So this is how my Canon lenses get made...

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  1. stenchlord

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    Ooooerr, thats awesome. How mad is the molten glass.

    Edit: After watching the whole thing, I had no idea there was that much human involvement in the making of the lenses. Surely this cant be the case with all their lenses. After all, the sale of one 500mm is enough for the whole factories wages for a day I suppose...
     
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    Excellent link - thanks! :thumbup:
     
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    Gawd damn.

    I knew there was a lot involved, but I didn't know exactly what happened. Always wanted to watch some thing like that.

    Cheers.
     
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    Very cool. Thanks for the link.

    Dna
     
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    Fantastic. Thanks alot for that - very interesting.

    Only thing is - I was getting a bit tired of hearing "EF 500 millimeter f4 L IS" - try saying that 10 times over hehe.
     
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    You forgot USM :p
     
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    Very cool.. that explains why they're so expensive

    Is anyone a little alarmed that they're making the big 500mm L's with no dust or hair precautions?

    The only protection she has is finger condoms..
     
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    very cool, thanks for sharing that
     
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    Yeah i was thinking the exact same thing.

    There's a lot of manual labour going into these lenses, i guess thats one of the reasons why they are so expensive.
     
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    If you click on the lens gallery they explain a few things about the different lenses, i.e. UD lenses etc..

    No problems for the link. A friend found it and though I'd be interested so thought I would share :)
     
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    Awesome link, thanks for that :thumbup:
     
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    It really gives you an idea why everything is so expensive.

    Remember that per kg of glass it's $1000 too but the effort that goes into making one takes 5-7 weeks apparently.
     
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    Are all L lenses made by hand or is it only the higher end ones like the 500/4 ?
     
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    Truly amazing to see the amount of work that it takes to make a lense, loved how it all hooked together.
     
  16. Sir Ghallahad

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    They probably circulate the air like crazy. Probably clean and cycle the air 40 times an hour or something.
     
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    Oh yeah hehe - whoops.

    I think this might be front page material.
     
  18. Iceman

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    Not going to help with someone leaning over it.. bits of hair.. bits of skin..
     
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    I guess nobody noticed how removed from most of the process the staff were... *Edit* - Take a closer look a the last video - you'll see the person assembling the 500mm lens is wearing a hair net (although, not properly, a hair net should cover ALL hair on your head).
    Besides, it's only glass for a lens, it's not like it needs to be a highly polished mirror for a high energy laser or space bound telescope.
     
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    Any idea how annoying a single hair or a few bits of dandruff would be between lenses 4 and 5 on a 500mm lens?
     

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