A Look Behind the Scenes at Sigma’s Japanese Lens Factory

Sigma’s lenses, particularly the Art Series, have achieved widespread popularity – this is how they are made

I bet if we showed you how a lens was made, from start to finish (the first screw to the final plastic wrap), a large number of you would be surprised by the complexity of the process, as well as how many pieces go into such a product. It is easy to be ignorant to the process of putting something together when all you see is the final product. We all do it from time to time: be it over fast food or incredibly complex electronics. But today we have a special look inside Sigma’s Lens Factory in Japan and it’s just another reminder of how much work goes into these [amazon_textlink asin=’B00DBL0NLQ’ text=’Sigma lenses’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’ce8bb53b-3833-11e8-8ec8-7945fd8ddc71′].

It is always a crazy reminder to see the Sigma workers hand painting the white text onto the lenses buttons and barrel. The level of craftsmanship and artistry going into such a simple part of the lens production line is just about the perfect example of Sigma’s commitment to excellent products. I don’t think any of us would bat an eye at the idea of Sigma having some robot paint those pieces. In fact, it probably surprises many of you that they don’t.

But along with the looks and glimpses into the lens production process at Sigma, the team over at Cinema 5D were able to get a sit down with Sigma’s CEO to talk about the history of Sigma. They discuss why all the machinery is blue, and some other great tidbits about the company. The video itself is about seven minutes, and if you have any Sigma lenses or have used them in the past we definitely recommend this one for your lunch break.

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Anthony Thurston

Anthony is a Portland, Oregon based Boudoir Photographer specializing in a dark, moody style that promotes female body positivity, empowerment, and sexuality. Besides The Phoblographer, he also reviews gear and produces his own educational content on his website.