Masahiro Oono has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
Abstract: A stepping motor driving apparatus for a camera includes 1-2 phase excitation type stepping motors and a drive controller for driving and stopping the stepping motors so that the driven stepping motors are stopped always at a detent position.
Abstract: A stepping motor driving apparatus for a camera having a 1-2 phase excitation type stepping motor which is driven by a 1-2 phase excitation in response to a drive signal includes a drive control device for stopping the stepping motor at a 1-phase excitation position by de-energizing the stepping motor at the 1-phase excitation position and for stopping the stepping motor at a 2-phase excitation position while maintaining the excitation in a high precision drive control in which the stepping motor is driven at high precision. The drive control device stops the stepping motor by de-energizing the stepping motor always at the 1-phase excitation position in a normal drive control in which no precise drive control of the stepping motor is needed.
Abstract: A time-sharing drive apparatus for a camera having a plurality of motors includes a motor drive control system which alternately drives the motors in a time-sharing control. When the camera includes a zoom lens provided with a first stationary lens group, a second movable lens group and a third movable lens group, the motors are composed of a first motor which opens and closes a diaphragm of the zoom lens, a second motor which moves the second lens group, and a third motor which drives the third lens group. The motor drive control system which drives the first, second and third motors is controlled via a time-sharing system.
Abstract: A beam projecting apparatus which includes a light source emitting a laser beam; and a beam projecting device which includes a beam projecting portion from which the laser beam is projected outwardly so that the laser beam has a beam waist position at a predetermined position apart from the beam projecting apparatus. The beam projecting apparatus further includes a beam waist position adjusting optical system which is disposed along a light path from the light source to the beam projecting portion, at least one lens element of the beam waist position adjusting optical system being movable along an optical axis thereof; a temperature detecting device for detecting a temperature in the beam projecting apparatus; and a controller for controlling a movement of the at least one lens element in association with the temperature detected by the temperature detecting device so that a deviation of the beam waist position from the predetermined position due to a temperature change is minimized.
Abstract: A beam projecting apparatus includes a light source that emits a laser beam and a colliminating lens that renders the emitted laser beam a substantially parallel beam. A beam projecting device includes a beam projecting portion from which the laser beam is projected outwardly so that the laser beam has a beam waist located at a predetermined position spaced from the beam projecting apparatus. The beam projecting apparatus further includes a system that detects a curvature of wavefront of the substantially parallel beam at the predetermined position.
Abstract: An automatic focusing apparatus of a camera includes a photographing lens having a focusing lens group and a focus control mechanism which moves the focusing lens group to a hyper-focal distance position when no effective object distance is obtained.
Abstract: A drive apparatus for a zoom lens barrel having at least two movable zooming lens groups which are moved upon zooming, comprising: two lens frames which support the movable zooming lens groups, two cam pins integral with the lens frames and extending in the same direction, two parallel rotatable drive plates which are provided with cam grooves in which the cam pins are fitted, and two drive units which drive the respective drive plates upon zooming. The cam profile of the cam grooves of the drive plates is such that the movable zooming lens groups are moved in predetermined directions by the rotation of the drive plates during zooming.
Abstract: A drive apparatus for a zoom lens barrel having a plurality of movable lens groups, comprising: a lens barrel body which supports lens frames of the movable lens groups to move linearly in the optical axis direction, a lens drive unit which is assembled independently of the lens barrel body, driven pins provided on the lens frames and projecting outward from the barrel body in the same direction, and a plurality of drive members having engaging portions engageable with the driven pins. The drive motor which independently drives the drive members and drive gears connects the drive members to the drive motor, is provided in said lens drive unit. The lens drive unit is secured to the lens barrel body in a state that the driven pins projecting from the lens barrel body are engaged by the engaging portions of the corresponding drive members of the lens drive unit.
Abstract: A motor-driven diaphragm apparatus for a lens barrel having a plurality of lens groups and a diaphragm mechanism, in which a diaphragm block provided with a plurality of diaphragm blades and a diaphragm-opening-and-closing ring which opens and closes an aperture defined by the diaphragm blades, is integrally provided with a diaphragm-opening-and-closing arm that projects from the diaphragm block and that is provided with a radial association groove for the diaphragm-opening-and-closing ring. Also provided are front and rear lens barrel blocks which support the lens groups, wherein said diaphragm block is held between the front and rear lens barrel blocks so that the diaphragm-opening-and-closing arm and the association groove project outwardly.
Abstract: A chromatic aberration correcting element that is a simple lens having at least one aspheric surface the radius of curvature of which increases from the optical axis toward the periphery, at least either one of the surfaces being formed as a diffraction lens surface that consists of annular segments in steps that are shifted discretely in a direction in which the lens thickness increases as a function of the distance from the optical axis. Also, a chromatic aberration correcting device having annular segments formed in steps on either a light entrance face or a light exit face or both, the annular segments being composed of planes perpendicular to and concentric with the optical axis.
Abstract: A drive apparatus for a zoom lens barrel having at least two movable lens groups, one of which is used also as a focusing lens group comprising: a pair of lens frames which respectively hold the two movable lens groups, a pair of driven pins which are integrally provided on the lens a drive cam plate which is provided with a pair of cam surfaces which engage with the corresponding driven pins and which is rotatable about an axis, a rack plate which is supported to move in the optical axis direction of the movable lens groups and which is provided with an engaging portion which engages with the driven pin of the movable lens group that is used also as a focusing lens group, a first drive mechanism which includes a first motor for swinging the drive cam plate in the forward and reverse directions, and a second drive mechanism which includes a second motor for moving the rack plate without having an influence on the angular position of the drive cam plate.
Abstract: A light transmission device includes a semiconductor laser for emitting a laser flux, an optical fiber for transmitting the laser flux emitted from the semiconductor laser, and a device that prevents the laser flux, reflected at an incident end surface of the optical fiber, from returning to the semiconductor laser. In particular, the preventing device may be a slanted incident end surface of the optical fiber, such that the reflected laser flux at the incident end surface is directed away from the semiconductor laser. The preventing device may also be an optical isolator that is disposed between the semiconductor laser and the incident end surface of the optical fiber.
Abstract: A light intensity controlling device has a beam splitter which splits light fluxes emitted from a plurality of independently controlled semiconductor lasers, guided by optical fibers, into monitor light fluxes and main light fluxes. A gain adjusting circuit corrects the changes of output of light receiving elements depending on the polarization states of the light fluxes incident into the beam splitter. The changes result from the polarization characteristics of the optical fibers and/or the beam splitter. Alternatively, a filter is provided at one of the light receiving elements to compensate for the changes, thus providing a corrected output signal. Laser control circuits control the light emitting intensity of each semiconductor laser based on corrected output signals. The light receiving elements are set at an angle to the incoming light as so to avoid directing reflected light back toward an imaging system or the lasers.
Abstract: A drive apparatus for a zoom lens barrel having at least two movable lens groups, one of which is used also as a focusing lens group, comprising a pair of lens frames which respectively hold the two movable lens groups, a pair of driven pins which are integrally provided on the lens frames, a drive cam plate which is provided with a pair of cam surfaces which engage with the corresponding driven pins and which is rotatable about an axis, a drive mechanism which includes a motor for driving the drive cam plate, and a detection mechanism which detects the angular position of the drive cam plate. One of the cam surfaces that corresponds to the movable lens group, other than the focusing lens group, is defined by a stepped cam surface having discrete sections which are adapted to set the focal length discretely, so that no movement of the movable lens group takes place in the range of the angular position of the drive cam plate corresponding to the discrete sections.
Abstract: A drive apparatus for a zoom lens barrel, in which at least two movable zooming lens groups are moved upon zooming, includes lens frames which respectively hold the two movable zooming lens groups, two parallel drive plates which are provided with cam grooves and which are pivoted to a common shaft to move the two movable zooming lens groups, a pair of drive gears which are in mesh with corresponding sector gears of the drive plates, and two drive mechanisms which individually drive the drive gears upon zooming.
Abstract: A zoom electronic camera comprising a lens casing which contains therein a zoom lens having at least two movable zooming lens groups, a drive mechanism including a motor for driving the movable zooming lens groups, a solid state image pickup device which picks up an object image through the zoom lens, a lens CPU which controls the drive mechanism including the motor, and a body casing which contains therein a signal processing circuit which processes an image signal supplied from the solid state image pickup device and which is relatively rotatably connected to the lens casing through a cylindrical portion about which the relative rotation takes place. The zoom lens, the drive mechanism including the motor and the solid state image pickup device are located on the side of the cylindrical portion opposite to the lens CPU.
Abstract: A scanning optical device that includes a laser source that emits a laser beam; a deflector for deflecting a laser beam to form a scanning beam spot on an image surface; a beam splitter, between the laser source and the deflector, and a sensor positioned in a predetermined position relative to the beam splitter. In particular, the beam splitter includes a reflective area in which the laser beam from the laser source is reflected and a transmitting area that is distinct from the reflective area through which the laser beam is transmitted. One of the reflected laser beam or transmitted laser beam is a main beam to be deflected by the deflector and the other is a monitor beam to be detected by the sensor.
Abstract: A multi-beam scanning optical device. The multi-beam scanning optical device has a plurality of light emitting elements, a deflector that deflects a plurality of light fluxes emitted form the light emitting elements, and a scanning lens system that converges the light fluxes deflected by the deflector to form a plurality of light spots on a surface to be scanned. The light emitting elements are selected to satisfy a condition:.vertline..DELTA..lambda..vertline.<7.6.times.10.sup.3 /(.alpha..times.D),where .DELTA..lambda. is a wavelength error (unit:nm) of each of the plurality of light emitting elements from a reference wavelength, D is a resolution of the scanning optical device (unit:dots per inch (dpi)), and .alpha. is a ratio of a lateral chromatic aberration (unit:.lambda.m) per change in wavelength of 1 nm at an edge of a scanning range, where the scanning range defines an area in which an image is formed.
Abstract: A scanning optical device that includes a light source for emitting a light flux; a polygon mirror including a plurality of reflecting surfaces for deflecting the light flux to form a scanning beam spot on an image surface; a polygon mirror cover that covers the polygon mirror; and an optical sensor. The polygon mirror is provided with a mark on the top surface thereof that is eccentric from a rotation axis of the polygon mirror. Also, the polygon mirror cover includes a cylindrical rib formed on an inner surface of the top wall projecting toward the polygon mirror in a space between the top wall and the polygon mirror. The optical sensor is provided for detecting the mark and projects toward the polygon mirror from the inner surface of the top wall, through the cylindrical rib, such that the optical sensor forms a part of the cylindrical rib.
Abstract: A beam projecting apparatus has a light source and a reflecting device for reflecting and rotating a bundle of light emitted from the light source for forming a reference plane. A shape converting optical system is provided in an optical path from the light source to the reflecting device for converting the bundle of light from an elliptical sectional shape to a circular sectional shape.