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Ginormous 5200mm Canon Lens on eBay

If you have an extra $45,000 lying around, you might still be able to purchase the Canon 5200mm f/14 lens that was listed on eBay last month. It ended on December 14th with 0 bids (I wonder why…). Here’s a screenshot, in case the listing is removed:

Here’s an old advertisement that was displayed on the auction, demonstrating the power of the lens:

For an even better idea of how powerful the magnification of this lens is, here’s a video made with the lens attached to a video camera:

Some of the facts and figures listed in the auction and on the video page are pretty interesting… The lens has a minimum focusing distance of 393ft/120m. It weighs 220lb,100kg without its stand. In a flyer promoting the lens, Canon states that,

This is the only ultra-telephoto lens in the world capable of taking photographs of objects 18 to 32 miles away (30km to 52kms away). Having a focal length of 5200mm, Canon Mirror Lens 5200mm can obtain one hundred times as large an object image as that of a 50mm lens.

What’s even more interesting, is that if used with a DSLR with a crop factor (i.e. Canon 50D), the lens is effectively a 8320mm lens. Wowzers.

Obviously, this lens isn’t very practical for things aside from spying on someone across a city, or staring at some portion of the moon. It seems like the lens would primarily be used for astrophotography. Can you think of any other examples of where this focal length could be useful?

(via PDNPulse)


 
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  • dixonmarshall

    A mirror lens. Gotta love that doughnut bokeh…

  • dixonmarshall

    A mirror lens. Gotta love that doughnut bokeh…

  • http://www.tyleringram.com TylerIngram

    The owners has been trying to sell it for a long time. I keep seeing it on ebay and around the web. I think it was used for taking photos of Nuclear Bomb testing wasnt it?

    Now if Crumpler could make a camera strap so I can hang that from around my neck, I might go and place a bid!

  • http://photoblog.estreme.net/ lolovroom

    Great for some very very shy birds

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1088610026 facebook-1088610026

    Still more than half as cheap as the Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6 is used: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/116642-US

  • http://tcrpmg.wordpress.com/ TCRPMG

    That is quite a lens. Highly impractical to most, but still very cool. Would make a cool collectors item. How many people could say they have one? Now, to just find a spare 45K kicking around and a Canon Camera.

  • dbiggins71

    Hmmm, you might need a tripod for that. And a bank manager with a sense of humour.

  • M Styborski

    But the lenscleaning kit is still just 5.95!

  • TSY87

    Surprised its not an “L” lens… no red ring, no care.

  • Name

    This could be used for terapixel panoramas if you had access to one of those robotic arms used in the auto industry.

  • http://www.petapixel.com Michael Zhang

    Or petapixel panoramas ;-)

  • http://twitter.com/gordonwilliams Gordon Williams

    What no IS?… I'm out.

  • http://www.petapixel.com Michael Zhang

    For what, earthquakes? Haha.

  • http://twitter.com/ozwebfx Richard Ellender

    My lens is bigger than yours!

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    the canon mark III would look like Haemorrhoids sticking out of its derriere!!!

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  • Cara

    I want one ! :p

    Who want's to carry it for me ?? :D :D

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  • Filhodesigns

    My question is: Is there any TC converters for that lens?

  • http://www.thisisjoe.net YJawhar

    Good one!! hahaha

  • http://www.thisisjoe.net YJawhar

    “Can you think of any other examples of where this focal length could be useful?” Why would I even consider bothering my brain to think of another reason when you gave us the best reason to get it: “spying on someone across a city” IMAGINE THE ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES, especially that I have a Canon APS-C sensor camera!!!

  • Konraden

    Well, I imagine you could use this to spy on Area 51 with a bucket-truck from a civilian location. Or something.

  • Cooltouch

    When you see the rig the lens was originally mounted on, it seems pretty obvious that it was used for things such as long-range viewing of missile tests, and the like. Obviously built for the military.

  • Bffm10

    Since someone asked for other uses – stalking your ex without violating the restraining order…

  • Bffm10

    Since someone asked for other uses – stalking your ex without violating the restraining order…

  • Bffm10

    Since someone asked for other uses – stalking your ex without violating the restraining order…

  • Callmecolors

    is there a reverse ring macro adapter for this lens?

  • Justawordaway

    This is what I have been looking for. Gotta do some macro shots on Martian insects.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pete.rearden Pete Rearden

    for an extra 300 bucks I know a guy who could convert it from FD to EF…

  • http://www.facebook.com/pete.rearden Pete Rearden

    as for uses….golf tournaments, without having to get onto the course…and a variety of military applications

  • http://www.facebook.com/felix.patzelt.92 Felix Patzelt

    Then you can look directly at quarks. Cool!

  • http://www.facebook.com/davis.thompson.12 Davis Thompson

    Ice giants. We could finally get photos of ice giants.

  • tomdavidsonjr

    I’m less bothered by the price than I am by a headline containing the word “ginormous”.

  • Avinash

    Crop sensor cameras could help!