Is it possible to make a rectangular lens?

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Mikhail Tal
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Is it possible to make a rectangular lens?
Aug 2, 2013

That way it could be much smaller since it would not need to waste space that is not covered by the rectangular image sensor. The other option is a circular sensor that outputs circular images but that is not as space-efficient, so a rectangular lens, if possible, would seem to be ideal. It would also allow for a larger sensor for a given body size as the sensor could take up much more space in the lens mount. Essentially you could put a full frame sensor in a body the same height as current NEX and m4/3 bodies.

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