The development and use of the zoom lens in American film and television: 1946-1974

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis


This dissertation documents two aspects of the development and use of zoom lenses in American film and television from 1946 to 1974. It contributes a detailed account of the impact of Zoomar lenses on early postwar American television, and of the later role of ‘TV Generation’ creative figures who started their careers in television before becoming feature directors. The dissertation demonstrates that early postwar American television is a rich untapped area for future investigations of the roots of film technology, and that from 1946 to 1974 zoom lens development was more gradual, incremental and complex than previously suggested.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • University of Exeter
  • Neale, Steve, Supervisor, External person
  • Lyons, James, Supervisor, External person
Thesis sponsors
Award date20 Dec 2022
Publication statusPublished - 26 Sept 2012

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