By now, you’re probably well-aware that the internal guts stuffed into high-end camera gear can get extremely complex and intricate. If you weren’t aware, let this video be your introduction into a world of extremely small engineering tolerances, tiny screws, and really weird-looking, tube-shaped pieces.
Sometimes the massive price tags on fancy gear, especially lenses, can seem crazy until you realize just how much work goes into making these things.
The Canon EF 200-400mm F/4L IS USM is actually more complex—and pricier–than most thanks to its built-in 1.4x tele-extender, which gives it more range, but also requires even more fancy design work. It retails for just under $11,000, so this is probably the only time you’ll want to see one “exploded.”