10 suppliers of off-the-shelf lenses

Published on by Optics for Hire.

In certain projects, the best lens design choice is not to do a design. While in volume, costs savings for a custom design are considerable, there are times when delivery time requirements don't permit the use of a custom design, or when a  existing lens used in high volume for a different application can be re-purposed. 

This process of finding the right lens starts with an online search off-the-shelf products and then (and this part is important) requesting Zemax 'black box' files. These Zemax files allow the optical engineer to truly model lens performance for a specific application. 

Below is a list of 10 optics suppliers we survey when looking for an off-the-shelf lens. Submit your email below to get this list, plus 15 more suppliers we use sent to your inbox. 

Basler Lens

Computar

EdmundOptics

Evetar

Kowa

Ricoh

Tamron

Theia

MyuTron

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