Behind the Scenes: How Fujifilm X-Series Lenses Are Made

January 17, 2016 | Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses | 3 Comments | |
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As well as being shown the production of the Fujifilm X-Pro2 camera, we were also lucky enough to find out how the XF 35 f/2 and new XF 100-400mm X-series lenses are made at Fujifilm's Sendai factory.

To avoid contamination of the lenses, a strict Cleanroom Suit protocol is followed in this part of the factory, causing much mirth among the assembled journalists.

Again, the production process is surprisingly manual and labour intensive, with a small team of workers (one line for each lens) taking around 3 hours to produce the XF 100-400mm lens from start to finish, and around half that time for the less complicated XF 35mm f/2 lens.

The completed lenses are then laser-engraved, inspected, spot-checked and finally packaged up, again all by hand.

Fujifilm also conduct their own in-depth target testing of sample lenses, which we weren't allowed to photograph for confidentiality reasons.

You can also take a look at how the X-Pro2 camera is made, and take a peek inside the X-Pro2 too.

Here is a gallery showing the full Fujifilm X-series lens production line from start to finish.

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#1 Nick

Fascinating! Great to see Made in Japan in action.

12:11 am - Tuesday, January 19, 2016

#2 Phil

This is great, so interesting, I was in my local camera shop the other day and one of the members of staff told me to come and look at this blog. My favourite entry I've read so far! 3 hours to make one lense! No wonder they're so good.

6:44 pm - Wednesday, January 20, 2016

#3 Pierre Robert

Very nice information and picture

8:18 pm - Friday, January 22, 2016