How camera Optical lenses are made

You may know how to use a lens but knowing the fundamentals of their construction can help you better understand how they function. Watch this video to learn how Camera Optical Lenses are made and assembled.

As a Photographer & Film-maker you are probably very familiar with how to use a lens to capture awesome images. You likely know how they work, but do you know how lenses are made? Knowing how lenses are created isn’t necessary to be a successful photographer or film-maker, but knowing the fundamentals of their construction can help you better understand how they function.

There are a lot of different working parts in any lens so there is no simple way to create one. However, in it’s most basic form the process of creating a lens is:

  1. Mix glass powder in a large mixer
  2. Melt the powder to a liquid
  3. Squeeze a large sheet of glass out into a long glass strip
  4. Cut small measured squares of glass out of the larger strip
  5. Place the squares in a mold and melt in an oven
  6. Polish the glass
  7. Assemble the lens body with the glass inside