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Goodbye, Bulky Lens

 
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Feb 20, 2015 17:09 |  #1

"Paper-Thin Lenses Could Shrink Cameras and Holographic Displays:
Nanostructured sheets of silicon can bend light in unusual ways, eliminating the need for bulky lenses.
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MIT Technology Review | 19 February 2015


A new nanostructured material makes it possible to replace bulky lenses and other optical devices with a thin sheet of material such as silicon.


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Feb 21, 2015 16:01 as a reply to  @ post 17442105 |  #2

I think that nanotechnology is interesting, especially as it relates to photography. I'm familiar with its use in lens coating but not its potential much beyond that.


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Feb 21, 2015 19:35 |  #3

The technology is interesting, but I'm not holding my breath waiting for it to replace current lens designs. I know a few former classmates working with similar technology, and their production costs are staggering, horribly time consuming, and have so far shown a rather poor yield for the quality. (They are however working with the technology for focusing stuff on the xray scale, but everything in the article seems to suggest it is still rather similar.)

But of course one of the awesome things about science is that you never know when a massive breakthrough is going to come. Someone might walk out of their lab tomorrow afternoon with some radical and cool solution to the problems involved, and make an 800mm f/2.8 pancake lens with flawless optics that costs $100.


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Feb 22, 2015 15:23 as a reply to  @ Luckless's post |  #4

I don't closely follow the technology, but I do foresee photographers looking back at today's DSLRs and laughing at how big and bulky they were.

If paper-thin lenses are in the future, I expect that they're far enough off that I won't live to see them. It's fun to speculate, though.


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Feb 22, 2015 15:43 |  #5

Not everyone minds the size and weight of today's DSLRs. I find it easier to hold steady my 5DIII + 24-70 or 70-200 f/4 than my S95 P&S.

I'm sure you meant lens hood and not cap. And some people always use hoods... indoor and out... for protection.


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Feb 22, 2015 16:08 as a reply to  @ Tedder's post |  #6

^^ LOL!!

x2 I leave my lens hood on for protection.


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Feb 22, 2015 19:10 |  #7

moJoePDX wrote in post #17444374 (external link)
I leave my lens hood on for protection.

is that what the kids are calling it these days?


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Feb 25, 2015 09:12 |  #8

Call me old fashioned but I think it's best to just completely abstain from knocking your lens into things. But if you just can't then I suppose it's best to use protection.


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Feb 25, 2015 09:22 |  #9

travisvwright wrote in post #17449049 (external link)
Call me old fashioned but I think it's best to just completely abstain from knocking your lens into things. But if you just can't then I suppose it's best to use protection.

Must be nice to never have anything unexpected happen around you. I've had gear knocked off a solid block of concrete before when a truck caught the far end and managed to spin the block.

Plus, you can still get lens flair indoors. Even if you're in a studio working with controlled lights you can still get bounce that can fall back on the lens itself in undesirable ways. If you have a hood, then why not use it? The only time it is going to be bad to use a hood is when it can either be easily blown off in high wind conditions, or will physically get in the way.


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Mar 01, 2015 08:29 |  #10

It would be interesting if these changes materialize in quality and economic lens without wait a lot of time.
But unfortunately every time I read this news with revolutionary perspectives, do not result in anything concrete. :-(




  
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Mar 01, 2015 08:35 |  #11

alessandro2009 wrote in post #17455018 (external link)
It would be interesting if these changes materialize in quality and economic lens without wait a lot of time.
But unfortunately every time I read this news with revolutionary perspectives, do not result in anything concrete. :-(


A concrete lens would suck


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Mar 01, 2015 08:43 |  #12

Nice joke. :lol:

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Naturally I am referring to something that is then actually put on the market




  
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Mar 01, 2015 08:44 as a reply to  @ LV Moose's post |  #13

That would be quite the bulky lens :D


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Mar 01, 2015 16:31 |  #14

How strong would a paper thin Lens would be? Fart in its general direction and it would shatter?..............​.


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May 21, 2015 10:57 |  #15

First, we'll have to wait until this technology results in an actual product. Then we'll have to see if it really compares to the current technology.

For example, when I first heard about Canon's DO lenses, I thought great! But the DO lenses have not been received well because they have issues compared to existing lenses.


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