Petzval lens

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Petzval portrait lens.
Petzval type movie projection lens.
Petzval objectives.

The Petzval lens was developed in 1840 by Joseph Petzval. It consisted of two doublet lenses with an aperture stop in between. The front lens is well corrected for spherical aberrations but introduces coma. The second doublet corrects for this and the position of the stop corrects most of the astigmatism. However, this results in additional field curvature and vignetting. The total field of view is therefore restricted to about 30 degrees. An f-number of f/3.7 was achievable, which was considerably faster than other lenses of the time.

The speed of the lens is ideal for portrait photography since the exposure time could be reduced.

In 2013 Lomography successfully launched a crowdfunding campaign at kickstarter.com to produce a new Petzval lens in Russia for film and digital cameras.[1] The Lomo lens configuration though is not the Petzval formula as it has a rear doublet that is not spaced (see http://cloud.lomography.com/576/400/db/7a37ed513148dae6e4ac537201ff27a7c17d0d.jpg).

References[edit]

Ray, Sidney (2002). Applied Photographic Optics. Oxford, UK: Focal Press. ISBN 0-240-51540-4.