Apochromatic refers to a type of lens or optical device designed to bring three wavelengths of light (typically red, green, and blue) into focus in the same plane. This design significantly reduces chromatic aberration compared to achromatic lenses, which only correct for two wavelengths. 




  1. Reprographic Cameras: Apochromatic lenses are used in high-end reprographic cameras to capture detailed images of documents and artworks for exact reproduction in print, ensuring that the color and details remain true to the original.
  2. Prepress Color Proofing: In the prepress phase, apochromatic lenses are crucial for capturing and reviewing color proofs. Their ability to minimize color errors helps in making accurate adjustments before final printing, thus ensuring that the printed colors match the proof.
  3. Fine Art Reproduction: For reproducing fine art prints where exact color replication is critical, apochromatic lenses provide the necessary precision to capture all details of the original artwork, resulting in high-quality prints that closely mimic the original.


  • Invest in Quality Equipment: Consider equipping scanning and photographic devices with apochromatic lenses to significantly enhance the quality of image reproduction, especially for high-value printing projects.
  • Regular Calibration: Maintain equipment with apochromatic lenses regularly to ensure they continue to provide optimal performance. Calibration should be done according to the manufacturer’s guidelines to maintain accuracy in color reproduction.
  • Expert Handling: Ensure that operators and technicians are trained in the use of apochromatic lenses to maximize their benefits. Understanding how to correctly utilize these lenses can significantly impact the quality of the final print product.
  • Combine with High-Quality Printing Techniques: Pair them with advanced printing techniques and high-quality inks. This combination will ensure that the improvements in detail and color accuracy are preserved in the final printed materials.

To learn more about this or other print equipment, contact AP&B today.