>Does anyone out there know when and by whom the zoom lens was invented?
>And in which movie(s) it was first used?
I can't guarantee it's the first, but one of the earliest uses I've
seen is in one of those '30s Maurice Chevalier musicals--LOVE ME
TONIGHT (1932), I think. Directed by Rouben Mamoulian.
From what I understand, the variable focus length lens they used back
then was a big, boxy thing where you manually manipulated the lens