OSA's Digital Library

Journal of the Optical Society of America

Journal of the Optical Society of America

  • Vol. 22, Iss. 4 — Apr. 1, 1932
  • pp: 207–221


R. KINGSLAKE  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA, Vol. 22, Issue 4, pp. 207-221 (1932)

View Full Text Article

Acrobat PDF (1048 KB)

Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Browse by Journal and Year


Lookup Conference Papers

Close Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Article Tools



In planning the equipment for the recently established Institute of Applied Optics at the University of Rochester, it was decided to build a photographic lens testing bench, which should be suitable both for instruction to students and for research work. A description of the construction, adjustment, and use of the bench is given in the present paper.

In designing the bench, it was decided to use a distant point source of light or other suitable test object, and to mount the lens so that it can be rotated about a vertical axis through its second nodal point, and set at any desired obliquity up to 60°. The image formed by the lens is then examined with a microscope in the usual way. It was also decided to incorporate an automatic mechanism to ensure that the focusing point of the microscope is always in the ideal flat field which the lens should have; and further, to provide such auxiliary motions as are necessary to test telephoto lenses.

Scales are provided for the direct measurement of astigmatism, curvature of field, distortion, and oblique color; and by suitable means it is also possible to determine the amount of spherical and chromatic aberration should this be required. The range of focal lengths is from 5 to 60 cms with a provision for the direct measurement of the equivalent focal length and the back focus of the lens.

The bench contains within itself adequate means for making complete adjustments of all its parts, and for correctly setting the zeros of all scales.

The paper is divided into four sections:

I Theoretical considerations

II Mechanical construction of the bench

III Adjustments of the various parts

IV Criticisms of the design.


Sort:  Journal  |  Reset


  1. A similar mechanism is used in the lens testing bench made by Messrs R. and J. Beck, see Glazebrook 'Dictionary of Applied Physics' 4, p. 5; and also by Messrs Adam Hilger Ltd. in their lens testing interferometers, see Trans. Opt. Soc. 22, 174; 1920–21 and Proc. Opt. Conv. 1926, p. 1032.
  2. Trans. Opt. Soc., 23, 188; 1921–22.
  3. J.O.S.A., 4, 1; 1920.
  4. There are other possible sources of error to be considered here; See J. A. Tomkins On the Nodal Slide Method of Focometry Phil. Mag. 35, 21; 1918.
  5. J. Sc. Inst. 1, 209; 1923–24.
  6. By this term is meant the line through the horizontal axis of rotation of the lens holder, parallel to the left-hand rod on which the microscope carriage runs.
  7. Trans. Opt. Soc. 22, 235; 1920–21.
  8. Trans. Opt. Soc. 28, 37; 1926–27.

Cited By

Alert me when this paper is cited

OSA is able to provide readers links to articles that cite this paper by participating in CrossRef's Cited-By Linking service. CrossRef includes content from more than 3000 publishers and societies. In addition to listing OSA journal articles that cite this paper, citing articles from other participating publishers will also be listed.

« Previous Article  |  Next Article »

OSA is a member of CrossRef.

CrossCheck Deposited