3rd Edition

Applied Photographic Optics

By Sidney Ray Copyright 2002

    Selected by the American Library Association's 'Choice' magazine as "best technical book", the first edition of this book soon established itself as the standard reference work on all aspects of photographic lenses and associated optical systems. This is unsurprising, as Sidney Ray provides a complete, comprehensive reference source for anyone wanting information on photographic lenses, from the student to the practitioner or specialist working with visual and digital media worldwide.

    This third edition has been fully revised and expanded to include the rapid progress in the last decade in optical technology and advances in relevant electronic and digital forms of imaging. Every chapter has been revised and expanded using new figures and photographs as appropriate, as well as extended bibliographies. New chapters include details of filters, measurements from images and the optical systems of digital cameras. Details of electronic and digital imaging have been integrated throughout. More information is given on topics such as aspherics, diffractive optics, ED glasses, image stabilization, optical technology, video projection and new types of lenses.

    A selection of the contents includes chapters on: optical theory, aberrations, auto focus, lens testing, depth of field, development of photographic lenses, general properties of lenses, wide-angle lenses, telephoto lenses, video lenses, viewfinder systems, camera movements, projection systems and 3-D systems.

    Introduction; The role of the lens in photography; Optical requirements; Light and energy; Properties of light; Image formation by simple optical systems; Image formation by compound lenses; Combinations of elements; Optical components and their imaging roles; Thin-layer coatings; Aberrations - defects in imaging systems; Optical materials; Colour correction of lenses; The speed of a lens; Lens and camera flare; Resolving power of lenses and imaging systems; Physical optics of lens systems; Design, manufacture and testing of a lens; Evaluation and calibration; Focusing an optical system; Auto focus and focus maintenance methods; depth of field and depth of focus; Perspective and projection; Lens types and properties; General properties of a lens; The standard lens; Large-aperture lenses; Medium long focus lenses; Extreme long focus lenses; Telephoto and stabilized lenses; Convertible lenses; Short focus wide-angle lenses; Retrofocus wide-angle lenses; The fisheye lens and immersed optics; Catoptric systems; Catadioptric systems; Zoom lenses; Enlarging lenses; Macro lenses; Process lenses; Copying lenses; High-resolution lenses; Underwater lenses; Aerial lenses; Projection lenses; Anamorphic systems; Soft focus lenses; Perspective control lenses; Ultraviolet lenses; Infra-red lenses; Lenses for cinematography; Video lenses; Lens attachments and accessories; Viewfinder systems; Direct viewfinder systems; Screen viewfinder systems; Viewfinder focusing; The optics of camera movements; Optics of systems with moving film; Scanning optics; Optics of close-up photography and photomacrography; Optics of copying systems; Optics of printing systems; Optics of projection systems; Optics of stereoscopic systems; Optics of light metering systems; Optics of lighting systems; Optics for video systems; Optical filters; The optics of digital cameras. Index.


    Senior Lecturer in Digital and Photographic Imaging, University of Westminster, photographer and Imaging Consultant.

    Reviews of the first edition:

    'Thorough, comprehensive, and well organised, this book deserves a place in any technical university or large public library. Highly recommended.'
    American Library Association .....

    'For any establishment involved with photographic, projection or video technology, and for anyone concerned with the teaching of photographic optics, as well as for the dedicated photographic enthusiast, this is an essential.'
    British Journal of Photography .....

    'There can hardly be any aspect of photography that is not mentioned somewhere and all photographers should find this a useful reference for recent developments..'
    The Photographic Journal ......

    'Applied Photographic Optics is a tour de force. For students and those technically minded, it is a book well worth having.'
    Hotshoe International .....