I bought it to fit my Zeiss 50mm F2.0 and it works great. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , August 26, 2013
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    43mm Tilted Vented Lens Hood shade for Leica, Contax Zeiss, Voigtlander rangerfinder Lens
    Made of metal, leica style lens hood
    It can prevent unwanted stray light from entering the lens and ensure no problems with vignetting or motor functions.
    Fit other lens which is with 43mm filter thread
    Added benefit of extra protection from accidental impact.


  • Voigtlander

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

    Photography (Voigtlander)

    Rating (13 reviews):
    (4.9/5)
    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
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    F stop range: f/0.95 - 16
    Angle of view: 47.6 Degree
    Construction: 8 Groups/ 11 Elements using high reflection glass
    Closest Focusing Distance: 5.95" / 0.17m
    Filter Size: 52mm


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  • Voigtlander

    Voigtlander Nokton 58mm f/1.4 SL-II Manual Focus Lens for Nikon Film & Digital Cameras

    Photography (Voigtlander)

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

    A Lens with a Soul

    Many fine lenses are outstanding on a technical scale, yet fail to truly inspire your photography. Some cheap lenses are inspiring, yet leave much to be desired in terms of image quality. This lens is both wicked sharp and truly inspiring. Flipping through any of my photos, I can always tell the shots taken with my Nokton. Somehow, this lens has a soul.Wide open at f/1.4, the image is somewhat soft in the center and quite soft in the corners. In real life, it is not too much of an issue because at f/1.4, your depth of field is so narrow, only what you focused on will be in focus (unless you are one of those poor people who only take photos of brick walls). Stop down to around f/2.0 or thereabouts, the bokeh becomes amazingly creamy and the center is sharp. Did I mention that the bokeh is superb? Stop down to f/4 through f/8, and you get a resolution monster. Everything is sharp across the field. Likely, stopped down in this area, this lens will outresolve your sensor (with... 5/5 Serac (Tucson, AZ USA) - See all my reviews This review is from: Voigtlander Nokton 58mm f/1.4 SL-II Manual Focus Lens for Nikon Film & Digital Cameras (Accessory) Many fine lenses are outstanding on a technical scale, yet fail to truly inspire your photography. Some cheap lenses are inspiring, yet leave much to be desired in terms of image quality. This lens is both wicked sharp and truly inspiring. Flipping through any of my photos, I can always tell the shots taken with my Nokton. Somehow, this lens has a soul.Wide open at f/1.4, the image is somewhat soft in the center and quite soft in the corners. In real life, it is not too much of an issue because at f/1.4, your depth of field is so narrow, only what you focused on will be in focus (unless you are one of those poor people who only take photos of brick walls). Stop down to around f/2.0 or thereabouts, the bokeh becomes amazingly creamy and the center is sharp. Did I mention that the bokeh is superb? Stop down to f/4 through f/8, and you get a resolution monster. Everything is sharp across the field. Likely, stopped down in this area, this lens will outresolve your sensor (with... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , January 25, 2012

    Voitlander Nokton 58mm 1.4 SL ii N Lens Nikon D3200

    My lens is the new version with the metal focusing ring. They say the insides are the same as in the previous one. I believe it after comparing the pictures people posted and the ones I captured with my lens. I use this lens with a Nikon D3200 camera. The crop sensor definitely crops away the imperfections while bringing 85mm equivalent to the view. I really like it. As far as what the sharpness/ bokeh, defocused area look, etc. compared to a 50mm or 85mm 1.4 from other brands, the out of focus objets at close distance look like they were painted with a brush. When I look at the lens I can see multiple reflections coming off the many elements inside, this makes no difference with objects far away, but shows as many contours around the shapes in the out of focus area, converging or departing one another from lines of contrast. At f2 or so the lens behaves like anything else you can buy at any price point.I don't know the science behind the MTF tests, but the pixels are very... 5/5 GLL - See all my reviews This review is from: Voigtlander Nokton 58mm f/1.4 SL-II Manual Focus Lens for Nikon Film & Digital Cameras (Accessory) My lens is the new version with the metal focusing ring. They say the insides are the same as in the previous one. I believe it after comparing the pictures people posted and the ones I captured with my lens. I use this lens with a Nikon D3200 camera. The crop sensor definitely crops away the imperfections while bringing 85mm equivalent to the view. I really like it. As far as what the sharpness/ bokeh, defocused area look, etc. compared to a 50mm or 85mm 1.4 from other brands, the out of focus objets at close distance look like they were painted with a brush. When I look at the lens I can see multiple reflections coming off the many elements inside, this makes no difference with objects far away, but shows as many contours around the shapes in the out of focus area, converging or departing one another from lines of contrast. At f2 or so the lens behaves like anything else you can buy at any price point.I don't know the science behind the MTF tests, but the pixels are very... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , May 26, 2012

    BEAUTIFUL BOKEH

    0 5/5 ahasay - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Voigtlander Nokton 58mm f/1.4 SL-II Manual Focus Lens for Nikon Film & Digital Cameras (Accessory) NEVER SEEN OR HAD A LENS SUCH AS VOIGTLANDER FOR A PERFECT BOKEH.RECOMMEND TO ALL PHOTOGRAPHER OUT THERE.WONT BE DISSAPOINTED. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , January 21, 2013
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    Nikon AIS mount
    CPU matrix metering for full meter compatibility with current Digital Slr's
    Lets you control the F stop from the camera (set the aperture ring to F22)
    Manual focus lens with fully compatible metering