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The A417, also known as “The Long Ranger”, was unveiled by Gloucestershire police and is now Britain’s biggest speed camera. It’s capable of spotting license plates from 1,000 meters or 3/5 of a mile away, thanks to a Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS telephoto zoom lens. In addition to ultra clear photos, the camera can also record video of people inside their vehicles. So, if you just so happen to be driving between Gloucestershire and Wiltshire, make sure you’re not speeding, tailgating, etc. Read more for additional photos and information.
“While traditional speed guns and cameras can usually be seen by drivers from a distance, allowing them time to change their behavior, the Canon 100-400mm paired with a 1.4x teleconverter provides a 35mm focal length of 560mm. It’s unclear what sensor size the A417 uses, but the resulting focal length allows the A417 to clearly capture drivers from 1km away, making it too far away to be seen while approaching it,” reports Peta Pixel.