Today in History(1888): Lens Maker Carl Zeiss Dies at the Age of 72

Photography may never be what it is now if not for this great innovator’s contributions.

As we all know, lenses play a good deal when it comes to creating one-of-a-kind shots. Every ray of light and slight opening of the aperture comes into consideration. And this man had been instrumental in bringing us some of clearest images in the earlier days of photography.

Images via Parameter and Andrew Gasson

Carl Zeiss was a German lens maker who opened up his own shop in Jena, Thuringia, Germany. The company was known as Carl Zeiss Optical Works in Jena and created high-quality lenses for microscopes. Zeiss’s lens became popular due to the quality of craftsmanship that goes into each individual lens. Zeiss continued making microscopes until the arrival of cameras. The little workshop in Jena also started creating top-of-the-line lenses for cameras.

Images via Nokia Conversations and Wikipedia Commons

Zeiss’s high-quality optical lenses became a hit among camera manufacturers. Carl Zeiss lenses were known for their clear images and high aperture range that allowed for brighter images. The German lens maker partnered with physicist Ernest Abbe in 1866. And with their combined efforts, the pair discovered the Abbe sine condition.

Here are some photos from the community taken using Carl Zeiss lenses:

Credits: larslau, dreamseller & marije

The company that Carl Zeiss founded still continues to make top-of-the-line lenses for cinematography, photography and industrial use. Born on September 11, 1816, the famed lens maker died of natural causes on December 3, 1888 following a stroke. His name still bears the stamp of craftsmanship and high-quality optics. His contributions to photography live on with products that carry his name.

All information used in this article were sourced from Wikipedia - Carl Zeiss, Camerapedia - Carl Zeiss and Zeiss.

Like this article? Check out more stories from our Today in History and Throwback Thursday series.

Related posts:
Carl Zeiss Werramat - Staff Review

written by cheeo on 2013-12-03 in #lifestyle

More Interesting Articles

  • The New Petzval Lens Is Now Available For Regular Purchase!

    written by tomas_bates on 2014-08-14 in #news
    The New Petzval Lens Is Now Available For Regular Purchase!

    The day has finally come! We are very excited to tell you that you can now order the Lomography New Petzval Lens for immediate delivery from the Online Shop or purchase it in your hands at Gallery Stores. To put full focus on our favorite portrait lens, soon we will be hosting special launch parties in our Gallery stores all over the globe! So do not miss an opportunity to become part of the sensational New Petzval Lens family today.

    1
  • A Quick Chat With Lindsey Lee

    written by cheeo on 2014-03-26 in #lifestyle
    A Quick Chat With Lindsey Lee

    There can never be an age that's too young or too old for film photography. That’s what photographer Lindsey Lee proves when it comes to her commercial work in film. Check out what she said in our quick chat with her after the jump.

  • Lomo'Instant Accessory Challenge

    written by antoniocastello on 2015-02-04 in #world #competitions
    Lomo'Instant Accessory Challenge

    Do you love being creative? How about instant photography? If the answer is yes, no or maybe, then we've got a jam happening with your name written all over it! Being the most creative instant camera around, it's difficult to imagine the Lomo'Instant becoming any more awesome. But what would happen if you and your pals put on your thinking caps for a Lomo'Instant accessory brainstorming session of the ages — limitless creative potential! Show us your skills by joining the Lomo'Instant Accessory Challenge!

  • Shop News

    the perfect surprise for every analogue loving enthusiast

     the perfect surprise for every analogue loving enthusiast

    Let your loved one pick the gift of their dreams. Lomography Online Shop Gift Certificates are the perfect present for every analogue devotee on your gift list

  • Finally, My Own Petzval Lens

    written by pearlgirl77 on 2014-11-20 in #reviews
    Finally, My Own Petzval Lens

    In April of this year I had the chance to test the Petzval Lens and to write a review on it for the German photography forum Kwerfeldein. The lens excited me from the very beginning, at the time it was introduced on Kickstarter. I was afraid that once I had tested the lens, I would want to have one of my own! Well, that’s what happened; a year later, I finally bought my very own Petzval lens.

    1
  • Photo of the Day by avola

    written by cheeo on 2014-03-08 in #news
    Photo of the Day by avola

    We all have our own special place where we can sit for hours and marvel at wonderful things. If this spot is avola's, we are not going to be surprised! This perfectly framed and well-balanced landscape photograph is our Photo of the Day!

  • Photographer Gilbert Blecken Captures Iconic Musicians on Film

    written by hannah_brown on 2015-03-02 in #people #lifestyle
    Photographer Gilbert Blecken Captures Iconic Musicians on Film

    Back in the 1990s, Gilbert Blecken was a big music fan and wrote for his own small music fanzine. He would interview bands in between sound checks and take photographs of them. He was never a professional photographer or worked for a company; he simply did it for his fanzine. Twenty years on, Gilbert’s photographs have matured into an amazing documentation of some of the biggest music icons of that era. We caught up with Gilbert to ask him about these photographs and the fascinating story behind them.

    4
  • Shop News

    Wear lomo-love on your skin

    Wear lomo-love on your skin

    You’ve shouted your analogue love from the rooftops and worn your heart on your sleeve – Now it’s time to take it to the next level and wear it on your skin! Our new Lomography Tattoos are fun, easy to apply and come in five designs.

  • Catfordst is our LomoHome of the Day!

    written by Eunice Abique on 2015-03-02 in #world #news
    Catfordst is our LomoHome of the Day!

    From everyone here in Lomography, congratulations to catfordst for winning Home of the Day!

    3
  • Photo of the Day by megalithicmatt

    written by Eunice Abique on 2015-03-02 in #world #news
    Photo of the Day by megalithicmatt

    Bathing in blue, this wintry landscape looks utterly magical.

    1
  • 'In the Studio: Photographs' on Show in NYC

    written by Julien Matabuena on 2015-03-02 in #world #news #events
    'In the Studio: Photographs' on Show in NYC

    Have a glimpse of the workspaces of some of the most renowned photographers through this major exhibition, ongoing at the Gagosian Gallery Madison Avenue.

    1
  • Shop News

    Immortalize your best shot on Aluminium!

    Immortalize your best shot on Aluminium!

    Carefully enlarged from your negatives onto premium photographic paper by lab professionals, each picture is a unique piece of craftsmanship.

  • March Workshops and Events at Lomography Soho

    written by hannah_brown on 2015-03-02 in #world #news #events
    March Workshops and Events at Lomography Soho

    Those long, frosty, dark nights are finally behind us. It's time to dust of your Diana F+; wipe down your LC-A Wide and get shooting again! Join us for some fabulous workshops and events in Soho and come and visit us in March at the Birmingham NEC as part of The Photography Show 2015. Read on for the full line up.

  • March 2015 Workshops and Events at Lomography NYC

    written by mindofmyra on 2015-03-02 in #world #news #events
    March 2015 Workshops and Events at Lomography NYC

    It's time to come out of winter hibernation! The warm weather of spring is around the corner, and it's time to celebrate. From a bar crawl to a community group exhibition, we're doing it all. So grab your kilts and clovers and come join us for another round of fun!

  • Light Painting Bash with the Lomo'Instant

    written by bgaluppo on 2015-03-02 in #gear #lifestyle
    Light Painting Bash with the Lomo'Instant

    Have you ventured into light painting before? It's so fun and there are so many ways for you to explore it, we promise you'll never get bored. The folks here at HQ had a blast playing around with the Lomo'Instant and the result was a bunch of adorable, colorful photos!

    1