The Canon Virtual Lens Plant and Why Lenses are Expensive

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Canon Virtual Lens Plant

It’s the weekend and maybe we can revisit the good old Canon Virtual Lens Plant and learn a bit about the manufacturing process that goes into the production of camera lenses.

What’s in it for me, you may ask; well, for one you’ll get to know why many lenses are so-o-o-o expensive, costing much more than your DSLR in many cases. For another, it’s good for you, kiddo, education is always a virtue.

The plant tour takes you from the fine powder mix at the start of the production process to the finished lens, in this case an EF 500mm f/4L IS.

It also features descriptions of Canon lens technologies and interviews with Canon staff involved in lens production.

Be warned, though, watch it only if you have a good broadband connection; anything less than 768 Kbps is a drag, but you can try.


Published by Chris Malinao

Chris teaches Lightroom as workflow software to photography students at the FPPF, Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation. He also teaches smartphone photography.