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Exploring simple lenses

An in-depth practical guide to creative image-making

by John Evans

Download directly for 12 USD – without ND filters.
Pdf format 26 mb:

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Note for buying the digital download: The only difference from the CD is that the ND filters and appendix 12 describing the filters are not included.

CD in the post
22 USD including shipping and with ND filters:

Sold directly by the author. Price includes postage & packaging to the selected destination. Usually delivered within 1-2 weeks. The digital will be downloadable within 24 hours.

A very practical book from the author of Adventures with Pinhole and Home-made Cameras

Customer rating:

9 of 10

Rated 9,13 – based on 45 votes

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About the book

Exploring simple lenses is a truly comprehensive examination of the fascinating world of shooting with single-element lenses. It features twelve main chapters, twelve appendices, and a glossary. Its highly detailed coverage includes an extensive Gallery section, as well as diverse practical topics, such as construction methods, more than 50 lens assembly ‘case histories’, and guidelines on basic and advanced exposure control. More esoteric areas deal with image-formation using non-optical household items, and unconventional lens mounting and focusing techniques.

All the photographs use traditional film-based image-capture, with a wide variety of equipment, including 35mm SLRs, 35mm rangefinder cameras, medium format SLRs, medium format rangefinder cameras and large format cameras.

  • CD-ROM in jewel case, supplied with five 100 x 100mm neutral density (ND) filters
  • PDF 25MB in Landscape Page Setup
  • Copyright: John Evans/ photoinnovations.net © 2006
  • Language: English
  • First Edition

Image above: Canon T90 with 250mm f/2.8

Image above: Mamiya M645 with 150mm f/3.4

Image above: Pentax 6×7 with 90mm f/1.8

Image above: Voigtlander Bessa T with 23mm f/9.5



Because of its highly specialized nature, Exploring simple lenses is an eBook on a CD-ROM. The CD contains a PDF with a file size of approximately 25MB. It is supplied in a compact jewel case and includes a set of five specially selected 100 x 100mm neutral density (ND) filters, which provide the ideal way to fine-tune exposure control with simple lenses.

The PDF has been designed in Landscape Page Setup, so each page is presented on the monitor screen as a complete design – you never need to scroll down.

There are 1490 pages, with a total word count well in excess of 250,000. The eBook also contains more than 350 photographs, 150 illustrations and 60 summaries of tabulated data.

About John Evans, the author:

John Evans is a UK-based photographer and writer with a background in professional photography, publishing and education. His previously published print-medium books include Photographic Lighting in Practice (David & Charles/ Element) and Adventures with Pinhole and Home-made Cameras (RotoVision). John was editor of Photo Technique magazine (Penblade Publishers) during the late 1970s/ early 1980s and has contributed hundreds of articles and regular features to many other magazines. His current activities are all centred on alternative photographic techniques, with a strong emphasis on unconventional in-camera image-formation, rather than post-exposure manipulations.

Feedback on the e-book:

“I’m very satisfied with both the product and the shopping process. While I haven’t had an opportunity to do much more than skim through the book, I’ve read enough to determine that the book is exactly what I had thought it would be.”

-Michael Grice

“I give you a big 10 all around. The e-book was well done. And the shopping process was excellent. Thank You.”

-Dennis Sullivan

“The package was dispatched promptly and I received it soon thereafter. I rate the product and the shopping process as 10 out of 10 and will surely shop again soon.”

-Joseph Gerges

“I bought your c.d. and really didn’t know what to expect. This type of photography absolutely resonates with me. I am viewing your CD right now and I totally love the images. Really glad I purchased it. I have a lot of experimenting to do!”

– Maria Griffin

“Fast shipment, the product was excellent and the service too.”

-Israel Ariño

“I really liked the CD. I learned a lot, sometimes too much.”

-Dan Abbott

“The book is an excellent example of how digital publishing, unconstrained by the costs of paper and printing, can provide an astonishing amount of information for very little money. Anyone interested in opening their eyes to the optical possibilities that surround us, from glass marbles to Pringles container tops and bits of broken bottles will love this book. Not for the Super-Apo-Everything crowd, of course, but great fun and inspiration for those of us who still feel the magic in making images.”

-Myron Gochnauer

“Interesting format for a book. An easy to read & informative book. I’m going to give it a try!”

-Andy Schmitt

“The book is well written, clear and rich of passion. I find it very useful, and it’s a pleasure to read it. Great!”

– Marco Scataglini

“It would have been nice if it was available in a traditional book format.”

– Don Mills

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