1993 EF 1200mm f/5.6L USMThat lens has been out of production well over a decade, and the number of units in likely in the 10's
I've always understood that no 1200mm EF lenses made. The only ones were reworked 1200mm FD lenses.
The EF 1200mm f
/5.6L USM is a professional L-series lens, that is now discontinued.
The lens was first developed for the Canon FD mount
, although never marketed until after Canon had transitioned to the EF mount. According to a Canon USA representative interviewed in 2009, the lens made its first public appearance at the 1984 Summer Olympics
in Los Angeles
; Canon had shipped five copies of the lens for media use at the Games. All of the FD 1200mm f
/5.6L lenses were eventually shipped back to Canon in Japan. Later in the 1980s, these lenses were converted to the EF mount.
The official site of Canon competitor Nikon
implies that early versions of the Canon 1200mm lens (with a built-in teleconverter, a feature not included in the final production lens) were also used by photographers covering baseball games, including the very popular high school tournaments
, at Japan's Koshien Stadium