Zoom Bibliography

This represents a very limited range of key sources of useful information on the development and use of zoom lenses in American film and television. They are presented in alphabetical order by author, and are formatted in MLA citation style.

Back, Frank G. “The Physical Properties and the Practical Application of the Zoomar Lens.” Journal of the Society of Motion Picture Engineers 49.1 (Jul 1947): 57-63.

—. “The Zoomar Lens.” American Cinematographer 28.3 (1947): 87+.

—. Varifocal Lens for Cameras. US: Patent 2454686. 23 Nov 1948.

—. Varifocal Lens System for Motion Picture and Television Cameras. US: Patent 2718817. 27 Sep 1955.

Barker, Jennifer M. “Neither Here Nor There: Synaesthesia and the Cosmic Zoom.” New Review of Film and Television Studies 7.3 (2009): 311-24.

Barnouw, Erik. Tube Of Plenty. New York: Oxford UP, 1975.

Belton, John. “The Bionic Eye: Zoom Esthetics.” Cineaste 11.1 (1980/1): 20-7.

Gortych, Joseph E. “Lens Design Patents: The View From Court-Space.” Optics & Photonics News (Jun 1996): 29-33+.

Joannides, Paul. “The Aesthetics of the Zoom Lens.” Sight & Sound 40.1 (Winter 1970/1): 40-2.

Kaminsky, Stuart M. “The Use and Abuse of the Zoom Lens.” Filmmakers Newsletter 5.12 (Oct 1972): 20-3.

Kingslake, Rudolf. A History Of The Photographic Lens. London: Academic Press, 1989.

Klaw, Spencer and Brendan Gill. “The Talk of the Town.” The New Yorker 22 Nov 1947: 28-9.

Herb Lightman “The Angénieux Story.” American Cinematographer Mar 1975: 326-8+.

Mascelli, Joseph V. “Filming Courtroom Dramas For Television.” American Cinematographer 40.1 (Jan 1959): 32-33+.

“NBC and Du Mont Begin Experimenting On Air With Zoomar Television Lens.” Broadcasting-Telecasing 17 Mar 1947: 41.

Roe, Alvin D. “The Zoomar Varifocal Lens For 16mm Cameras.” American Cinematographer 35.1 (Jan 1954): 27+.

Salt, Barry. “Film Style and Technology in the Forties.” Film Quarterly 31.1 (1977): 46-57.

—. Film Style and Technology: History and Analysis. 2nd. London: Starword, 1992.

Sobchack, Vivian. “The Active Eye.” Quarterly Review of Film and Video 12.3 (1990): 21-36.

Sparshott, F E. “Vision and Dream in the Cinema.” Philosophy of Film and Motion Pictures: An Anthology. Ed. Noel Carroll and Jinhee Choi. Oxford: Blackwell, 2006. 84-90.

Walker, Joseph B and Juanita Walker. The Light On Her Face. Hollywood, CA: ASC Press, 1984.

Wees, William C. “Prophecy, Memory and the Zoom: Michael Snow’s Wavelength re-viewed.” Ciné-Tracts 4.2-3 (Fall 1981): 78-83.

Willemen, Paul. “The Zoom in Popular Cinema: A Question of Performance.” Rouge 1 (2003).