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Lens Design Fundamentals, Second Edition Hardcover – December 25, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0123743015 ISBN-10: 012374301X Edition: 2nd

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  • Hardcover: 569 pages
  • Publisher: Academic Press; 2nd edition (December 25, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 012374301X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0123743015
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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The Second Edition of the seminal "Lens Design Fundamentals" won the 2012 biennial Goodman Book Writing Award. "The joint OSA/SPIE award selection committee cited the book as holding a unique place in optics literature, and noted that it will serve as an indispensable resource for the next generation of lens designers."-SPIE/OSA

"Johnson, a cofounder of the Center for Aplied Optics at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, offers an updated edition of the text by the late Kingslake, a founding faculty member of Rochester's Institute of Optics and widely regarded as the father of lens design in the United States."--Rochester University Magazine


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Fry Boy VINE VOICE on January 13, 2009
Format: Hardcover
If you thumb through this bad boy, you'll notice that there's a lot of raytracing going on. Consequently, this is a great book from which to learn about raytracing, specifically the (y-nu) (or "ynu") paraxial method. I made the effort of setting up a ynu table in Excel and used the equations to trace chief and marginal rays with much success (along with first-order properties such as focal length, F/#, entrance/exit pupil position/radius, et cetera). I then used the computed data and generated a lens drawing with traced rays, all in Excel. A Delano (y-ybar) diagram was inserted next, followed by computation of the Seidel aberration coefficients. Use the book with Excel and you'll find it incredibly useful.

In addition to the raytracing, Kingslake discusses chromatic aberration, primary spectrum and secondary spectrum in detail. Also writes about the Seidel aberrations and how to compute them, using various sample lenses.

A great complement to "A History of the Photographic Lens" and "Optics in Photography," both of which are quite informative regarding lens types and principles.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By allen mann on October 11, 2010
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Lens Design Fundamentals, Second Edition, is the most comprehensive treatise to be published on the subject of Lens Design. This book holds a unique place in the optics literature. It adds impressive building blocks to the foundation established by A. E. Conrady in "Applied Optics and Optical Design" and Rudolph Kingslake in "Lens Design Fundamentals, First Edition". Dr. R. Barry Johnson is a disciple of Conrady and Kingslake, and who has a deep background in lens design theory as a Professor of Optics and many years of experience as a practicioner in the real world of lens design. Thus, he is ideally suited to write an up-to-date edition of "Lens Design Fundamentals". This new edition has been extensively rewritten and expanded by about 50% in both text and figures.
Dr. Johnson takes the reader from the work of the lens designer into ray tracing methods and First Order Optics. This is followed by three chapters on aberration theory which provide the foundation for the subsequent chapters which follow on the design of different types of lens systems that form the basis of most modern lenses, including zoom lenses. One entire chapter is devoted to the role of the Stop in lens design. Dr. Johnson also devotes a chapter to Mirror and Catadioptric Systems, an important class of optical system largely neglected in books on Optics. The final chapter is devoted to Automatic Lens Improvement Programs. In this treatise Dr. Johnson stresses the need for an understanding of lens design principles and aberration theory as a prerequisite to obtaining the best solutions from these optimization programs.
The value of Lens Design Fundamentals, Second Edition, is increased immensely by the numerous examples presented throughout as well as by Designer Notes interspersed in each chapter.
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One has to get used to Kingslake's terminology. However then, you will find this book really great.
I could find a lot of interesting notes and calculation which I do not find in other optics textbooks.
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9 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Shock Writer on November 29, 2006
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I was hoping for Kingslake to dump his great Kodak design knowledge in this book. He did not. Book opens saying that Double Gauss is not discussed! I sold the book to a local 2nd hand book store for 50 cents. Book has some basics of optical design and might be of interest to those wanting to have all the writings of this great designer.

As I reread my review and see only 2 of 8 liking it I must remark that this Sacred Cow of optics books, to get a good review, should have had a full description of the double Gauss lens design, the most important lens design in the history of photographic lenses and no doubt fully understood by Kingslake. The book has historical value for those loving lens design and its history but is a great disappointment for its missing information from this great designer.
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2 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Scaggs on March 7, 2009
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If one is after the detailed mathmatics of optical design, this is a good book.
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