Phototrend GFX100S and XF150-600mm Factory Tour

Phototrend posted a very lengthy factory tour along with a Q&A that you can view here. Below is a summary of the Q&A:

  • The Fujinon XF150-600mm f/5.6-8 R LM OIS WR is Fujifilm’s most complex product to assemble due to its 20 optical elements that must be exactly positioned
  • GFX lenses are more complex than most XF lenses due to the resolution requirement that are verified with specific test charts that are used to verify image quality and lens adjustments
  • The Fujinon XF150-600mm f/5.6-8 R LM OIS WR takes a long time to assemble because it is manufactured across 4 factories, is made up of over 1000 parts, that are finally assembled in Taiwa
  • Workers are trained for about one month to do optical adjustments before they are able to work in the Taiwa factory after which they will start a very specific position, but as they gain experience they can move on to other things
  • GFX bodies and complex lenses like the Fujinon XF150-600mm f/5.6-8 R LM OIS WR are made in Japan
  • The Taiwa factory designs all processes to ensure production quality is maintained in other factories
  • Fujifilm is still experiencing semiconductor shortages that are impacting lens and camera production
  • The Fujifilm X100V sells out as quickly as they can produce them
  • Fujifilm designed an automated system for tuning the GFX’s boxes because they are sensitive to alignment
  • For GF and XF lenses adjustment is the key to image quality so Fujifilm has designed an automated system based on algorithms to speed up adjustments and AI might help with this in the future
  • Fujifilm takes photos during the final stage of packing for quality control that is close to using machine vision
  •  The majority of assembly steps are done by hand

Fujifilm GFX100S:
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Fujifilm GFX100:
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Fujifilm GFX50SII:
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Fujinon XF150-600mmF5.6-8 R WR:
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Fujifilm X100V:
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