Cameraman designs wide-angle lens:
Necessity is the mother of invention. This was definitely the case when Canadian cameraman René J. Collins needed a wide angle shot while working for a TV station in Western Canada. The station was not about to purchase an expensive wide-angle lens for him, and René needing this shot was not about to give up. He discussed the problem with an old friend who used to work in an optics lab and together, through trial and error they produced a wide-angle lens that was to form the basis of today's development of The Red Eye ™ wide angle adapter.
...But that was almost twenty years
ago and much has changed since then.
had been using the original prototype I had designed for many years.
It wasn’t until the 90s when the cut backs started at Canadian
Broadcasting Corporation, where I worked full time, that the idea
manufacturing and selling these adapters occurred to me. Cutbacks in
overtime and availability of advancement were becoming limited. I
became concerned about the need to generate revenue to support my
family and determine my future career plans."
"Re-designing the lens to perform to the broadcast standards of professional cameramen was not an easy task. I began reading anything and everything there was about lenses and optics. I exhausted the local library to the point that I had to bring books from other parts of the country to fill in my quest for knowledge."
"Once I had a good grasp of the basics of optical physics, I
went about finding the right people to help with the manufacturing and to
create this innovative product. The result is The Red Eye
™ wide angle
adapter we see today".