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 20050601
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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
A MASTER CLASS IN PRACTICAL ENGINEERING TECHNIQUES AND THE ART OF LENS DESIGN
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.
LENS DESIGN INSTRUCTION, CHAPTER BY CHAPTER:
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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