See How The Canon 500mm F/4 L Lens Is Made

Canon’s 500mm F/4 L IS II Lens is a $10,499 behemoth. It is a second generation of the 500 f/4 L glass, following a v1 stabilized unit. Both are considered top of the line lenses.

It is amazing to see that part of the production process includes manually crashing optical glass by hand. Than on the other hand, after the glass has been ground and polish it is handled with care saved for diamonds.

If you want to cry, jump to 8:46 where you see an entire tray of the front element simply sitting on a cleaning table.

[How It's Made - Canon 500mm f/4 L Lens via Janoeliop]

P.S. unsurprisingly, Lee Filters are going through a similar process

  • https://www.facebook.com/KimBooth2010 Kim Smith Booth

    Hey, Rick Hines, here’s an idea if you aren’t sure what to get me for my birthday! Ha! Ron Booth Kelli Olvey Hines

  • https://www.facebook.com/rick.hines2 Rick Hines

    That’s a fine looking lens!!!

  • https://www.facebook.com/KimBooth2010 Kim Smith Booth

    Yeah, if only I had $10k laying around..!

  • https://www.facebook.com/tim.brook Tim Brook

    Right, think I’ll go and make myself one…It’s the only way I’ll ever own one.

  • timothyhood

    What makes me cry isn’t the video, but your poor grammar.

  • https://www.facebook.com/Astraim Alvaro García

    Richard, mira como se hace un lente de 10000 dólares :D

  • https://www.facebook.com/Astraim Alvaro García

    Richard, mira como se hace un lente de 10000 dólares :D

    • https://www.facebook.com/richard.santosmendez Richard Santos Mendez

      Digamos que da un poquito de trabajo y maquinaria…………….pero podrian bajarlos un poquito!!!!!!

    • https://www.facebook.com/richard.santosmendez Richard Santos Mendez

      Digamos que da un poquito de trabajo y maquinaria…………….pero podrian bajarlos un poquito!!!!!!

  • Mark Berry

    Fine, fine lens, but have we not learned anything about making corporate video’s over the last few decades? I was nearly asleep by 2 mins, and I’m interested in both the lens and the engineering!!!