1st April 2003, 11:32 AM
Camera Factories in Singapore?
Just curious, are there any camera factories in Singapore?
Would be nice to go through the lens and CCD assembly lines... seeing how they are being manufactured, etc.
1st April 2003, 11:36 AM
Use to have one and is 'Rollei' at Chai Chee but is already history.
1st April 2003, 11:38 AM
There is a Leica factory in Jurong, they make lens over there, but you would have a hard time to ask to walk in and take a look.
3rd April 2003, 06:34 PM
The Leica in Jurong does not make camera equipment. They produce surveying instruments used in building and construction. Optics are also used to make these products, but certainly not in the way our camera makes use of em. But it will also be interesting to see, went for a short stint with their headquarters in Switzerland during my industrial attachment.
3rd April 2003, 10:58 PM
You are right that Leica Singapore only make lens for surveying equipment. However, Leica camera sells for a few $k, Leica surveying equipment sells for 10s of $k, which one would use a better optics?
4th April 2003, 03:03 PM
The main reason why these equipment are so expensive is cos they must be assembled by hand and slowly calibrated. These instruments are extremely accurate, to the degree that our cameras don't need. Besides, there are supplementary modules like lasers, IR, etc built into them, all of which our cameras don't have. The optical part is very much simpler than that of our camera lenses, usually with only 4 or so elements. Cost come largerly for the manual labour required to calibrate these instruments, all weather tests, electronics, etc etc.