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Video: See How the Canon 1200mm ‘Mother of All Telephoto Lenses’ Performs in the Wild

Want to see that ultra-rare Canon 1200mm f/5.6 L USM lens we told you about a couple of weeks ago in action? Well, you’re in luck, because the folks over at MPB Photographic have delivered on their promise to create some content with it by putting this monster through its paces in London.

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This outing was supposed to answer two questions about the “Mother of all Telephoto Lenses”: how does it perform and just how far can it be pushed?

And so, to answer both of those questions, they took the camera to The Mall in London to see just how crisp Buckingham Palace looked at 1200mm… and 1680mm… and 2400mm.

Here’s a look at their results, from 50mm all the way up to 2400mm (thanks to a Canon EF 2x III Extender). All of these photos were shot with a Canon 1DX:

50mm | Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

50mm | Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

200mm | Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM

200mm | Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM

400mm | Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM

400mm | Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM

1200mm | Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6 L USM

1200mm | Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6 L USM

1680mm | Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6 L USM + Canon EF 1.4x III Extender

1680mm | Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6 L USM + Canon EF 1.4x III Extender

2400mm | Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6 L USM + Canon EF 2x III Extender

2400mm | Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6 L USM + Canon EF 2x III Extender

“It is undeniably impressive to take in the view through the 1200mm,” writes the MPB Photographic team over on their blog. “A glance over the lens is required to get your bearings and the view is somewhat dizzying at first but, given the sheer distance alone, the detail rendered in the viewfinder is staggering and the results don’t disappoint.”

To read more about this experience and see just how crisp the images turned out EVEN when it was being passed through extra glass, head over to the MPB Photographic website by following the link below.

Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6 L USM – Focal Length Comparison [MPB Photographic]


 
  • FireDog

    Sorry guys…the “mother of all telephoto lenses” is the 65 mm cine lens
    Sphero Panatar 450mm lens built for the mirage sequence in “Lawrence of Arabia”
    the days before CGI and one had to be truly creative