Zeiss Japan have announced that production of the following Zeiss Classic SLR lenses has ceased. Specitically that means the Zeiss Distagon T* 15mm f/2.8, 18mm f/3.5, 25mm f/2, 28mm f/2, and 35mm f/1.4 as well as the Zeiss API-Sonnar T* 135mm f/2. Their announcement reads (Translated)…
The History and Science of Lenses; Or Why Lenses Aren’t Named Anymore
Despite being as important as the camera body, lenses seem to get less attention.
Sure some extremely large or expensive lenses are mentioned every once in a while, but looking back how much do you really know about lenses? Not that much I assume, but you probably know who invented the first camera and at least a few milestones in its history.
Here to level the playing field is John Hess from Filmmaker IQ, with a 25-minute long video covering the history of the lens from its early beginning as a fire starting tool to the modern designs common today.
The video is a bit scientific at times, but it includes a bunch of interesting tidbits about lens and their development.
Watch the video below to learn when and how the anti-reflective coating was developed, when fast prime lenses came to be and why Japanese companies dominate the photographic market.
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