The Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6L USM sells for a record €500,000 at auction

jeffa4444

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Feb 28, 2013
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As I’ve written before Samuelson Film Services bought two of these lenses. Both were converted for cinematography use. Only one survives and is owned by Panavision who bought Samuelson Film Services and it has a PL Mount I believe the only one that does.
 
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padam

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If they can overcome the mediocre sharpness, mediocre contrast, and donut bokeh that are the hallmarks of catadioptric lenses. But, you know...physics.
And the 1200mm f/5.6L isn't the sharpest either, it's soft by modern standards. A modern catadioptric lens designed for a new mount can probably match it in some regards at least (while actually being usable in the field).
 

tiggy@mac.com

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I'm sure there are a bunch of Leica lens collectors steaming, and figuring out how they can engineer a future feeding frenzy on some of the higher-end Leica oldies. There's no good reason one of them can't spend $1.5 million for a some limited edition 28mm.

If auctions were an indication of our economic competencies, we'd all be quite hosed.
 

takesome1

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Aug 23, 2013
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None your business Alaska
Looks very futuristic, presumably the lug/knob on the side is for attachment to a gimbal?

Do you have any idea what subject matter he had in mind when he had it built?
There are sites that say Wildlife Photography. There was one that I read some time ago that said it was mounted on top of a SUV. Both may have been speculation.
It was made for a 6x6 medium format.
Equivalent FOV on a 35mm would be 935mm;

Need to have an adapter so a 7D II can be mounted to it.
 
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domo_p1000

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Aug 22, 2013
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Dear Diary,
Today I feel content - I read a post on a Canon rumours site in which no one mentioned Sony, although the pertinent mention of a Zeiss Apo Sonnar lens came dangerously close!
 

maulanawale

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Looks very futuristic, presumably the lug/knob on the side is for attachment to a gimbal?

Do you have any idea what subject matter he had in mind when he had it built?
Probably PJ, you know, to get a safe working distance. . . .
Jokes aside, such a long focal length in a place like Qatar, wouldn't the heat haze be a nightmare?
 

Del Paso

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I'm sure there are a bunch of Leica lens collectors steaming, and figuring out how they can engineer a future feeding frenzy on some of the higher-end Leica oldies. There's no good reason one of them can't spend $1.5 million for a some limited edition 28mm.

If auctions were an indication of our economic competencies, we'd all be quite hosed.
$500,000 are nothing more than peanuts in the Leica collector's world.
Leica "0" series: number 7 sold for Euro 3.000,000 in 2011...
 

PhilA

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Jun 19, 2014
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Let me be the first to mention the EF1200f5.6L's older brother - the NFD1200f5.6L with built in 1.4 extender! I have used both way back in the day (but I was working for Canon Oz at the time). :)
 
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entoman

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Probably PJ, you know, to get a safe working distance. . . .
Jokes aside, such a long focal length in a place like Qatar, wouldn't the heat haze be a nightmare?
Yes, I wondered if it could have been for bird photography. Heat haze would be pretty awful in the middle of the day, but bird photography is most often done quite early in the morning, when it would be less of a problem.

However that is contradicted slightly by the highly reflective silver finish, which tends to indicate that the lens would be used primarily in hot sunny circumstances. The shape of the integral lens hood also indicates a need to keep overhead sunlight from striking the front element.

Interesting to speculate!
 
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peters

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Looks very futuristic, presumably the lug/knob on the side is for attachment to a gimbal?

Do you have any idea what subject matter he had in mind when he had it built?
DP Review says its for "long distance wildlife".
But given that it got a weight of 250kg, I can hardly belive this "quatari individual" that he planned on taking it out on safari :-D My guess: peeping at people from his skyscraper xD
 
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