|This section of the site
originally only described Kodak Ektars and the structure of the section
still emphasizes that product line, as did Kodak publications. I have added
information about other professional and advanced amateur lenses, though
I've made no attempt to be comprehensive; for example, there is no information
about entry level still cameras or Ciné cameras and lenses.
The content and format for many pages in this section were derived directly from Kodak publications and my intention was and remains to give visitors a feel for the kinds of documentation about Kodak lenses that was available to users of Kodak optical products when they were produced. In this attempt at bibliographic correctness, site visitors may find navigation less than modern. The links below and internal page links attempt to bridge that gap.
|Additional information about Ektar lenses is available at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Instructions for access.|
|Ektar Home Page||Kodak Lens Index|
|About Ektar lens data||Kodak Lens Lineage|
|Kodak Ektar Summary||Kodak Lens Coating|
|Kodak Lenses and Shutters © 1939‡||Kodak Reference Handbook: Lenses, Rangefinders and Shutters section © 1940|
Reference Handbook: Lenses, Rangefinders and Shutters section ©
||Data Book on Lenses, Shutters and Portra Lenses, for Revising Kodak Reference Handbook, © 1942, 1945; Second 1946 Printing|
|Kodak Data Book: Lenses, Shutters and Portra Lenses, Third Edition, (1948)||Kodak Data Book: Lenses, Shutters and Portra Lenses, Fourth Edition, (1952)|
|Kodak Data Book: Lenses, Shutters and Portra Lenses, Fifth Edition, (1955)||Kodak Professional Handbook, Equipment Section, (1952)|
|Kodak Data Book: Lenses, Shutters and Portra Lenses, Sixth Edition, (1958)||Kodak Lens Serial Numbers|
This booklet predates the first edition of the Kodak Reference Handbook and contains detailed information about many more lens models and considerable background information about Kodak lens design and production.
Kodak issued replacement pages to registered owners of the original Kodak Reference Handbook which was published in a loose-leaf binder; the replacement pages contained updated information about new products and processes. Newer versions of the Handbook would have contained these pages. © dates in this material appear for 1940, 1942, 1943 and 1945 and perhaps other dates. One of the first separately bound Data Books was published in 1946 "For Revising Reference Handbooks," and noted as Second Printing.