Round Lens

Discussion in 'Philosophy of Photography' started by ReD, Sep 20, 2013.

  1. ReD

    ReD SC Hall of Famer

    Mar 27, 2013
    Just a thought - (until fairly recently) lenses have always been circular so how come we ended up with squared images?

    answers on a round postcard please ..
     
  2. Yeats

    Yeats SC All-Pro

    Jul 31, 2012
    New Jersey, USA
    Chris
    Funny, I was thinking about round photographs a few nights ago, while watching La Roue (French silent film) on PBS. Portions of that movie are filmed in a round format.

    I'd always figured images were squared due to film handling and conservation, but I wonder if there is also a more technical reason? Vignetting?
     
  3. ReD

    ReD SC Hall of Famer

    Mar 27, 2013
    No vignetting as I understand it comes from the square in a circle (or outside it)
     
  4. Yeats

    Yeats SC All-Pro

    Jul 31, 2012
    New Jersey, USA
    Chris
    OK, well then I'm sticking with "material conservation".
     
  5. serhan

    serhan SC All-Pro

    May 7, 2011
    NYC
    It is the same reason that we have square cars with circular tires:)
     
  6. greyelm

    greyelm SC Top Veteran

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    Oct 1, 2011
    London, England
    If you close one eye you see in the round format. If you open both eyes you see in a rectangular format.
     
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