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    I watched the video and across the room is my 14" Kodak Commercial Ektar in shutter sleeping in the original wooden box which is shinny black with the Kodak emblem on it. It's like the saying. "how young we were" in the context of technology. So why use those lenses today? See the video and how much craftsmanship went into each and every one. How far apart is that Ektar from my iPhone that I watched it with?
    Everytime I find a film or paper that I like, they discontinue it. - Paul Strand - Aperture monograph on Strand

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    I'm sure lenses are still made with this sort of quality somewhere. It is sad that Americans are not allowed to make them any more ... at one time we led the world in so many things.

    I've been using a Kodak Medalist with one of those hand-made Ektars this last week. Excellent glass ...
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    Basically lenses are made the some way today, except of a bit more robotics, and those precision moulded lenses from plastic or glass-plastic hybrides. The most changes seem to be in the barrel-making. And most important, advanced computing technology.

    I rather see this film as a a very good educational film than as documentary of industry history.



    The modern version of this film would be this one:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=MKNFW0YwDYw

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=qzpt49qq6v4

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=6bQ3-DWh-rA
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    Very interesting.

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    AgX - very true! After watching the modern day videos you have above I am left remembering the old saying:

    The more things change the more they stay the same
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    It surprises me that no one noticed that the Kodak clip showed them using an ANALOG computer!

    They were very accurate and ANALOG!

    PE

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    I knew, but somehow I did not found it worth mentioning.
    I'm living in the past anyway...

    ALL Zuse computers though, from 1938 on, were digital. His first one employed old used cine film for punched tape. Blasphemy!!! That's when the evil started!
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    I noticed the analog computer too, in that timeframe it would have been more accurate than most available digital computers.

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    The film reminded me of the similar Kodak film on film manufacture from 1958.
    I thought this lens making film to be from the 50's.

    Are there other other hints that Point to the 40's?

    -) the film starts with showing a Kodak Ektra
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    The British Film Institute dates this film of 1950.

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