Lens technology at Silmo

Innovations filled the exhibit halls at Silmo in Paris last month. Chris Bennett brings back tales of technological breakthroughs from the front line

Technology has dominated the lens landscape for the past few years at Silmo and 2016 was certainly no exception.

While previous Paris shows have centred around particular technologies this year’s had an eclectic mix of new lens offerings. One of the most unusual, certainly from a UK standpoint, was Divel Italia’s Tattoo. This interesting idea creates artwork on the lens itself and impressed the judges of the Silmo d’Or awards process enough to put it on the shortlist of lens entries.

The way Tattoo works is by sublimating ink into the surface of the lens in any pattern the user requires. As the ink goes from solid direct to a gas state it becomes part of the lens mass creating a very stable and infinitely customisable decoration.

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