Talk:Angénieux retrofocus

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Soo how does this lens change the appearance of the image? Seems like something that should be included in the article!

Shafferl 19:33, 19 September 2005 (UTC)

It doesn't, that's the whole point. It just increases the distance between the lens and the film. Which is nice if you have a lot going on there, like in an SLR, where there needs to be room for the mirror. For a rangefinder camera, you don't need retrofocus. -- Egil 20:32, 19 September 2005 (UTC)

It doesn't except that in theory you should achieve better sharpness with non-retrofocus lenses.... However it crontradicts my own experience as the sharpest wide-angle lens I've ever used is a retrofocus... Ericd 13:17, 20 September 2005 (UTC)

Re: Ericd. I'm curious, what is the sharpest wide-angle lens you've ever used? That comment was made 14 months ago, so maybe that has changed. Anyways, thanks in advance (if you even ever read this) madmatt213 17:36, 16 November 2006 (UTC)

The article needing editing to reduce the scope of its claims. Angenieux did not invent the retrofocus wide-angle lens, but may have been the prime mover in introducing the design to still cameras. It is in fact dangerous to identify the "inventor" of any lens type, because research has an awkward tendency to reveal an earlier version of the same thing. Taylor Hobson certainly took out a patent on Lee's 1931 retrofocus design, and that company had apparently been working on similar designs before (see S. F. Ray, Applied Photographic Optics). EEye (talk) 01:10, 10 February 2008 (UTC)