• Ray, Sidney. Applied Photographic Optics. Focal Press: 2002. 680 pages.

The content of this book was hitherto spread among different editions and volumes, but this puts it all together in one place. Explains in careful detail the design, performance, and principles of optics as applied to the field of photography and imaging. A nice companion to...

  • Kingslake, Rudolf. A History of the Photographic Lens. Academic Press: 1989. 334 pages.

Not the easiest read because of its sometimes confusing writing style, but it is so far the best thing we have on the development of objectives and optics for photographic tools.