Lens

  • In 1859, British photographer Thomas Sutton created a camera with a unique water-filled lens – it allowed for some interesting effects. Low-fi camera company Lomography has replicated that lens, and included it in a 35-mm panoramic film camera.
  • Ultra wide-angle fisheye lenses are typically thick, bulbous contraptions, that can't easily be incorporated into devices such as smartphones. That could be about to change, though, as engineers have now created one that's completely flat.
  • The 12-24mm zoom is a jaw-dropping effects lens with a wider field of view than the human eye, and Sony has just released a pro-grade version with a constant f/2.8 aperture: the widest f/2.8 zoom ever made. A very interesting addition to a lens bag.
  • Lomography has been celebrating the legacy of Joseph Petzval since 2013, when the first reinvention of a 19th century portrait lens was launched. The 80.5-mm f/1.9 MKII marks the 180th anniversary of Petzval's first portrait lens.
  • Science
    ​We already see the outside world through the windows of our home or the windshield of our car, so … why not use those things as camera lenses, instead of utilizing separate security or obstacle-avoidance cameras? Thanks to a new system created at the University of Utah, that could be a possibility.
  • ​A few years ago, Léo Marius released designs for a 3D-printable camera that captured pretty decent stills. The camera still needed some proper glass out front though. Amos Dudley has taken the idea a step further by printing an entire 35 mm-film camera – including the shutter and lens.
  • The Twist 60 is a new lens from Lensbaby which is inspired by a vintage Petzval optic from 1840. The lens is designed to be used with full frame cameras where it can give backgrounds filled with iconic swirly blurs.
  • Scientists have created the world’s thinnest lens which is just one two-thousandth the thickness of a human hair. The 6.3 nm thick lens is said to open the door to the development of flexible computer displays, along with a revolution in miniature cameras.
  • Science
    Researchers working at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have created a flat silicon metamaterial lens that controls the properties of light in ways that normal optical lenses cannot hope to emulate.
  • Lomography has launched its latest decidedly quirky Art-series lens, the New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens, on Kickstarter. The new 58-mm brass lens allows users to create and control swirly bokeh thanks to a new bokeh control ring mechanism.