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Canon’s monster 1200mm f/5.6 lens fetches a record $580,000 at auction

Canon’s 1200mm f/5.6 is usually thought to be the stuff of fable and legend. Of direction, the lens exists, however there are so few of them in the market that the majority of us won’t ever even see one in particular person, let by myself get to check out one. Originally manufactured in very restricted amounts via particular order best within the Nineties, it got here with the princely sum of round $90,000 and it’s estimated that best round 20 have been ever made.

One of those extraordinarily uncommon lenses popped up at the Wetzlar Camera Auctions ultimate week, and a bidding battle despatched the associated fee sky rocketing to a whopping €500,000 (round $580,000). This isn’t the most valuable lens out there, however that is the absolute best quantity that a lens has ever fetched at auction.


Shockingly, in spite of the low manufacturing numbers, at least 3 of them have controlled to seek out their strategy to the B&H used department. The first used to be indexed at $99,000 in 2008 thru B&H. A 2nd lens gave the impression in 2010 for $120,000. Then, in 2015, a third popped up for $180,000. MPB additionally had one in 2014 for round $165,000. This newest one, fetching $580,000 at auction marks a vital building up in price.

There isn’t a lot of knowledge in the market in regards to the lens – finally, why would there be, it wasn’t precisely aimed at a mass marketplace, however Canon did say on their site at one time (quoted from here, even though the page on the Canon website now comes up Error 4040):

This outstanding lens is the longest on this planet with complete autofocus capacity. Two fluorite components for excellent symbol high quality, make it best for plenty of skilled packages the place it’s inconceivable to get with regards to the topic. Fully appropriate with any EOS SLR, together with virtual our bodies, autofocus efficiency is silent and on the spot because of the Ultrasonic Motor. It’s additionally appropriate with the Canon Extender EF 1.4x II (making it a 1700mm f/8) and EF 2x II (2400mm f/11)

Regardless of the way sensible this lens is for many people, and despite the fact that we don’t shoot Canon, it certain is a factor of good looks. It makes use of huge fluorite crystals to create its lens components with rising instances that intended the lenses took a complete yr to make. Canon are stated to have best made about two of them consistent with yr because of the rarity of the crystals, few of which might be identified to exist nowadays.

It accommodates 13 components in 10 teams with a minimal focal point distance of round 45.9ft (or 14 metres) and best a 2° 05′ diagonal attitude of view. It takes 49mm drop-in filters (as a result of, truly, despite the fact that it has a thread at the entrance, who makes filters that massive?) and it’s autofocus. It options an interior focusing device with USM, which means that it will have to nonetheless paintings on the newest and biggest EOS R5 and EOS R3 our bodies with the EF to RF adapter.

I believe this auction could have now additionally vastly larger the worth of the few others in the market on this planet. Some persons are going to should be calling their insurance coverage firms to allow them to know!

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