Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/01/19

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Why no ASPH teles?
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 1998 11:56:05 EST

In a message dated 98-01-19 10:59:17 EST, you wrote:

<< Subj:	 Re: [Leica] Why no ASPH teles?
 Date:	98-01-19 10:59:17 EST
 From: (TEAShea)
 Mark, I believe that the benefits of aspherical elements is more important
 with wide angle lenses than with longer focal length lenses.  The opposite is
 true for low dispersion glass elements - they are more important in longer
 focal length lenses.  This is apparent in other lens systems as well - Canon
 and Nikon particularly.  

I think TEAShea is correct. For longer lenses, the spherical (sections of a
sphere) lens elements can be designed to optimize the image, especially when
using glass having different optical properties, specifically refractivity.
With long lenses, the optical paths of all light rays are not too far from
being parallel to the axis of the lens.

But for wide-angle lenses, the light paths must bend sharply, both coming into
the lens at the front and, especially, exiting the lens at the rear. Making
the front and rear lens elements aspherical (not spherical) results in the