In my previous blog, I wrote about the new eye test technology called i.Scription developed by the optical company Carl Zeiss. At Charl Laäs Optometrists we have a long working relationship with Carl Zeiss and we use the company almost exclusively for our ophthalmic lens needs.

Judging by the many happy patients wearing our multifocal lenses it is our believe that the Zeiss GT2 3D progressive lens is one of the best multifocal lenses on the market. The reaction we get from everyone receiving these lenses are always the same, clear, comfortable vision with minimal peripheral distortion, no matter what progressive lens they were wearing prior to receiving the Zeiss GT2 3D lens.

ZeissGT23D multifocal lenses

Zeiss GT2 3DV lenses are custom-engineered using Precise-Form technology by ZEISS. By combining patented technology and dynamic polishing control with meticulous process engineering, all the design optics are applied with submicron accuracy to the backsurface of the lens, closer to the eye.

It then comes as no surprise to me that the world’s leading mobile phone company, Nokia, turned to the world’s leading optical company, Carl Zeiss, to provide the ophthalmic lenses for all the Nokia phone cameras and video cameras.

At this point you might be tempted to ask the question, “Now what’s so special about these Carl Zeiss lenses?” Well it’s because Carl Zeiss developed a special ophthalmic lens for the mobile phone industry called a Tessar lens.

The Zeiss Tessar lens and the birth of mobile photography

The Tessar lens for mobile camera devices is seen as a benchmark in optics. Different lens elements were processed in one single lens for the first time in 1902. (The Tessar lens was designed by Paul Rudolph, a highly talented scientist who worked with Carl Zeiss). The name Tessar comes from the Greek word “tessares”, meaning “four” and gives a clear indication of the original structure of the lens, pointing to the fact that the lens consists of four lens elements. One positive crown glass element at the front, one negative flint glass element at the centre and a negative plano-concave flint glass element cemented with a positive convex crown glass element at the rear. With it’s higher resolution, this innovative lens made mobile photography possible. The Tessar lens allowed, for the first time, small film formats (nowadays sensors), which in turn helped make cameras themselves smaller, lighter and more portable. All compact camera lenses today are based on that original invention!

Movies shot on the Nokia N8 mobile phone

The capabilities of the N8 doesn’t just end with photos. It’s 720p HD video recording renders smooth videos. To showcase the brilliance of the camera director Thomas Hilland was asked to test drive the Nokia N8, and make a film that made the most of the smartphone’s impressive HD camera.

The short film called ‘Dragonfly Love’ features music by Kap Bambino, remote-controlled dragonflies, a stunning Norwegian landscape, and some men in colourful costume.

You can see how they shot the entire short movie using on the Nokia N8 mobile phone in the ‘Making of Dragonfly Love’ film below.

Another movie shot entirely on the Nokia N8 is the stop animation movie ‘Gulp’. ‘Gulp’ was created by Sumo Science at Aardman, depicting a fisherman going about his daily catch. Shot on location at Pendine Beach in South Wales, every frame of this stop-motion animation was shot using a Nokia N8, with its 12 megapixel camera and Carl Zeiss optics. The film has broken a world record for the ‘largest stop-motion animation set’, with the largest scene stretching over 11,000 square feet.

You can also see the film ‘The Making of Gulp’, taking you behind the scenes on ‘Gulp’, Aardman’s world record breaking short film. It reveals what went in to making such a complex film outside and away from the controlled environment of a studio, and how it was shot using a Nokia N8.