A: When looking for optical components for your camera, instrument, or sensor the first port of call is often the off-the-shelf market, and quite rightly so. Off-the-shelf optical components can offer advantages such as shorter delivery times and lower price. However, when an optical application requires something a little more demanding such as high performance, high-resolution, compactness or a large format image, using an off-the-shelf lens will force you to compromise. The result of this compromise can be a reduction in optical performance, a bulkier less attractive product, a shorter product life or loss of competitive advantage – all of which lead to lower profitability.
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