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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 lenses in Leica M Mount OR Leica Screw Mount. Will Mount on ANY Leica M mount camera, OR Sony NEX OR M43 camera OR Fuji XPRO 1 OR ILC aka Mirrorless ...


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  • Voigtlander

    Voigtlander M 50mm f/1.5 Nokton Aspherical Lens - Leica M Mount Lens - Black

    Photography (Voigtlander)

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

    Amazing fast lens for the money

    0 5/5 Christopher Arthur "chris00nj" (Houston, TX) - See all my reviews This review is from: Voigtlander M 50mm f/1.5 Nokton Aspherical Lens - Leica M Mount Lens - Black (Accessory) I love this lens!By far, the best fast prime lens for the Leica screwmount or M-mount cameras for <$500. The main competitors are going to be over 40 years old and are usually softer wide open. The Nokton is very sharp at f/1.5, which is the primary reason to buy a fast lens.It's a Leica thread mount, which is good because there aren't other modern lenses for the older M39 mount cameras, such as the Leica III or Canon P. You also can use it on an M-mount with an adapter. (But you can't use an M-mount lens on a screw mount camera) 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , January 9, 2009
    Filter Size: 49mm
    F stop range: f/1.5-16
    Closest Focusing Distance: 2.3' /0.7m
    Angle of View: 46°
    Construction: 5 Groups/ 6 Elements


  • 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
    Construction: 6 Groups/ 8 Elements
    Closest Focusing Distance: 2.3' (0.7M)
    F stop range: F/1.4 to F/15
    Maximum Magnification:
    Angle of view: 63°


  • Voigtlander

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

    Photography (Voigtlander)
    List Price: $600.00

    Extremely fast f/1.4
    10-bladed aperture diaphragm creates very pleasing out-of-focus highlights
    All metal lens barrel


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

    Photography (Voigtlander)

    Rating (4 reviews):
    (4.5/5)
    Voigtlander

    Best bang for buck 21mm "M" mount lens

    A 21 mm on a full frame camera would be considered an ultra-wide lens, if you are using it on a micro four thirds body, this would be effectively a 42mm FOV.If you google a little bit, you will find that this is one of the cheapest 21mm M mount lenses out there. The Zeiss and Leica are about 3-4 times the price. You would expect that this lens would be inferior to them in quality but that is not the case at all. In fact, I would argue that this is "better" (gasp) than the Leica counterpart.I use it both on my with an adapter, or on my ... 5/5 A. Hasija (NY) - See all my reviews, February 21, 2013

    WHAT FUN!

    I love this little guy. OK sure it doesn't deliver the same mind-blowing image as the , but it is a tiny fraction of the size and weight of that lens, not to mention costing less than 1/4 the price.Wow, this lens is WICKED sharp in the center of the frame. I mean, it will blow your mind, man! Sure, image quality drops off toward the corners and the vignetting is pretty bad at f/4, but who cares? It's not made for low-light shooting anyway. If you're shooting landscape, stop it down to f/8, use the hyperfocal range printed on the lens and everything between 3 ft and infinity will be in focus. Just shoot away.Option: shoot it on a NEX camera for a 32mm equivalent focal length which is a nice "street" length. F/8 and be there, set it and forget... 4/5 David Siegfried (Chicago, IL United States) - See all my reviews, August 1, 2013

    Way better than you'd expect

    0 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 (Accessory) 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. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , January 21, 2013


  • 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.)

    Rating (23 reviews):
    (4.5/5)
    Fotodiox Inc.

    Fits just fine.

    0 5/5 Darryl Yip (Chicago, IL) - See all my reviews, October 30, 2011

    Perfect fit!

    0 5/5 Zachary M. Zoll - See all my reviews, February 15, 2013

    Leica M lens on Sony Nex-7

    0 5/5 Joseph O'Connell - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: 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 (Camera) Realizing new life for my sizable collection of Leica M lenses. Solid product - well made, and worth the money! 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , November 30, 2012
    List Price: $69.95
    Anodized aluminum construction
    Premium-grade Fotodiox adapter
    24 Month Manufacturer Warranty
    Infinity focus allowed
    Smooth surface for effortless mount


  • Voigtlander

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

    Photography (Voigtlander)
    List Price: $1,199.99

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


  • Voigtlander

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

    Photography (Voigtlander)

    Rating (6 reviews):
    (4.8/5)
    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 (Electronics) 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 (Electronics) 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 (Electronics) 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
    List Price: $780.00
    Lets you control the F stop from the camera (set the aperture ring to F22)
    CPU matrix metering for full meter compatibility with current Digital Slr's
    Manual focus lens with fully compatible metering
    Nikon AIS mount


  • Voigtlander

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

    Photography (Voigtlander)

    Rating (12 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
    Construction: 6 Groups/ 7 Elements
    It includes front & Rear Caps, Hood
    Filter Size: 58mm


  • Voigtlander

    Voigtlander Bessa R4A Wide Angle 35mm Rangefinder Manual Focus "M" Mount Camera Body with Electronic Shutter - Black

    Photography (Voigtlander)

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

    Better DEAL AS THEY STOPPED MALING THE BESSA!

    0 5/5 JOEL M. ROSEN - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Voigtlander Bessa R4A Wide Angle 35mm Rangefinder Manual Focus "M" Mount Camera Body with Electronic Shutter - Black (Electronics) THIS IS A FINE CAMETA AND WILL, BY THE POWERS OF TEN, INCREASE IN VALUE AS VOIGTLANDER HAS CEASED TO PRODUCE FILM BESSA TYPE CAMERAS.I BOUGHT MINE WITH A NOKTON F1.4 40mm WIDE ANGLE LENS AND THE COMBINATION HAS INCREASED BY US$300 DOLLARS!IT IS AN INVESTMENT, AND A WISE ONE, LIKE A ROLEX. BE SURE TO KEEP THE BOX AND ALL THE PAPERWORK AS IF AND WHEN YOU DO SELL SUCH, YOU WILL WITHOUT A DOUBT NEED SUCH. WISE PURCHASE! 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , January 28, 2014
    List Price: $1,200.00
    Price: $799.00
    You Save: $401.00 (33%)
    Viewfinder Information: LED Shutter speed indication lights up to indicate suggested speeds
    Viewfinder Type: x.52 Magnification field of view 85%, object distance 3 m superimposed rangefinder with brightlines for 21, 25, 28, 35 & 50mm lenses
    Type: 35mm rangefinder with interchangeable lens system
    Lens Mount: Voigtlander "M" Mount
    Focusing Type: Manual


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