The Mother of All Telephotos in Action

The Canon 1200mm f/5.6 L lens is a legendary optic that B&H calls “The Mother of all Telephotos“. It’s a 36 pound behemoth that costs $120,000 if you can find one for sale — only a handful of them were made at a rate of 2 per year (delivery time was 18 months). When coupled with a crop factor body (e.g. the Canon 7D) and a 2x extender, the lens is the equivalent of a 3840mm f/11. In the above video, Bryan Carnathan of The Digital Picture gives us a glimpse of the lens in action.

  • Ranger9

    I love that he’s got a neckstrap on the camera body — just in case he wants to take the rig off the tripod and stroll around for a while with a three-foot-long, 36-lb, $120,000 lens dangling from it. I wonder which would give up first: the neckstrap, the camera’s lensmount, or his neck?

  • Mike

    Just watching them move it around I cringed a bit. Then when I saw the price tag, I cringed some more… Love the comment about the strap.

  • Jonas Andersen

    Those guys are lucky that the military or SWAT team aren’t shooting them on sight. That thing looks like a missile launcher. Talk about photographers looking like terrorists :-)

  • Tifa

    The last time I went to visit them in late September, they had already sold the lens for $100,000.

  • Joakim Fjeldli

    Is it just me or is the guy in the shirt behaving like the situation is one of the most awkward situations he’s ever been in?

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  • Taptanium

    I wonder if I could use this to take pictures of lolcats :D