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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 Nokton 17.5mm f/0.95 Lens for Micro 4/3 BA175M B&H
Voigtlander's Nokton 17.5mm f/0.95 Lens for Micro 4/3 Cameras is a breathtaking wide-angle lens that combines an extraordinary maximum aperture of f/0.95 with a ...


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  • Voigtlander

    Voigtlander Nokton 42.5mm f/0.95 Micro Four Thirds Lens

    Photography (Voigtlander)

    Fully manual focus and exposure lens features an all-metal lens barrel and a 10-blade diaphragm
    Extremely bright and fast 42.5mm f/0.95 lens produces a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 85mm when used on a Micro Four Thirds digital camera
    Selective Aperture Control System produces a stepless, de-clicked aperture ring, which provides silent and smooth exposure adjustment that is well-suited for video application
    One Super High Refractive element and one aspherical element work to produce a high image quality with immense clarity, contrast and sharpness with a marked reduction in chromatic aberrations and color fringing

  • Voigtlander

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

    CE (Voigtlander)

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

  • Voigtlander

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

    Photography (Voigtlander)

    Rating (19 reviews):

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

  • Voigtlander

    Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f/1.2 II Aspherical Wide Angle Leica M Mount Lens - Black

    Photography (Voigtlander)

    Construction: 10 Elemenets in 7 groups 3 Aspherical lens surfaces 12 Aperture Blades
    Angle of view: 63°
    F stop range: 1.2 to 22 in half-stops
    Closest Focusing Distance: 19.68" / 0.5M
    Filter Size: 52mm

  • Voigtlander

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

    Photography (Voigtlander)
    List Price: $2,000.00

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

  • Voigtlander

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

    Photography (Voigtlander)

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    Voigtlander Leica M Lens VM-E NEX Close Focus Adapter for A7, A7r

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    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

    Infinity focus allowed
    Smooth surface for effortless mount
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    Premium-grade Fotodiox adapter

  • Voigtlander

    Voigtlander Nokton 50mm f/1.5 Aspherical Standard Manual Focus Lens - Silver

    Photography (Voigtlander)

    Rating (5 reviews):

    Beautifully crafted old world design with modern day optics deserves serious consideration.

    I am a Sony A7R shooter and was considering either this lens or the Zeiss FE55mm f1.8. Studied all the published material online and took a gamble on the Nokton. I already had the CZ35mm f2.8 so was willing to experiment with the Nokton manual focus using a Novoflex adapter.Why would I give this lens 5 stars? Again, my method of valuation is whether I would buy this lens again having used it for several months. The answer is yes. It is not a cheap lens at this price. Even more than the CZ55mm. However, it is extremely well made feeling like the old glass from the 50s. Well finished and the feel of this lens in the hand makes it a joy to use.The image quality from this lens is very good. As other had mentioned. Not quite to Leica Summilux standard but extremely close. I dare say looking at the images from both lenses side by side, almost everyone will have a difficulty finding the difference. It is only discernable in the bokeh. The one joy this lens will give... 5/5 H. TAN - See all my reviews, June 24, 2014

    Amazing lens

    0 5/5 Roger - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Voigtlander Nokton 50mm f/1.5 Aspherical Standard Manual Focus Lens - Silver (Electronics) This lens is pretty amazing to use. Aperture ring is a little too easy to turn in my opinion but it does have a slight notch so you know you are hitting each of the stop. Focus ring is smooth though a little tight to start with but it is good especially at 1.5 to make sure I am getting that critical focus. Using this with A7 and got some very amazing picture in sharpness and the color renders great in its own way. Bought the chrome because of its material and based on many review I read but I think the black one would be good since it would be lighter in weight.Getting my film camera soon and I can't wait to try it out soon. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , March 13, 2014

    This is an amazing 50mm lens

    0 5/5 LD Way - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Voigtlander Nokton 50mm f/1.5 Aspherical Standard Manual Focus Lens - Silver (Electronics) This is an amazing 50mm lens. I happen to have way to many 50mm's and this ranks along side the Zeiss ZA lens that I have with for my Sony A99. This lens is both sharp and gentle. It is an excellent portrait lens due to the way it renders skin tone. It has less micro contrast than the Zeiss so it does not require the amount of retouch the Zeiss needs when shoot a portrait of a female. When compared side by side with the Zeiss women find the Voigtlander more flattering - and that is why I have it! If you like classic and modern mix rendering then you will love this lens. The bokeh from this thing is just beautiful and despite the lower micro contrast this lens is extremely sharp. Very easy to focus with the Sony A7 and a nailed image is simply breath taking. I highly recommend this lens to manual focus loving shooters and to those who are looking to start using MF lenses. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , December 31, 2014
    Construction: 5 Groups/ 6 Elements
    Angle of View: 46°
    Closest Focusing Distance: 2.3' /0.7m
    F stop range: f/1.5-16
    Filter Size: 49mm

  • Voigtlander

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

    Photography (Voigtlander)

    F stop range: f/1.5-16
    Construction: 5 Groups/ 6 Elements
    Angle of View: 46°
    Filter Size: 49mm
    Closest Focusing Distance: 2.3' /0.7m

  • Voigtlander

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

    Photography (Voigtlander)

    Rating (4 reviews):

    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


    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
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