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Modern Lens Design (McGraw-Hill Professional Engineering) [Hardcover]

Warren Smith
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October 22, 2004 0071438300 978-0071438308 2
Unlike the first edition, which was more a collection of lens designs for use in larger projects, the 2nd edition of Modern Lens Design is an optical “how-to.” Delving deep into the mechanics of lens design, optics legend Warren J. Smith reveals time-tested methods for designing top-quality lenses. He deals with lens design software, primarily OSLO, by far the current market leaders, and provides 7 comprehensive worked examples, all new to this edition. With this book in hand, there’s no lens an optical engineer can’t design.

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In this new edition of Smith's book, the focus has changed with the times. There are about half as many lens designs in the new edition, and the new material is directed toward design projects. Smith shows what he did, including blunders, to design a lens from first concept to final design. The designs include a cemented doublet, a triplet anastigmat, a Heliar, a Schmidt-Cassegrain, a landscape lens, and many more. The computer program OSLO was used to design the work, but the write-ups are program-neutral. Therefore, this book can be used with any lens design software. This book is a working person's text; there are very few derivations of techniques or derivations from first principles, Maxwell's equations, or Fermat's principle. The assumption is that the reader understands the basic optical principles and may have a command of the fundamentals of classical optical design methods. In short, a compendium of design techniques available today and a prescriptive resource for a variety of already designed lens types that can be starting points for a lens designer's efforts. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals. -- D.B. Mason, Albright College (Choice 2005-06-01)

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"This authoritative work is truly a rare find ... Smith's book is clearly written and exceedingly well organized ... When read from start to finish, the book makes it clear how the simple techniques demonstrated in the early chapters are developed and applied to more complex lens design forms."
--Laser Focus, on the previous edition

"An authoritative collection of lens design forms in a clear, readable format, Modern Lens Design is well worth acquiring by any student of the art of lens design.
-- Optical Engineering, on the previous edition

In this fully revised and updated Second Edition of Modern Lens Design, optics legend Warren J. Smith leads you through the mechanics of lens design, revealing tested methods for designing top-quality lenses. A paragon of design instruction, this volume offers clear explanations of processes, including the use of market-leading design software. You also get 7 comprehensive worked examples, all new to this edition. With this book in hand, there's no lens an optical engineer -- or an enthusiastic amateur -- can't design.

Warren J. Smith's Modern Lens Design helps you with every aspect of any major lens design project, including:
The prescription: Radii, spacings, materials, EFL, BFL, vertex length, object and image distances, magnification, Petzval radius, wavelength, clear apertures, and more
Rays: The axial-marginal ray and the chief ray
Plotting lens aberrations: Ray intercept plots for axis, 0.5, 0.7, and full field, field curvature, distortion, and lateral color

This text features new and updated lens design tables as well as comprehensive instruction in the lens design process, both traditional and CAD. Beginners and experts alike will turn to this book as the definitive source of lens design techniques time and time again.

Introduction to Lens Design * Lens CAD: Managing the Software * Improving a Design * Cooke Triplet Anastigmats * Reversed Telephoto Lenses * Infrared Systems * Lens Design Tables * Example Designs * Formulary

Product Details

  • Series: McGraw-Hill Professional Engineering
  • Hardcover: 631 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional; 2 edition (October 22, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071438300
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071438308
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 6.3 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #512,560 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical Textbook on lens design now in 2nd Edition December 7, 2004
By P. Nagy
Excerpt: My personal optical design experience has spanned more than five decades. They have been exciting, fascinating, and delightful decades; I have enjoyed each one. During that half century, lens design has changed radically. In the mid-twentieth century, lens design was still a semi-intuitive art, practiced by a few dedicated individuals of great per-severance, knowledge, and skill. And by mid-century most of the classic lens design forms had already been created. To this day, these designs are still the basis of many excellent modern optical systems.

Of course the practice of lens design today is radically different from what it was in the 1940s and 50s. Then, most optical design was done with an electromechanical desk calculator (e.g., Marchant, Frieden, and Monroe), and the raytracing rate, measured in terms of the number of surfaces through which one could trace the path of a ray in a given amount of time, was to the order of one ray surface in about 250s (if one were to work at it continuously through the day). Thus, using the cur-rent dimensions for raytracing speed, one did about 0.004 ray-surfaces per second. And these were only meridional two-dimensional rays, not the three-dimensional general rays ordinarily traced today. A great deal of ingenuity (and elegant theory) went into finding ways to avoid tracing any more rays than were absolutely necessary.

Thanks to the modern personal computer or PC, the computing rate has increased almost unbelievably. Today a run-of-the-mill PC is capable of calculating several million ray-surfaces per second; this is about nine or ten orders of magnitude faster. Needless to say the techniques of lens design today differ mightily from those of fifty or sixty years ago.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read book on traditional lens design July 14, 2013
I purchased the 2nd edition of Warren Smith's 'classic' on lens design. Rather dated, and I advise the prospective buy to try to hold out for the most recent edition, the 4th, because considerable important 'modern' information was added to it. That said, if the earlier editions can be purchased at a temptingly low price, you'll still get most of what's important about the subject.
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