Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6 – Super Telephoto Lens

[Simple Popup Images unable to find thumbnail image size for Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6 at ‘’ or ‘/nfs/c01/h02/mnt/34424/domains/’ ]Don’t have enough toys? How about a Canon 1200mm L-series USM prime lens? This monster lens was introduced in 1993, six years after the launch of EOS-series cameras, and discontinued in 2005. The initial price for this lens was US$89,579. According to Wikipedia, there are about a dozen of these lenses in existence. Sports Illustrated magazine owns two of them, as does Canon Professional Services and James Jannard, the billionaire founder of Oakley. The one shown here was on display at the Canon Pro Shutterbug event held at Cineleisure in Singapore this past weekend. Click on the photo for a larger version.

Canon’s description of this lens reads: “The world’s largest interchangeable SLR AF lens, in terms of both focal length and maximum aperture. Two large fluorite elements eliminate secondary spectrum, resulting in extremely sharp, and high-quality images. With Extender EF 1.4x or 2x, a whopping focal length of 1700mm f/8 or 2400mm f/11 can be obtained respectively.”

The lens features a one-touch revolving mechanism for quick switching between horizontal and vertical formats. The lens weighs a mere 16.5kg/36.3lbs and has a minimum focusing distance of 14m/49.5ft. FedEx shipping charges are US$400 (one-way)!

If you must have this lens, there is a used one listed here for a mere US$111,111!

Care to guess the camera body mounted on the lens? Nothing but the best! It is a Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II.

More photos from the event are here.

Robert’s Rating: *****

Note: Model posing with the lens is ‘Ying’ from Jeffrey Chung Models.

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