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Roger Cicala - Guest Speaker

When:
Thursday, October 17, 2019, 7:00 PM until 8:30 PM
Where:
Longinotti Auditorium at St Francis Hospital
5959 Park Av.
Memphis, TN  38119

Category:
Speaker
Registration is not Required

Roger Cicala

Roger Cicala was originally a physician who photographed as a hobby. He founded Lensrentals.com in 2006 as a way to justify buying more equipment to use.


Roger Cicala

Much to his surprise it grew rapidly and he left his medical practice to run Lensrentals full-time in 2010. Lensrentals is now the largest imagine equipment rental firm in the U. S., employing nearly 200 people. Roger is no longer the CEO of Lensrentals, but does still run the QA, testing, and repair departments. 



As a side effect of running an equipment rental house he became interested in optical testing and manufacture and started Olaf Optical Testing in 2011 and C-4 Optical Design in 2014.


People working at a desk

a fisheye lens

C-4 Optical Design prototypes weird lenses, such as the 4.9mm f3.5 Hyperfisheye lens. Olaf Optical Testing is now considered one of the premier optical testing facilities in the U. S. and does optical testing and consultant work for NASA, Jet Propulsion Labs, Sony, Leica, and Sigma among others. 



Roger is the only person to have published scientific articles both in the fields of Medicine, and of Optical Physics, and his blog2 is a respected resource for optical testing. Currently, Roger is old and has been attempting, with very little success, to retire for the last couple of years. 
Roger Cicala at work

1 Dube, Cicala, Jannick, and Closz: MTF Full-Field Displays for Camera Lenses. SPIE Proceedings, 105, 2017. 


2 https://www.lensrentals.com/blog/category/equipment/lensoptics/


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