Ultra-Rare Canon EF 1200mm for Sale in the UK for $165K, Muscles Needed to Lift It Not Included

MPB Photographic - Canon EF 1200mm

The ultra-rare lens that B&H Photo dubbed “The Mother of All Telephoto Lenses“, the Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6L USM Super-telephoto, has surfaced once more on the World Wide Web. And with enough money and upper body strength, this one-of-about-twenty behemoth of a lens could be all yours.

This particular lens is up for sale by MPB Photographic in the UK, and they’re asking for £99,000 (~$165,000 USD) for a lens they describe as “in virtually immaculate condition with barely a discernible mark anywhere on the barrel.”

So, what makes this lens worth about as much as a used Lamborghini? Well, for one, only about 20 of these monsters were ever made at a rate of only 2 per year. And of those ~20, only a few have ever been sold into private ownership.

MPB Photographic - Canon EF 1200mm - ID Plate

Canon Professional Services, Sports Illustrated, National Geographic and “possibly several government or law enforcement agencies” are all rumored to have one or two of these lying around, but this is the first we’ve seen up for sale to the public since B&H sold one for $120K back in 2009.

Over the coming weeks, MPB told us they plant to continue generating content about the lens, “including testing, a couple of outings etc.” So keep an eye out for that if you’re not one of the lucky few who can afford to spend $165K on a lens instead of a house.

If, on the other hand, you can (and want) to spend that kind of money on a lens, you can head over to MPB Photographic where that money will snag you the lens, a hard flight case to carry it in, a rear lens cap, a leather lens cap, and a Gelatin II drop in filter.

Image credits: Photographs provided by MPB Photographic

  • Nicholas Erwin

    I can totally fit that in my camera bag.

  • Niall

    Do you think it’s carry-on compatible?!

  • Adam Cross

    “MPB told us they plant to continue” plan*

  • Cristian

    I think the 1dx is bonus.

  • Thekaph

    Not on United!

  • Bill Frill

    Is it me or does that badge look photoshopped on in the photo above?

  • Michael McNamara

    Somewhere a dentist is calling their broker and accountant.

  • luiz barbosa

    I’ll use on street photography

  • Mark Settle

    We’re likely to see more pictures of one than from one.

  • Charles Payet

    That’s funny………NOT. I can only think of a handful of dentists could who afford that, and trust me, I know……I’m a dentist. Less than 0.5% of all 180,000 dentists in the USA could even imagine buying it. I’m pretty successful, but that lens is nothing more than a pipe dream.

  • Brennus

    If you are conflict photographer, you can use it to bludgeon any potential threats.

  • Patrick Huffine

    Pfft, not f/1.2, who cares.

  • kassim

    Only 5.6? Pass.

  • markz

    I think at that weight and size you use (and pay for) a seat just for that…
    or, more likely, given one of the few private owners of a 1200 L is Jim Jannard (founder of Oakely inc, and in his case he owns two of these – greedy bastard :) ) you just buy a new private plane as a custom carry case.

  • Vin Weathermon

    Can I rent one from Samy’s? LOL

  • Ahmed

    I think that’s what they meant by “a rear lens cap” ;)

  • Paolo Bubu

    It would probably fill the whole street if you point it across it :P

  • Tiktian C

    where are the nikkor 1200-1700/5.6-8P’s ?!?!

  • luiz barbosa

    I got that one, while testing it :P

  • Ralph Hightower

    I’d be interested in the FD mount.

  • Sir Stewart Wallace

    Hidden in the basement because it’s a rather ugly lens?