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For Sale: A Monster 350lb Soviet Spy Satellite Lens for $18,500

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If your mantra in life is “bigger is better,” then here’s a lens for you. Over in Ukraine, someone is selling a gigantic lens from a Soviet spy satellite on the country’s “craigslist”.

USSRPhoto reports that the lens was once used by the Soviets on the Yantar 4K2 satellite, mounted to a Zhemchug-18 film camera to photograph sites of interest down on Earth.

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The lens weighs 158kg (~348lbs), measures 1,330mm (~4.36ft) long, and has a diameter of 470mm (~1.54ft) at its widest point. Just for reference, an official NBA basketball is around 9 inches in diameter, so you can basically fit two basketballs side by side in this lens.

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Oh, and it comes with its own hard case so you can safely transport it between photo shoots.

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If you’re interested, you can purchase this lens from the website SS.ua, which is basically the craigslist of Ukraine. The price is ₴460,000 (~$18,500), but the seller says the “price is negotiable.” If you do end up buying this lens, you’ll probably need to figure out how to adapt it to you camera yourself.

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