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  1. compur

    compur No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    This is a book I found some years ago in a used book store and
    it's one of my favorites. It's called Photographic Lenses by C.B.
    Neblette (Morgan & Morgan). First published 1965. I have the
    1973 revised edition.

    It's a smallish book (131 pages) but chock full of diagrams for
    many classic lenses of all formats plus historical data on who
    designed what when, optics theory, etc.

    There are few books with so much general lens information like
    this. For example, if you want to know the difference between
    a Schneider Xenon and a Leica Summicron, this is the place to
    look. Of course, it doesn't have details on every lens ever made
    but many of the important classics are here.

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    Mitica100 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Good info, thanks!:thumbup:
     
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    terri Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Wow! I would agree, for the collector or just the enthusiast, this is good stuff. So many variations can lead to confusion. Thanks for posting!
     
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    Nice, thanks for the recommendation. I went ahead and ordered this for a few bucks, I was looking for a book of this kind.
     
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    christopher walrath No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I just picked up a book on ebay. First published in 1948, I have the revised version from 1968. Fundamentals of Photographic Theory by Kodak Physicist T. H. James and Chemist George C. Higgins. 344 pages. Lots of illustrative tables and a few descriptive photographs. Here's a chapter list.

    I Outline of the Photographic Process
    II The Photographic Emulsion
    III Formation of the Latent Image
    IV Reciprocity Law Failure and Other Exposure Principles
    V The Mechanism of Development
    VI Composition and Reactions of the Developer
    VII General Kinetics of Development
    VIII Fixing and Washing
    IX Sensitomerty IExposure and Development
    X Sensitomerty II, Density and its Measurement
    XI Sensitomerty III, Interpretation of Sensitometric Data
    XII The Theory of Tone Reproduction
    XIII The Structure of the Developed Photographic Image
    XIV Sensitizing and Desensitizing

    It's definitely the heavy read you might expect from a physicist and a chemist that probably graduated from university somewhere around WWII. But chock full of information for the inquisitive photographer.
     

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