Caldwell Photographic

consulting, design, development, manufacture

1050 Temple Avenue, 216, Colonial Heights, VA 23834
(954) 401-8263

About Us

Brian Caldwell and Caldwell Photographic, Inc.

Brian Caldwell earned a Ph.D. in Optics from The University of Rochester in 1988.  He has more than 30 experience in the fields of lens design and optical engineering, with more than 100 different manufactured products to his credit.  In 1988 he founded Optical Data Solutions to develop LensVIEW, and extensive database of more than 30,000 optical designs from the patent literature.  After working as an optical designer first at Projectavision and then at Concord Camera he founded Caldwell Photographic Inc. in 2001 to do independent consulting, and to develop and manufacture optical products.
Commercial products designed by Dr. Caldwell include a 60mm UV-VIS-IR apochromat licensed for manufacture by Jenoptik Optical Systems, a 120mm UV-VIS-IR apochromat used to make multi-spectral photographs of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and an innovative series of universal photographic focal reducers currently marketed by Metabones with the Speed BoosterTM trademark.
Caldwell Photographic has recently embarked on the design and manufacture of a series of anamorphic adapters and prime lenses.  Despite having a front anamorphic architecture to give desirable artifacts such as oval bokeh, these lenses are extremely compact and uniform in size and weight.  Two other major projects currently underway are the Neo Baltar and Neo Super Baltar series, which are based on actual optical prescriptions and blueprints of the original Baltar lenses from the 1930’s and 1960’s.