In 2008, I wrote an article on the history of Petzval lenses, posted here. While a good first attempt, the article needed updating, editing, additional fact checking and endnotes. Serendipitously, in the spring of 2013, I was asked by The Photographic Historical Society of New Englandto providesome content for the 40th Anniversary edition of their publication, The Journal, which prompted me to significantly update the article over the past 6 months. After much anticipation, the article was finally published in December. Presented below is a copy of the article as published.
My thanks to Amanda Smith, editor of The Journal, for greatly improving this piece and reminding me what it was like to write research papers in college. I'd also like to thank Whitey Morange, President of PHSNE, for gently pushing me to work on this project. It was far more work than I thought, but I am glad I did it. Lastly, thanks to Alex Timmermans for providing a few of the images for the article. Alex is a talented artist and I appreciate his contributions.
Please do note that there is an errata sheet at the bottom of the article.
The Journal Cover Page. Image Copyright Dan Patterson 2013
The Petzval Lens
By Dan Colucci
Edited by Amanda Smith
Published by The Photographic Historical Society of New England
Content is Copyright AntiqueCameras.net, 1996 - 2014
All rights reserved
Page 39, second paragraph. Reads Joseph-Isidore Niépce. Should read Isidore Niépce
Page 43, box, right side. Reads Petzval-Voigtländer Objective Lens Compound Lens. Should read Petzval-Voigtländer Objective Lens. Compound Lens [two, separate phrases]
Page 46, first full paragraph. Reads Holmes, Booth, & Haydens. Should read Holmes, Booth & Haydens